Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

Scientific Research Advocates bring the patient perspective to science

This Saturday, August 6, a free, public forum about the science behind evolving breast cancer screening guidelines will be held as part of the 30th International Association for Breast Cancer Research Conference. June Cooley, an OHSU Scientific Research Advocate, will be one of the panelists presenting from the patient perspective. Research advocates are volunteers with a personal connection to cancer who are passionate about helping translate research findings into meaningful outcomes for patients and their … Read More

Life after breast cancer: Discovering the new normal

For survivors, completing treatment and becoming cancer-free doesn’t mean their journey is over. At this year’s Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, Sue Best, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., of OHSU’s Palliative Care Team, will lead a panel of experts from across Oregon to answer the question: “What does the new normal look like after breast cancer?” Here are three topics attendees can learn about at the conference: For some, the physical and mental effects from treatment can linger or … Read More

Three Questions for OHSU’s Dr. Karen Oh

Meet Karen Oh, M.D., associate professor of diagnostic radiology in the OHSU School of Medicine and Director of Breast Imaging at OHSU. Dr. Oh functions as part of a multidisciplinary breast team that includes subspecialized breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, hematologic oncologists, genetic counselors and breast health nurses. Dr. Oh recently spoke with the OHSU School of Medicine about developments in diagnostic radiology – including the passage of new legislation that aims to educate patients on … Read More

Cancer and comedy: Local filmmaker explores the importance of humor

By Matt Wastradowski In the wake of his mother’s death from breast cancer, 21-year-old Ben Schorr discovered something: It seemed like everyone around him had their own cancer stories. What’s more, the people who shared those stories often added a dose of humor. His improv comedy teacher at PSU, where Ben studies film and political science, joked about her diagnosis regularly. After his friend’s father had passed away after battling cancer, that friend – the … Read More

What you need to know about the dense breast notification law

Breast cancer screening can save lives, but there are no one-size-fits-all recommendations on when to start cancer screenings and how often to repeat the test. The right formula is particularly challenging for patients with high risk factors, such as dense breast tissue, which can make it difficult to spot early signs of tumors and increase the risk of disease. State lawmakers took a step toward helping those patients in 2013, when they passed the dense … Read More

Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and BRCA genes

by Jone Sampson, M.D. I admire Angelina Jolie for sharing her very personal medical information with the public. Her story, shared in the New York Times yesterday, highlights the importance of being aware of a hereditary cancer predisposition, the value of genetic testing, the information gained from testing, and the options for managing the increased cancer risks associated with having a BRCA1 mutation. As Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics at the Knight Cancer Institute, I work closely … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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