Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [Read more...]

Surviving Breast Cancer: Linda’s Story

I'm Linda and I'm 68 years old. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I had my regular mammogram, something didn't look right. They wanted me to come back for another mammogram and ultrasound. That showed a possible tumor and a … [Read more...]

Getting a Mammogram: Why the Conflicting Recommendations?

**By Peter R. Eby, MD, FSBI** The controversy over when to start screening mammograms and how often to get them in average risk women has been around since the early 1990s. The American College of Radiology (ACR), United States Preventive Services … [Read more...]

Can How You Eat Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer? Mediterranean Diet Study Suggests Link

In September study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine got a lot of attention: the almost five year study showed women who followed a version of the Mediterranean diet significantly lowered their risk of developing breast cancer. The … [Read more...]

A Labor of Love: Creating Hats for Hope

Kailey Druffel has visited Virginia Mason a number of times, but not as a patient. Her mother, Shelly, was a surgical technician at Virginia Mason when Kailey was young, before a long battle with breast cancer took Shelly’s life. Now her mom’s former … [Read more...]

Ice Sculpture Resonates with People Touched by Cancer

On April 27, Virginia Mason made cancer disappear. Five-foot tall letters made of ice spelled the disease, then slowly broke apart into icy rubble under blue sky at Seattle’s Westlake Center. Part of the “See What’s Happening to Cancer” campaign, … [Read more...]

Think Pink This October

October means pumpkins and Halloween costumes – and everything in the stores is a festive orange and black. But for those of us who know someone who has or has been through breast cancer, the only color that matters this month is pink for breast … [Read more...]

Should I Get a Mammogram?

I turned 40 in February and was reminded a few weeks later at my annual exam that it was time to start thinking about getting a mammogram. Great – as if turning into a woman of a certain age wasn’t hard enough, I now had to gather the motivation to … [Read more...]

Breast Clinic Now Offers 3D Digital Screening for Cancer

Virginia Mason is now offering a new technology for screening women for breast cancer called Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as DBT, which provides 3D mammography to help care providers make more accurate diagnoses. “The Virginia … [Read more...]

Should Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Have a Mastectomy?

If a woman finds out she is at higher risk for breast cancer, is undergoing a mastectomy to prevent the disease her best means of prevention? I sat down with Virginia Mason breast surgeon Janie Grumley, MD, to get the facts about being higher risk, … [Read more...]