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Pamela Davis has a few tips for any parent facing a child’s life-threatening disease: “Don’t Google while your daughter is in the hospital on a morphine drip and you think she’s asleep … Don’t get the tape measure out to see how big three centimeters is, because that three centimeters went to nine-something, almost 10 centimeters (with a different scan.) Seriously, you can make yourself crazy on Google. Don’t do it.”
Uma Swamy, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist is pioneering new treatment for breast cancer patients in Fresno. She explains the benefits of prone breast radiation, now being provided at the California Cancer Center, a facility of Community Medical Centers.
For 14 years Sandra Miller and her good friend Janet Tanaka have been regulars at the Wednesday morning cancer support group at California Cancer Center. The two breast cancer survivors trained to help others through the ordeal they endured since they know just how important this kind of emotional support was to their own healing.
For years, Terry McMurtrey put off her mammogram because she had no family history of breast cancer. She waited six years between mammograms. Then the day before her mammogram at Clovis Community Medical Center’s Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center, she felt something in her left breast.
No time to waste
The mammogram confirmed that something was amiss in her left breast. McMurtrey soon followed the mammogram with a breast ultrasound to get a more complete look and then a biopsy at the Radin Breast Care Center.
When her husband of 10 years was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, photographer Wendy Denton said her brain went into hibernation for a bit. Then her mind began spitting out images of how to unpack a life and live it fully in the last days they had left together.
The most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. However, 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by a gene that can be inherited from your mother or father.
What is Breast Density?
Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat. Density may decrease with age, but there is little, if any, change in most women.
The California Cancer Center is celebrating 20 years providing advanced medical care in a compassionate and supportive environment.
CyberKnife® at Community Regional Medical Center – the world's only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body – was upgraded to make treatments available to a wider selection of patients. The technology upgrades will provide faster treatments that can be better customized for individual needs, greater safety and patient comfort.Back to Videos
Prostate cancer patient Robert Steinman receives knifeless surgery from CyberKnife as Dr. Douglas Wong monitors the procedure.
Healthcare Heroes episode #1011.3Back to Videos