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Exercise and Breast Cancer: The Benefits and How to Get Started

November 18, 2016

As a breast cancer patient or breast cancer survivor, it’s important to stay active – even if you don’t feel up to it. In a recent study by Kerry Courneya, PhD, found that women with breast cancer that participated in a resistance training program during chemotherapy required less dosage and fewer delays in their chemotherapy treatments.  Of course, if you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment, you should first discuss exercise with your doctor. For most breast cancer patients, rigorous activity isn’t recommended, but regular moderate exercise, such as walking or strength training with light weights, can help you to feel better, and as strange as it may sound, you might even feel less tired than before you exercised.

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Breast Cancer Care

August 11, 2016

While one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, dramatic advances have been made in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease. We can now test each patient’s tumor for molecular and genetic changes. This allows us to understand the exact biologic process taking place and better choose the medications and therapies that are targeted directly for that cancer. Some call this personalized medicine, some call it precision medicine and some call it targeted therapy. Regardless of the name, the result is breast cancer has an excellent survival rate when caught early.

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Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgery

August 5, 2016

Today, women undergoing mastectomies have the advantage of significant advances in reconstructive breast surgery and leading-edge oncoplastic techniques that allow the skilled breast surgeon to preserve the envelope of the breast and sometimes the nipple for exceptional cosmetic outcomes.

Oncoplastic breast cancer surgery combines the optimal techniques of breast cancer surgery and plastic surgery to give patients an appealing outcome. Women who undergo successful oncoplastic breast cancer surgery have higher self-esteem and a more positive self-image than women who have a traditional mastectomy. Oncoplastic techniques are also used in breast conserving surgery or lumpectomy.

Some of the benefits of oncoplastic breast cancer surgery include:

  • A wider margin around the cancer can be removed for better cancer control
  • Breast tissue in both breasts can be reshaped providing symmetry between the breasts
  • The nipple may be repositioned if necessary

All Compass breast surgical oncologists are highly skilled in oncoplastic breast cancer surgery. To learn more about your options for oncoplastic breast cancer surgery, call our Compass Breast Specialists team:

Portland – 503 297 7403

Vancouver – 360 944 9889

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Common Misconceptions about Breast Cancer Risk Factors

August 4, 2016

The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. There are numerous misconceptions about who is likely to get breast cancer out there.

Many women often think they can’t get breast cancer unless they’re old.
The fact is almost one quarter of women are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50.

Women often think they can’t get breast cancer if it doesn’t run in their family.
The truth is the vast majority of breast cancers are not the result of an inherited gene mutation. That’s why it’s important to start mammograms at age forty and have them regularly. It’s the changes in the breast over time that help the radiologist find breast cancers.

Too many women put off having their mammogram because they are afraid of what they may find. The truth is when diagnosed early breast cancer has more than a 95% survival rate.

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Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

August 2, 2016

We all know that early detection of breast cancer saves lives yet many women often take a “wait and see” attitude when they notice a change in their breasts. We’re busy. We think it will go away. Oh, it’s probably nothing. Why take that chance? The experts at Compass Oncology and survivors everywhere urge you to see your doctor immediately if you notice:

  • A new lump or mass
  • Swelling of all or part of the breast even if you don’t feel a lump
  • Pain in the breast or nipple
  • Nipple discharge
  • Nipple retraction or turning inward
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast tissue

We can’t stress enough that any new mass should be evaluated by a doctor skilled in breast cancer diagnosis. It’s a misconception that if the lump isn’t painful, it doesn’t need to be checked. Even though it’s true a mass that’s painless and hard with irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, breast cancers can be tender, soft or rounded, even painful. 

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