Exciting Developments for Pancreatic Cancer Care

**By Flavio G. Rocha, MD** After successful treatment for pancreatic cancer, one of our patients shared her story. Life after cancer is not normal, she said, it’s better than that. She talked of being inspired by the dedication of the Virginia Mason … [Read more...]

Know if the Shoe Fits: Top Footwear Tips for Runners

**By Jeffrey R. Pentek, DPM** Whether you occasionally jog, run a couple of days each week or regularly race competitively, a key to enjoying – and enduring – the sport is establishing and maintaining foot health practices, which include periodic … [Read more...]

Make Stretching Your Fitness Strategy: Tips from Tyler Lockett and David Belfie, MD

When is the best time to stretch, before or after exercise? What types of stretches have the most benefit? Why does stretching become more important as we age? These are just a few of the questions Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks and orthopedic … [Read more...]

A Little Help Goes a Long Way: How Virginia Mason Volunteers Make a Big Impact

Each year, National Volunteer Week shines a light on the people who are inspired to serve, recognizing the impact of volunteers on individual lives and the well-being of our communities. At Virginia Mason, we have 560 volunteers who donate 330,000 … [Read more...]

Watchman Device Potential Alternative to Blood Thinners

People with atrial fibrillation – an abnormal, irregular heart rate – are at increased risk of stroke due to blood clots. The abnormal rhythm may cause blood to pool and form clots, mainly in a small chamber of the heart known as the left atrial … [Read more...]

Immune System Discovery May Stop Breast Cancer

The study of a protein, critical in causing asthma, allergies and other diseases, has led scientists at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) to discover a new strategy for stopping breast cancer. BRI researchers Emma Kuan, PhD, and … [Read more...]

Transgender Health Care at Virginia Mason: Providers are ‘Driven to Do This Work’

Longtime Virginia Mason patient Samantha Forney and the nurse caring for her sat down to talk. The nurse had made a mistake by referring to Samantha, who is a transgender woman, with male pronouns. Samantha saw an opportunity for teaching, with a … [Read more...]

Female Urinary Incontinence: Know the Non-Mesh Alternatives

**By Una Lee, MD** It is important for all women to be educated on how their urinary tract works and options that exist when problems occur. A mid-urethral mesh sling is a common surgery that treats stress urinary incontinence. It has been one of … [Read more...]

What Your Gut Should Tell You: Esophageal Health Requires an Experienced Team

Reflux and other esophageal issues require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent more serious health concerns, including chronic indigestion or rarely, cancer. The Esophageal Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason brings a multidisciplinary … [Read more...]

A Horse Walks into a Hospital. No, Really.

A visitor to your hospital room wearing boots and a jaunty hat might not be instantly welcome – unless it happens to be a mini horse. Baxter the therapy horse is just 26 inches tall at the shoulders, but he becomes larger than life for patients … [Read more...]