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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.

Swedish Cancer Institute proudly co-sponsors Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

September 05, 2017
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Dr. Erin Ellis offers her firsthand reason behind proudly participating in this year’s Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

Acupuncture treatment offers therapeutic benefit for breast cancer patients

August 21, 2017
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Patients suffering from metastatic breast cancer are profoundly affected by physical and emotional effects of the disease and the treatment process. Acupuncture treatment is one modality that can provide therapeutic benefit for a wide range of symptoms, including pain, nausea, mood and sleep disturbance, and weakened immune system.

Swedish first in the nation to offer breast microseed radiation treatments

June 23, 2016
The Swedish Cancer Institute is the first cancer center in the nation to offer single-treatment, implantable breast cancer radiation. Radiation seed therapy is a safe and effective treatment alternative for many patients with early breast cancer.

Latest mammography guidelines continue to cause confusion - understand your risk

October 23, 2015
Multiple respected experts and organizations have issued mixed recommendations regarding mammogram screening, resulting in confusion for many women. We believe that mammogram screening needs to be individualized based on the patient’s personal and family history and values. All experts who have evaluated mammogram screening agree that screening mammography in women starting at age 40 is associated with a reduction in breast cancer deaths across a range of study designs. Data from Swedish Cancer Institute shows that annual screening mammography can reduce the need for chemotherapy and more extensive surgical treatment. However, it is also clear that increased screening can lead to additional testing. Consequently, it is important for women and their providers to weigh the benefits and the risks.

Five day radiation option for women with breast cancer

August 26, 2015
Research shows that 90% of all local breast cancer recurrences happen within one centimeter from where the cancer was removed. Could we focus the radiation treatment into that area at highest risk but spare the remaining breast tissue?

I am excited to report that we have recently added a new breast cancer radiation treatment alternative for patients treated at the Swedish Cancer Institute. SAVI is a form of accelerated partial breast radiation that provides an alternative to the 6 weeks of treatment usually recommended to breast cancer patients. About a week after surgery, once we know that the cancer has been completely removed, a catheter is placed into the breast to deliver radiation treatment directly into the surgical cavity. Treatment now is delivered over five days instead of the standard 6-7 weeks of daily sessions.

Ductal carcinoma in situ - the need for individualized treatment planning

August 21, 2015
On August 20, 2015, the New York Times published an article with the provocative title, “Doubt is Raised Over Value of Surgery for Breast Lesion at Earliest Stage.” In it they reference a study by Narod reported in JAMA Oncology that looked at breast cancer death after a DCIS diagnosis. 

But, the questions addressed by the article were different than the questions generated by the research.

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