Breast Cancer

Photo: National Cancer Institute

When actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced in she had been diagnosed with breast cancer last week, she did so alongside a sobering statistic: one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The most recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 236,000 women—and more than 2,000 men—are diagnosed with that form of cancer each year. In Florida, that's roughly 14,000 new breast cancer cases annually.

Hundreds of women in Florida will be able to get early screenings for breast cancer under a national program aimed at the uninsured.

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Dr. Lea Blackwell of Fort Myers is a surgeon specializing in treating breast cancer patients.

Through the years, she’s performed hundreds of mastectomies and lumpectomies. In that time she’s heard a lot of her patients complain about the bra they have to wear following their surgeries.

“They said, ‘how long are you going to make me wear this? I hate this thing,” Blackwell explained.

Moffitt Outreach Worker to Get Presidential Honor

Sep 10, 2013

A community outreach worker from Moffitt Cancer Center will be honored Tuesday by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. for improving public health in Tampa Bay's Hispanic community. Myriam Escobar is one of eight people who will be recognized as a "Champion of Change" at the White House ceremony. The White House website will have a live stream at 10 a.m.

Escobar leads the group "Yo me cuido," which means "I take care of myself." The Obama administration said her outreach efforts are helping improve public health by focusing on wellness and prevention.

"Many of these ladies don't speak English, so just when we go and speak their own language, they feel like they have an open door," Escobar said.

Chemo Brain

May 1, 2013

While chemotherapy can be part of life-saving medical treatment for patients with cancer, it can create lingering side effects on one’s ability to think; such as trouble finding the right word to speak, or even difficulty with visuospatial skills and finding your way around. We’ll explore what Moffitt Cancer Center researchers found about the effects of “chemo brain” in a study of breast cancer survivors published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.