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Breast cancer survivor recommends seeking a second opinion

Published On: | Eric Brown

It’s been 12 years since Registered Nurse Cory Pacheco heard the one word every single person fears … cancer. “When I got that phone call, it sucked the life right out of me,” she recalls vividly. “I eat right, I exercise regularly, I don’t smoke, I drink socially … I do everything I can to […]

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The Role of a Breast Care Navigator

Published On: | Eric Brown

When a woman finds out she has breast cancer, in many cases she needs someone to “hold her hand” through this unanticipated and frightening journey into the unknown. Women face a confusing maze of questions and often become overwhelmed very quickly. As physicians, we do our best to provide as much support and information as […]

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Take off the pink-colored glasses and take in the reality of Pinktober

Published On: | Eric Brown

Everyone supports the fight against breast cancer; that fact is indisputable. But, the pink ribbon bandwagon may be slowing down as more and more women are saying “stop” – stop to the cutesy slogans and the ocean of pink paraphernalia available for purchase and profit every year in October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month originated back […]

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Local high school teacher learns breast cancer can strike at any age

Published On: | Eric Brown

School was out for the year and the July 4 holiday was approaching – two perfect reasons to celebrate. However, for Carman-Ainsworth High School health teacher Abbey Cowen, summer plans were about to change. In June 2007, Abbey went to see her primary care physician – Renee Krusniak, DO, for her usual annual physical. That […]

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The Value of a Second Opinion

Published On: | Eric Brown

When patients hear the words “you have cancer,” oftentimes their brain shuts off to any other information shared with them at that time. As a result, they may leave the doctor’s office frightened, worried, and unclear on what to do next. The patient couldn’t possibly expect to be able to digest the treatment plan the […]

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Top 10 Common Myths About Breast Cancer

Published On: | Eric Brown

Breast cancer is the #1 enemy of women – FALSE! Young women don’t get breast cancer – FALSE! A negative mammogram means you do not have breast cancer – FALSE! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to get your facts straight when it comes to breast cancer. We want to share with you […]

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Dr. Gold speaks on the topic of Lumpectomy Reconstruction in a recent Bottom Line episode

Published On: | Eric Brown

Today’s breast cancer patient stands a much greater chance of survival than ever before. While many women have come to think immediately of mastectomy, complete removal of one or both breasts, experts like Dr. Linsey Gold encourage them to seek better solutions.  Why survive breast cancer without your breasts when you do not have to? […]

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Ten years later, breast cancer survivor retells her story of a new life

Published On: | Eric Brown

“I eat right, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, do everything I can to stay healthy … and I still got cancer.” Flint resident Cory Pacheco initially speaks somewhat casually when sharing the story about her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and next phase of her life. A Hurley registered nurse for the past 30 years, Cory admits […]

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence

Published On: | Eric Brown

When we have to break the news to a patient that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, in most conversations, the reaction is very similar – as soon as they hear “breast cancer,” they stop listening. Their mind immediately begins thinking, “I’m going to die.” That’s when we quickly begin talking a patient off […]

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The Never Ending Controversy of Screening Mammography

Published On: | Eric Brown

Well, it seems like this topic is like a cat, having multiple (probably more than nine) lives.  I posted about mammograms, and, the ongoing ‘controversy’ in February, 2014, and, the topic constantly resurfaces: Are mammograms necessary? Are they ‘harmful’? When should we start?  Who should have one and how often? Truths are truths … no […]

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