The Fight Against Breast Cancer
Continues Every Day
As Touro’s 2013 31 Days of Pink Campaign comes to an end, we are reminded that the fight against breast cancer continues every day of the year… for those who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, those who have survived it, those who work to diagnose and treat it daily, for family and friends, for researchers and so many more.
Thank you for joining Touro this month to help raise breast health and educate the Greater New Orleans community on the importance of early detection in beating breast cancer. We enjoyed interacting with you face-to-face at various community events and at the Komen Race, as well as online via our blog and social media pages.
Thank you to everyone who joined this important conversation and supported the fight against breast cancer.
What to Expect After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
minutes in this country a woman hears the words, “You have breast
cancer.” After that, it’s hard to think about next steps. But a
diagnosis is just the beginning of a path through treatment and toward
Race, Ethnicity and Breast Cancer
should be aware of their risk for developing breast cancer. It can
affect women of every age, race, and ethnic group. However, the rates of
developing and dying from breast cancer vary among various racial and
For instance, white, non-Hispanic women
have the highest overall incidence rate for breast cancer among U.S.
racial/ethnic groups, while Korean-American women have the lowest rate.
Supportive Care You Can Count On
is an important part of the cancer program at Touro Infirmary. Our
comprehensive program provides mental, emotional and spiritual support
from cancer diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. We take an approach
that focuses on the whole person, not just the disease.
We know that
breastfeeding provides many health benefits for both mom and baby.
Studies now suggest that there is a link between breastfeeding and
reduced risk for developing breast cancer.
Click here to learn more.
Race for the Cure!
Touro is proud
to join the fight against breast cancer today at the Susan G. Komen Race
for the Cure in New Orleans City Park. Over 60 members of Team Touro
will walk and run for the cause today that affects one in eight women
during her lifetime.
Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
Finding out you
have cancer can put you and your family on an emotional rollercoaster. A
cancer diagnosis can come with many emotions.
The best way to handle those emotions is to talk with your loved ones and your doctors about the specifics. Support groups are also a great help when dealing with a diagnosis.
Click here to read tips for handling the challenges that go along with a cancer diagnosis and how Touro can help you cope.
Management is an important component of cancer care. The Touro
Therapeutic Wellness Program incorporates gentle yoga and relaxation
techniques to help you develop strength, stamina and a sense of
well-being, both during and after cancer treatment.
Therapeutic wellness is designed to compliment a patient’s medical care and requires a physician’s referral for participation. The program is offered in individual sessions for a fee, which is usually covered by a person’s health insurance.
To learn more, please contact Tamarin Hennebury, LOTR, Certified Yoga Instructor, through the Touro Occupational Therapy Department at (504) 897-8642.
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
In addition to
breast health education, Touro is joining the fight against gynecologic
cancer by educating women about the gynecologic cancers (cervical,
ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar) that affect approximately 71,500
women in the United States annually.
Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk
show drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. A pooled
analysis of data from 53 studies found for each alcoholic drink consumed
per day, the relative risk of breast cancer increased by about seven
percent. Women who had two to three alcoholic drinks per day had a 20
percent higher risk of breast cancer.
What is 31 Days of Pink?
Psychosocial Oncologist, Dr. Robert Garner, Ph.D., LPC discusses 31 Days
of Pink in an interview with New Orleans Living’s Maria Muro on WLAE
Click here to view the interview and learn more about the 31 Days of Pink campaign and Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center.
A Pallet Pleasing & Cancer Fighting Meal
Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Earlier this month, Touro partnered with
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group to offer a cooking demonstration event
on cancer fighting foods. Chef Chris Montero, of Café B and Café NOMA,
demonstrated a delicious seared salmon entrée served over a succulent
butternut squash puree and topped with a sun dried tomato pesto with
Cancer Fighting Tips from Pink Partner, Your Nutrition Delivered
Visit our 31 Days of Pink Blog for An informative post from Your Nutrition Delivered Founder, Erik Frank.
A cancer-fighting tips for women:
Writing to Heal: Writing Program for Cancer Patients and Survivors
Did you know
that writing can help you heal? Studies have shown expressive writing
has the power to help transform physical, mental and spiritual health.
In fact, expressive writing has been shown to:
Beginning in their 20s, women should be told about the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE). Women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and report any new breast changes to a health professional as soon as they are found. Finding a breast change does not necessarily mean there is a cancer.
Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
Lymphedema: What You Need to Know
Unfortunately, lymphedema can not be cured, but the good news is that it can be managed through physical and occupational therapy, exercise, proper skincare and manual lymphatic drainage. Early detection and treatment of lymphedema can limit a patient’s risk and complications such as infections, inability to use arm and further surgery.
To learn more about treatment for Lymphedema, please contact the Touro Rehabilitation Center at (504) 897-8157.
Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too
cancer in men is rare, it does happen. In the U.S., about one percent of
all breast cancer cases occur in men. In 2013, it is estimated that
among men in the U.S., there will be:
Rates of breast cancer incidence and mortality (death) are much lower among men than among women.
Click here to read more about breast cancer in men from Susan G. Komen, including symptoms, risk factors and treatment information.
Quality You Can Count On
Touro’s Women’s Imaging Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. As one of a select few facilities with this designation, you can trust Touro to bring you advanced technology, friendly staff and clinical expertise. Please call 504-897-8600 to schedule an appointment or visit www.touro.com/imaging to learn more.
Touro’s cancer program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best in cancer care, receiving a three year Accreditation and the 2011 Outstanding Achievement. This elite designation reflects the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care. We’re proud to bring you the very best in today’s cancer care from diagnosis and treatment, to support and survivorship.
Click here to learn more about the COC accreditation.
Breast Imaging & Screening:
What You Need to Know
Breast Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for most women:
Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.
Click here for more information on breast screening and early detection.
A Journey Together
Understanding Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Understanding Breast Cancer Genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2
Why Do You Pink?
Click here to read why Touro Radiation Oncologist, Elysia Outlaw, M.D. pinks.
If you would like to let us know “why you pink,” please email us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your commitment to beating breast cancer, not only in October, but all year long.
STAR Cancer Rehabilitation at Touro
To learn more about Touro’s STAR program visit www.touro.com/star.
Race for the Cure: Saturday, October 26
to register as part of Team Touro online now through October 16th. Or
stop by the Touro Marketing Office (3439 Prytania Street, Suite 200) to
fill out a paper registration form now through October 16th. The
Marketing Office is open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2013
8:30 a.m. – Kids Dash - 100 yards
8:45 a.m. - 1 mile Fun Run/Walk
9:30 a.m. - 5K (3.1 miles)
WHERE: New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive
COST: $25 – Adults
$15 – Teens (13-17 years)
$12 – Kids 12 and under
TEAM PACKET PICK-UP:
Team Touro packets including your race numbers and Komen t-shirts will be available for pick-up in the Touro Marketing Office the week before the race: Monday, October 21 - Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Marketing Office is located in the Medical Arts Building at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 200, New Orleans, LA 70115.
Questions? Please contact Kristen Robinson at x8263 or email@example.com.
15 Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore
Although studies show that women are
more cautious about getting routine and recommended check ups, this is
not always the case. Younger women tend to ignore cancer symptoms
because of the notion that cancer is just an older person’s disease.
However, cancer does not discriminate. Experts compiled a list of 15
symptoms that women might often ignore but should be checked out.
Cancer Fighting Foods
true that we cannot choose our genes. However, we can choose to be
proactive with how we treat and nurture our bodies. During October,
breast cancer awareness month, our goal is to build awareness and focus
on those “external factors,” which are within one’s control.
The link between a healthy lifestyle and cancer risk reduction has been well documented. We now know that smoking cessation, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and consuming a healthy diet can greatly reduce one’s risk of developing or dying from cancer. Eating a diet that is filled with powerful cancer-fighting super foods can help prevent damage caused by free radicals.
>> Click here to learn 10 recommendations for cancer prevention from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
>> Click here for a list of phytochemicals with an in-depth look into various cancer-fighting foods and their possible benefits. Try to incorporate some of these cancer fighting foods into your everyday cooking.
>> Click here for more about cancer fighting foods in this Fox 8 news interview with Touro Family Medicine Physician, Meredith Maxwell, M.D.
Preparing for Your Mammogram
We know that mammography is
an important tool for detecting breast cancer early on, when its most
effectively treated. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older.
Women should talk with their doctors about their potential risk factors
before deciding when to start getting mammograms and how often they
should get them.
>> Click here to download our handy “Know Before You Go” infographic to learn what to expect from your first mammogram.
Need to schedule your mammogram?
Contact the Touro Women's Imaging Center at (504) 897-8600 or touro.com/imaging.
Breast cancer is the most
common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women
in the US is diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The
American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 232,340 new cases
of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and about 29,620
women will die from the disease.
The good news is that today there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the US.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989,
with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are
believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and
increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. We encourage all
women to learn their risk factors, and speak with their physician about when they should begin screening for breast cancer.
Early detection is the key to beating this disease.
We hope you’ll explore
our website, and revisit daily for new breast health education,
inspiring blog posts, and much more! Be sure to:
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