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...]

Knitters Show Their Support for Worried Mammography Patients

… because a little piece of yourself goes into everything you knit … ~ McCall’s Knitting Slogan, 1955 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is easy to put on a pink ribbon to show your support. At Virginia Mason Federal Way, the team not only … [Read more...]

New Treatment Options Available for Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Patient Amy Asbury Benefits from Groundbreaking Clinical Trial Learning you have breast cancer on a Friday afternoon makes for a frightening and uncertain weekend. What helped Amy Asbury cope with the news was knowing the treatment wheels were … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer: Genetic Testing Helps Reduce Anxiety for Some

A few months ago in The New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie shared her story about testing positive for a faulty gene that increases the risk of breast cancer. She said she went public with her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy, … [Read more...]

What is breast self-awareness?

I don’t spend much time thinking about my "bosom buddies" except when I’m shopping for a bra or bathing suit (tasks I avoid at all costs). However, during October, when the world is awash in pink, it’s hard not to think about breast cancer. … [Read more...]

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Here's something we think you will be hearing a lot more about very soon. Virginia Mason is the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early stage breast cancer. Watch this … [Read more...]