Saved by Self-Exam Paula Steele Brancato has always understood the importance of conducting a monthly breast self-exam, but she never had made it part of her regular routine. “I did breast exams, but not on a monthly basis,” says Brancato, 66, of Ipswich. Her perspective changed a few years ago, when she happened to give herself a breast self-exam after reading an article about screening.
The Healthy Life Winter 2015
- This issue features a cover story on an Ipswich woman who discovered a lump in her breast during a self-exam and was successfully treated at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. Also included is a feature on a Lynn patient treated at the NSMC Heart Center, an update on the recently renovated Special Care Nursery and a story on a teen who learned valuable life skills working with NSMC pediatricians and adolescent psychiatrists.
Advanced Technology, Early Diagnosis Her proactive approach to health may have saved Florence Velluto’s life last year. In October 2013, after having her annual mammogram at the NSMC Women’s Center in Danvers—something she has done faithfully since her 30s—Velluto received a call from North Shore Medical Center radiologist Kevin Callahan, M.D., asking her to come back in for another test because he saw something on her exam that didn’t look right.
The Healthy Life Spring 2014
- This issue features a cover story on NSMC’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, which has sessions for adults, teens and children. Also included is a story on a Marblehead woman who got a jump on her breast cancer diagnosis thanks to new 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, and a story on NSMC orthopedic surgeon Doug Peterson, M.D., who recently led a military medical unit in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers held a dedication ceremony for, of all things, a bell. The little bell is inscribed “From the Friends of Maureen Clark” in honor of a Salem wife, mother and businesswoman who went through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation at MGH in Boston. Clark donated the bell so cancer patients on the North Shore could have the same experience she had last year when she went for radiation treatment at Mass General in Boston.
The Case for Early Detection Between raising her two children with her husband Gino, managing a busy household and working full time, Peabody resident Karen Schrader, 47, didn’t normally take a lot of time for herself. But one night last September, while washing dishes, she realized that she hadn't had a screening mammogram in several years. With a history of benign cysts in her 20s and 30s, she knew she was overdue.
Kim Kimball (breast cancer survivor) Kim Kimball's breast cancer treatment included a high quality of care and state-of-the-art technology -- and was just minutes from her home in Wenham.
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