The last place Joy Smith ever expected to find herself was sitting in a chair receiving infusions of powerful chemotherapy drugs.
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When it comes to breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy, timing can be everything.
It may seem to be cliche, but that apple does apparently keep the doctor away, particularly if you are eating that apple while taking a brisk walk.
When Jeanette Tellefsen of northwest Las Vegas turned 40 in 2012, her doctor ordered a mammogram. The test proved a lifesaver. She was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When the first strands of hair began to wrap around her round hair brush, Heather Seitz was ready. "On my first diagnosis, I was so happy that I didn't need chemo, mainly because I was afraid to lose my hair," the two-time breast cancer survivor said. "The second time I didn't care. I realized that being alive was more important than losing my hair."
When Sonya Newton of Las Vegas was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2012 at the age of 41, she was the same age as her mother. Newton found a lump in her breast, just months before she was scheduled for her annual mammogram.
The latest generation of mammography — offering 3-D imaging — reduces false alarms, Southern Nevada radiologists say, meaning fewer women will be called back for additional tests because of suspicious findings.
It was just another annual checkup, nothing out of the ordinary, but as Jeanette Tellefsen was leaving her gynecologist's office that day in 2012, she was handed a slip of paper that brought on a mixture of surprise and dread.
Every newly diagnosed breast cancer patient faces a journey that is as individual as they are. But a host of local programs means they don't have to go it alone.
Valley Health Systems is having $55 mammogram screenings this month during the weekdays at Centennial Hills, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals.
If you're one who remembers obscure scenes from classic movies, you may recall the one in "American Graffiti" in which Toad tries to buy booze at a liquor store.
Every October we are reminded that every two minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
At 17 she found the first lump in her breast and had it removed.
When Terry Maurer of Henderson looks at her calendar, Oct. 10 definitely has a notation. That's the day she and other breast cancer survivors are going boating.
As if going through chemotherapy wasn't difficult enough for breast cancer patients, one of the lesser-known treatment side-effects are dental problems such as tooth decay, infections, mouth sores and gum disease.
Four women, 60 miles, all of it on foot: That's the task that four Summerlin-area women — Tammra Brunner, 53; Fay Orshoski, 73; Susan Schilder, 46; and Lori Candalino, 54 — have given themselves.
Touch yourself. Thoroughly and often. A self-exam is one of the few ways to find a lump in the breast before the age of 35, when doctors and the Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada recommend the average patient should get a baseline mammogram.
The annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is one of the largest networks of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Last year, more than 1 million Making Strides walkers helped raise over $60 million for the American Cancer Society.
As a youngster, Louise Unell wasn't a girlie girl in love with pinks and purples. Yet today, Unell has a pink scarf and a pink cellphone cover, and she's proud of both.
There are plenty of events around the valley for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Beyond the tragedy of breast cancer and the thousands of lives it affects and ends every year, there is hope.
Throughout her battle with breast cancer, Vegas Valley Baseball co-owner Carol Ruegge’s spirits have been buoyed by her family, friends and a plethora of people associated with the organization, which supplies umpires and hosts baseball tournaments.
Advances in knowledge and technology have made the less-invasive lumpectomy a more attractive course of treatment for those in the earliest stage of breast cancer.
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