Breast Cancer http://wesa.fm en Report: More Cases of Cancer, But Fewer Deaths in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/report-more-cases-cancer-fewer-deaths-pennsylvania <p>More people in Pennsylvania are being diagnosed with cancer, but less are dying.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (</span>ASCO<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), which released the State of Cancer Care in America: 2014 — the first-ever <a href="http://www.asco.org/practice-research/cancer-care-america">report</a> of its kind.</span></p><p>According to ASCO, the report provides a “comprehensive look” at demographic, economic and oncology practice trends and how they will affect the United States in the future.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:11:58 +0000 Jessica Nath 27217 at http://wesa.fm Late-Stage Breast Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Immediate Surgery http://wesa.fm/post/late-stage-breast-cancer-patients-might-benefit-immediate-surgery <p>Early detection of breast cancer is one of the most important factors when calculating survival rates, but a Magee Hospital surgeon thinks he has found a way to help women who’s cancer is not detected until it has already spread to their bones.</p><p>Patients who first present with stage four breast cancer with bone metastasis have a short life expectancy, but a study of 278 women in Turkey suggests that by sending the patient directly to the operating room might be able to help hundreds of American women each year survive.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 21847 at http://wesa.fm Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/health-innovation-highlights-2013 <p>From robotic arms to treating high blood pressure, in 2013 we delved into many stories dealing with health innovation.</p><p>We'll revisit our conversation with Dr. Michael Boninger and a quadriplegic woman named Jan Scheuermann. A robotic arm surgically attached to her brain allows her to perform basic tasks with focused thought. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21875 at http://wesa.fm Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013 Nonprofit Releases Cancer Care Hospital Ratings http://wesa.fm/post/nonprofit-releases-cancer-care-hospital-ratings <p>Picking a hospital for cancer treatment may be one of the most important decisions in a patient’s life.</p><p>Now, a Pennsylvania nonprofit is making it easier to see which hospitals are offering the best cancer care by making quality ratings available online for the first time.</p><p>The hospital quality reports, released by the <a href="http://www.pahealthcarequality.org/reports/search/">Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA)</a>, rates hospitals based on process measures, which assess a health care facility’s adherence to standard guidelines and procedures for treatment.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20259 at http://wesa.fm Think Pink: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month http://wesa.fm/post/think-pink-its-breast-cancer-awareness-month <p>From the grocery store to the high school football game, you&rsquo;re likely to start seeing pink everywhere this month.</p><p>October is <a href="http://www.nbcam.org/">Breast Cancer Awareness month</a> and local nonprofits are ramping up their efforts to raise public consciousness about the disease.</p><p>Kathy Purcell, chief executive officer of <a href="http://www.komenpittsburgh.org/">Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh</a>, said people will sometimes ask her if there&rsquo;s just a little <em>too </em>much pink.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 17391 at http://wesa.fm Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/breakthrough-breast-cancer-prevention-and-treatment <p><em>&nbsp; </em></p><p></p><p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html">New York Times op-ed by Angelina Jolie </a>disclosed her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of a gene that increases her risk of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics">breast cancer</a>.</p><p>Last week, researchers at <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital%E2%80%8E">Allegheny General Hospital</a>, in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com">Mayo Clinic</a> published important findings regarding breast cancer. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:33:25 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11474 at http://wesa.fm Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment