From a medical point of view, we spoke with Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Washington University breast health specialist and surgeon, about the topic of removing healthy breast tissue in order to reduce or eradicate breast cancer risk.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
“Treatment for breast cancer can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope. "Even if they have some insurance, just the co-pays and deductibles will bankrupt them.”
Researchers Explore Potential Treatment for Fibrosis
As one of the female pioneers of St. Louis PR, Joan Quicksilver—who is known not only among local PR circles, but throughout the community—has seen women go from being minimalized in the industry to now being dominant influences.
Almost everyone is impacted at some point in their life by cancer—either personally, or through a friend or family member. “There’s a tie that people have when they have survived something like that,” says Cheri Fromm, co-chair of this year’s Sing for Siteman event. “They see everyone as a part of their sisterhood or brotherhood.”
Despite the warnings to eat right, exercise, stop smoking and wear sunscreen, cancer remains one of the most prevalent and dangerous diseases of modern society. In sifting through all the advice, experts say that just adopting one or two preventive strategies is not enough.
You may or may not have heard of Jovita Foster, Stephanie Leffler or Dr. Catherine Appleton, three women who are up and comers in the business world—but you should get used to hearing their names. Leading their industries with confidence, compassion and fierce determination, these powerhouses are transforming the future of their fields and quickly becoming some of St. Louis’ best.
What’s being billed as the gala event of the summer takes place under the big top later this month: Circus Flora's signature Flora Dora annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 31, under the big top adjacent to Powell Hall.
Communication is the key to any relationship—and your relationship with your doctor is no different. At West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, the high level of communication is the most-often cited reason that patients are happy with the outcome of their cosmetic procedures, says Dr. Terry Myckatyn. “The reality is, it’s not necessarily the type of breast implant they choose. We get a lot of positive feedback for the communication beforehand. They understand what they’re getting themselves into and have a better sense of what to expect,” he notes. “That matters. If someone is seeking implants and it turns out that’s not really what they want, it’s better to figure that out before the operation.”
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
One of the mainstays of preventive health for women is the ‘well-woman exam,’ the annual check-up that includes a pelvic and breast exam. However, since the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised screening guidelines for pap smears, calling for them as long as five years apart under certain circumstances, some women are under the impression that they have no reason to see the doctor for their annual exam. Not so.
Mary Strauss and Marlene Birkman attend a benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation on May 16, 2003.
Marilyn Lipton, Joan Wendt and Barbara Goodman at a benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation on May 16, 2003
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
Is it warm in here? If you’re menopausal, it sure can feel that way. Hot flashes and night sweats are among the most troublesome effects of the major hormonal shifts that occur during menopause, and women for generations have tried to rid themselves of these annoying episodes.
As leaders of their households and in the community, women play a vital role in the health of those around them. Each year, St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award celebrates women who not only stay active in improving their own health, but also inspire better health in others. Here, read more about what makes this year’s winners healthy role models.
During October, expect plenty of news stories and public events dedicated to sharing information about symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of breast cancer. But one important aspect of care is often left out: The supportive services available to help women who are diagnosed cope and manage the day-to-day reality of the disease.
Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
Assistance League of St. Louis has elected VICKI KEARNEY as its new president. Kearney previously served as VP of fund development for the organization, which donates school uniforms, care packages and other community services to the needy.
Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary Peabody Ducks to St. Louis and the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.
In addition to the physical and emotional toll, facing a cancer diagnosis can be financially overwhelming. That’s why the American Cancer Society's St. Louis office offers Hope Lodge, a 45-suite residence open to any cancer patient traveling to St. Louis for treatment. The free accommodations provide a respite for patients, who can take advantage of support from staff and volunteers, and interact with others also undergoing treatment.