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Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)
20 Jan 2017

Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Carrie’s series on the new breast cancer screening guidelines. In Part 1, she explained why breast exams are still important, and why self exams are crucial for women under age forty. She also covered mammograms during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and touched on the lack of context in detection and in radiology expertise. We’re so grateful to Carrie for taking the...

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Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 1)
05 Jan 2017

Our CNS Advisor, Carrie Riccobono, Reflects on New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (Part 1)

We’re so grateful to Carrie for taking the time to write this amazing article for us! You can read more about her here. As an oncology clinical nurse specialist, I get fired up any time I hear about new breast cancer screening guidelines. Recently, my phone blew up on the release of those by the American Cancer Society. I wanted to take some time to let the...

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Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law
09 Nov 2016

Kim Sport, Part 2: Louisiana’s Newest Breast Reconstruction Law

Kim Sport is a nuclear medicine technologist turned lawyer, and former Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of Breastoration, which educates, assists and advocates for women facing mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. This is the second of her two-part series for ITC on breast reconstruction law. Her full bio...

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New Orleans Woman of the Year, Kim Sport: Powerful Breast Reconstruction Laws Emerge in Louisiana, Part 1
03 Nov 2016

New Orleans Woman of the Year, Kim Sport: Powerful Breast Reconstruction Laws Emerge in Louisiana, Part 1

Kim Sport is a nuclear medicine technologist turned lawyer, and former Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and the founder of Breastoration, which educates, assists and advocates for women facing mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. This is the first of her two-part series for ITC on breast reconstruction laws. Part 2 is...

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A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 2)
29 Oct 2016

A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 2)

Carly Miller is a BRCA2 previvor living with her husband in Los Angeles. She is a Peer Support Group Leader and Peer Navigator with FORCE. Carly also volunteers for Sharsheret and has been selected to serve on a Patient Advisory Council developing treatment protocol for HBOC patients at Kaiser Permanente. Here is Part 2 of her story. Click here for Part 1.   PART 2...

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A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 1)
27 Oct 2016

A Previvor’s Story, by Carly Miller (Part 1)

Carly Miller is a BRCA2 previvor living with her husband in Los Angeles. She is a Peer Support Group Leader and Peer Navigator with FORCE. Carly also volunteers for Sharsheret and has been selected to serve on a Patient Advisory Council developing treatment protocol for HBOC patients at Kaiser Permanente. Here is Part 1 of her story. PART 1 Cancer previvors are individuals who are...

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Black Women’s Breast Health Matters
15 Sep 2016

Black Women’s Breast Health Matters

Submitted by Valerie Rochester, Black Women’s Health Imperative By now, many of us already know the statistics . . . that despite the federal and private investments in breast cancer screening, treatment and research, Black women continue to experience breast cancer at younger ages and in more advanced and deadlier forms. From screening to timely diagnosis and entry into treatment, Black women receive inequitable care...

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Life After Breast Cancer? It’s Not Over Yet.
30 Mar 2016

Life After Breast Cancer? It’s Not Over Yet.

Until I can tell my daughters that there is a cure, I will not be cancer free. “It’s an imperfect science.”  That is what my physician told me during one of my lengthy appointments, while we were trying to decide upon the best course of treatment for me. While the uncertainty might upset some, for me it was comforting. I find the truth comforting.  Here...

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