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Video: Anesthesia During Breast Cancer Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 11:22 AM

Most breast cancer surgery takes place in an outpatient setting and the anesthesia used is mainly intravenous.

An anti anxiety medication is first injected and followed by a short acting narcotic and a sedative which causes moderate to deep sleep depending on...

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Video: Understanding the Causes of Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 3:20 PM

Hereditary breast cancer is identified with the BRCA 1 and 2 mutations. Ancestry is importance and an exploration of the maternal and paternal  history of diseases. 

Dr. Smith explains that a woman's personal hormonal history -- age of menarche, and menopause, childbearing and breast feeding reflect estrogen exposure can be as...

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Video: Ovarian Cancer - Genetic Screening and Surgical Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 5:37 PM

Women who have a family history of ovarian cancer or a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation are candidates for prophylactic removal of the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

This does prevent ovarian cancer, but, there is the small risk of developing primary...

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Video: Conserving the Breast in the Removal of Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 5:31 PM

The aim of surgery is to remove all of the cancer in the breast. The initial pioneering operation was a quadrantectomy.

This proved to be very successful but was a deforming operation. Excellent cosmetic results are now expected with lumpectomy, which is a...

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Video: Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 12:39 PM

Fibroids are a common benign condition which usually doesn't require treatment. 

Dr. Jacoby describes the symptoms and indications for hysterectomy and also about uterine artery emobolization, a method of shrinking fibroids in women who have completed childbearing.

Interviewee:

Alison Jacoby, MD, Associate Professor...

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Video: Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 12:28 PM

Fibroids are a common benign condition which usually don't require treatment. 

Dr. Jacoby describes the symptoms and indications for hysterectomy and also about uterine artery emobolization, a method of shrinking fibroids in women who have completed childbearing.

Interviewee:

Alison Jacoby, MD, Associate Professor...

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Video: A Clinical Trial Explaining DCIS

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 10:51 AM

Since all DCIS is not the same as regards malignant potential, Dr. Shelley Hwang describes a clinical trial that will hopefully provide some answers.

Where the DCIS contains hormone receptors, patients may be treated three months prior to surgery to monitor response to...

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Video: Treatment Options for Early Stage Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 12:06 PM

Hormone therapy is used in all stages of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. The success of five years of Tamoxifen in post menopausal women has been augmented by the addition of Aromatase inhibitors.

In this video, Dr. Hope Rugo describes the randomized clinical trials designed...

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VIDEO: New Frontiers in Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 11:36 AM

Hormone therapy is a standard treatment for both early-stage and metastatic breast cancer. New studies show that extending the duration of treatment in post-menopausal women beyond the standard five years may reduce cancer recurrence and improve survival.

In this video, Dr. Hope Rugo discusses...

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Video: Pathologist and Surgeon Team to Find the Extent of a Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 3:25 PM

Most women who have cancer can save their breast with a lumpectomy, followed by radiation therapy.

Dr. Deborah Axelrod, a...

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Video: Prevention Steps for Breast & Ovarian Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 12:55 PM


Besides BRCA 1 and 2 mutations, there are other factors which increase a woman's risk of developing a breast or ovarian cancer.

It is important to seek out health professionals, genetic counselors or doctors who are qualified to identify these and...

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Video: Treating Breast Cancer Survivors... For Many Years

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 4:26 PM

Anne Moore is an oncologist who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, often seeing her patients for many years past their diagnosis and treatment.

Survivorship is high, so patients are followed over the long-term, often to allay their fears of recurrence and to monitor their health status.

This follow-up...

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Latest in Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Breast conservation consists of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. In the standard approach, X ray treatment is administered five days a week for 5-6 weeks. Some women cannot work this out and need to have a mastectomy.

Dr. Alvarado describes who is a candidate for a multi-institutional trial called...

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Video: The Opportunity for Prevention -- What Works and What's on the Horizon

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 3:01 PM

Being a breast surgeon has been exciting over the past several decades, not only because we can do smaller operations like a lumpectomy and accomplish natural looking reconstructions when breast removal is needed, but, we can also prevent disease- the highest goal in medicine....

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Video: Giving a Diagnosis of Cancer and Hope

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 6:04 PM


Two breast surgeons, Dr. Beth Siegel and Dr. Deborah Axelrod, talk about what it is like to break the news to a woman that she has breast cancer.


Most women first react with fear of losing a breast...

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Video: Finding Signs of Ovarian Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM


Ovarian cancer is rare and usually discovered at a late stage. The signs and symptoms are subtle and not dissimilar from other abdominal or pelvic complaints.

The key is that they are persistent.

In this video, Elizabeth Poynor, MD,...

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