New BLVR Procedure Gives Doris Her Life Back

Emphysema is a serious lung disease, with symptoms that drastically affect an individual’s quality of life. The wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath can make the simplest activities – from going to the grocery store to walking the dog – difficult. Smoking is the most common cause of emphysema. The disease damages the tiny air…

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Expert Panel Develops Guidance to Manage Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Patients

Jennifer DeSimone, MD, is board-certified in dermatology practicing at Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. Dr. DeSimone specializes in skin lymphomas and high-risk skin cancers. Her goal is to help educate her patients about skin cancer etiology, management and importantly, prevention. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, is a…

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Partner With Your Provider to Fight Ovarian Cancer

Annette Bicher, MD, is board-certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Bicher is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Felix Rutledge Society of Gynecology/Oncology, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the Society of Gynecologic Investigation. She serves as Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Inova Fairfax Hospital. To detect breast cancer…

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Common Questions About “Getting Back to Normal” After COVID

Veena Chawla, MD, is a primary care physician board-certified in family medicine practicing at Inova Primary Care – Shirlington. She believes in preventive healthcare and specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions in teens and adults. Businesses and schools may be open, but “getting back to normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t an…

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How to Tell Your Child About Your Cancer Diagnosis

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Practical Strategies for Tough Conversations By Amanda L. Thompson, PhD, and Shari Langer, PsyD Amanda Thompson, PhD, is the Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Director of Pediatric Programs for Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Shari Langer, PsyD, is a pediatric psychologist with Life with Cancer at the Inova L.J.…

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Inherited Cancer Risk

Morgan Turner, MS, CGC, is a Virginia-licensed and nationally board-certified, cancer-specialized genetic counselor at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She joined Inova in June 2018. Many patients are surprised to learn that the majority of people who are diagnosed with a cancer do not have a genetic (or inherited) cause for their cancer. Indeed, it is…

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