The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment

What are the symptoms and warning signs of breast cancer? Watch the clip above to hear Dr. Mark L. Sundermeyer answer this question submitted during yesterday’s Health Chat with Abington Health.

Dr. Sundermeyer is a specialist in Oncology and Hematology at Abington Memorial Hospital’s Rosenfeld Cancer Center.  Yesterday he joined us for a live web chat with Abington Health: “The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment”.  Dr. Sundermeyer answered all of our viewers questions from BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene testing to preserving fertility in breast cancer patients.

Watch the full video of yesterday’s chat here.

For more information on Health Chats with Abington Health and to watch videos of previous health chats click here.

 

How Clinical Trials Can Help Breast Cancer Patients

 
The average American woman has roughly a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. Many times, standard medical treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery help. When they don’t, however, options are still available thanks to ongoing, cutting-edge research.

You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat with Dr. Mark L. Sundermeyer, today at 12 pm: The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment.

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Hitting Cancer Before It Hits You:
When Is Preemptive Breast Cancer Surgery the Right Choice?

Mark L. Sundermeyer, MD
Oncologist at Abington Health

Last May, Angelina Jolie started a national discussion about breast cancer treatment when she revealed that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy and reconstruction. The then-37-year-old actress made the decision after discovering that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which put her at high risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer (her mother died of the latter). More women are following suit and opting to have one or both healthy breasts removed in order to reduce their risk, but doctors say there are many factors to consider before making this life-changing decision.

You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat with Dr. Mark L. Sundermeyer tomorrow at 12 pm: The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment.

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Baby After Breast Cancer?

Mark L. Sundermeyer, MD
Oncologist at Abington Health

Although it is much more likely for women to develop breast cancer after age 40, a troubling study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that there has been a small but steady increase in the number of new cases among women ages 25 to 39. Younger women tend to not only have more aggressive forms of cancer and lower survival rates, but they may also have to face the unique challenge of how the disease or its treatment may affect their fertility. The good news is that there are many options for dealing with this physically and emotionally tough issue.

You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat with Dr. Mark L. Sundermeyer, “The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment,” on Thursday, March 20 at noon.

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Breast Cancer Screening: Beyond Mammograms

Mark L. Sundermeyer, MD
Oncologist at Abington Health

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women during 2014. Early detection remains a patient’s best shot at beating this disease, which is the second most common and second most deadly cancer for women. Today, breast cancer screening technologies go beyond mammograms.

You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat with Dr. Mark L. Sundermeyer, “The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment,” on Thursday, March 20 at noon.

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The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure

Did you miss out on last week’s Health Chat with Abington Health: “The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure”? 

Dr. Rohinton J. Morris, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Dr. Donald C. Haas, Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program at Abington Health, sat down with us for a live web chat to discuss congestive heart failure and the latest advancements in heart failure treatment.  Dr. Morris and Dr. Haas discussed everything from how to keep your heart healthy to advanced treatment options such as LVADs that are drastically improving the quality of life for heart failure patients.

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Congestive Heart Failure: Surgical Precision

Rohinton J. Morris, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abington Health

Donald C. Haas, MD
Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program at Abington Health

As the number of cases of congestive heart failure climb, so do the treatment options. A diagnosis that might have been considered a death sentence only a decade ago now has numerous treatment options. You can learn more during today’s live web chat with Abington Health at 12 pm: The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure.

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Congestive Heart Failure: Prescriptions for Health

Rohinton J. Morris, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abington Health

Donald C. Haas, MD
Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program at Abington Health

According to the Heart Failure Society of America, U.S. deaths from heart failure have more than doubled in the last 35 years. Fortunately, pharmaceutical advances have led to medications that can delay surgical intervention by years. You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat, “The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure,” on February 20 at noon.

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Congestive Heart Failure: Living the Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Rohinton J. Morris, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abington Health

Donald C. Haas, MD
Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program at Abington Health

Of all the major cardiovascular disorders, heart failure remains the only one on the rise. The Heart Failure Society of America estimates there will be between 400,000 and 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and keep your ticker in shape, even once you have been diagnosed with heart failure. You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat, “The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure,” on February 20 at noon.

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Congestive Heart Failure: Are You at Risk?

Rohinton J. Morris, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abington Health

Donald C. Haas, MD
Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program at Abington Health

Heart failure affects more than five million people nationwide, but the symptoms of this disease can be missed or misdiagnosed. Becoming familiar with the warning signs and risk factors can lead to earlier detection and treatment. You can learn more during Abington Health’s live web chat, “The Newest Treatment Options for Congestive Heart Failure,” on February 20 at noon.

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