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Hidden scar procedures provide psychological benefits to breast cancer patients

October 17, 2017
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Interview with Patricia Dawson, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Breast Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute and True Family Women’s Cancer Center (TFWCC), expert in Hidden Scar Procedures and recent recipient of the 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award, on the emotional effects of breast cancer and how advancements in technique may help alleviate the anxiety many patients feel during and after treatment.

The truth about BMI

August 21, 2017
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Most American adults have heard of the term BMI or Body Mass Index. It has been an indicator for health since the 1800s. But according to a recent CNN article, it is important to understand the limitations of relying on BMI as a true indicator for quality of health.

Obesity: What really works when it comes to losing weight

June 09, 2017
In my 16 years of family medicine, I think the most frustrating disease I’ve treated is obesity. As a doctor, I feel great compassion for patients who try so hard to lose weight. So now, driven to seriously tackle this epidemic, I've scoured the literature for the most up-to-date, evidence-based advice on losing weight. Please share this with friends and family who are considering weight-loss options.

5 things women should know about getting their tubes tied

June 02, 2017
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Women, if you’re ready to stop having children or don’t want children in the first place, here’s what you need to know about tubal ligation aka getting your tubes tied.

Why heavy drinkers with cancer need to level with their doctors

March 31, 2017
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Heavy alcohol consumption plays a synergistic role with heavy tobacco consumption in the development of head and neck squamous cell cancers, commonly known as cancer of the mouth, nose or throat. But the intense stigma associated with heavy drinking can lead patients to hide information when transparency is needed the most.

New milestone for Swedish liver transplant program

March 23, 2017
The Swedish Transplant Program recently performed its 100th liver transplant, another milestone in our mission to save lives and treat liver disease in the Pacific Northwest. Since the Swedish Liver Transplant Program began in 2010, it has grown to serve patients across Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Today, it’s the No. 1 transplant program in the region based on quality and outcomes.

Alaska Airlines pilot pays it forward with kidney

March 23, 2017
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An Alaskan Airlines pilot donated a kidney to a colleague with an assist from Swedish surgeons. Read their story.

When should you get checked for colorectal cancer?

March 20, 2017
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Colorectal cancer is rising among millennials, raising the question: Should people be screened earlier than they are now? Colorectal cancer can be prevented if polyps are caught early. Here’s when you should be screened if you’re at moderate or high risk for colorectal cancer. 

Exciting new frontiers in treating head and neck cancers

March 01, 2017
There’s some good news in the treatment of head and neck squamous cell cancers: New treatments are moving us closer to directly targeting and destroying these cancers and easing the debilitating side effects that hurt some patients.

When healthy weight loss takes more than a makeover

March 01, 2017
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Recently the world tuned into WE tv to watch June Shannon, aka Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, reveal her body transformation from 460lbs to a size 4. While many people viewed the makeover from a vanity standpoint—seeing weight loss as simply a fashion statement--the truth is that obesity is a serious medical concern.

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