Take a moment and ask yourself: Have there been times—as you were going about your day—that you felt dizzy, or felt a sudden pain, but then ignored it in favor of finishing the tasks at hand?
As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
In the past, mammograms always were very stressful for Jamie Jones of O’Fallon. Now 46, the mother of three girls is classified as having ‘dense’ breast tissue, and as a result, every year, she would get a call afterward that there might be a problem, and she needed to come in for more tests.
Gateway to Hope, which provides uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients and those at high risk of having breast cancer with comprehensive care at no cost, has announced MARY LEE SALZER as its executive director.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
One in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. And less than 10 percent of breast cancer is hereditary—rather, it is sporadic cancer or related to an individual risk, notes St. Luke’s breast surgeon Dr. Patricia Limpert. “Unfortunately, the public has a skewed opinion about whether they are at high-risk for breast cancer. Because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer does not mean you have no risk.”
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.