Browsing the "Women's Health" Category

Jan’s Journey with Ovarian Cancer

September 29th, 2014

“Surreal” is the world that Janice (Jan) LaPorta uses to describe her feelings as the doctor told her she had a football-sized mass growing in her abdomen. It was her 25th wedding anniversary – May 23, 2012 – and she was being referred to an oncologist. “We had dinner plans,” she says. “Then you get


Reducing Ovarian Cancer Risk

September 29th, 2014

Gynecologic Oncologist Nicholas Taylor, MD, Explains How You Can Reduce Your Ovarian Cancer Risk The five-year survival rate of patients with ovarian cancer is 44 percent. If found and detected early, however, the survival rate increases to 93 percent. Nicholas Taylor, MD, has three suggestions to improve your odds. 1. Get annual pelvic examinations. During


Prophylactic Salpingectomy: Reducing Ovarian Cancer Risk

June 13th, 2014

Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease. The American Cancer Society estimated 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer in 2013 and 14,030 deaths from the disease. Despite advancements in delivery of chemotherapy and the introduction of novel targeted therapies, we have not made significant progress in reducing the incidence of ovarian cancer. To date, there is


Individualized Breast Screening is the Future of Screening for Breast Cancer

June 13th, 2014

Dense breast legislation across the United States, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has initiated a significant reevaluation of the way women are screened for breast cancer. The purpose of this mailing will be to introduce the concept of Individualized Breast Screening, announce the arrival of another breast imaging tool to St. Luke’s (Automated Breast Ultrasound)


Breast Screening at St. Luke’s:
One size (and one test) doesn’t fit all.

May 5th, 2014

St. Luke’s introduces individualized approach to breast cancer screening. “When we look back on this time in future years, the hallmark of this era should not be that women stopped getting mammograms, but rather that this was a time when “personalized” screening strategies and technologies were provided to women, offering powerful weapons and options in the


New IORT Technology at St. Luke’s University Health Network Eliminates Weeks of Radiation Treatments for Some Breast Cancer Patients

March 30th, 2014

In traditional breast cancer lumpectomies, a small incision is made in the breast, the malignant tumor is removed, the incision is closed, and the patient goes home — with six weeks of radiation therapy ahead of her. But with new technology acquired by St. Luke’s University Health Network, one more step in the operating room spares