Breast Cancer Screening and Detection: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Kathleen Harden, MD is a breast oncology physician, board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She has a special interest and conducts research in the management of breast cancer. Her research is focused on early phase clinical trials in breast cancer, breast cancer genomics and individualized treatment for patients based…

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Is Radiation Necessary After Breast Cancer Surgery?

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a cancer that forms in the cells that line the milk ducts, and it accounts for 20% of new breast cancer diagnoses. The most common treatment is breast-conserving surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. While only a small percentage of women experience an invasive cancer event following surgery, radiation…

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Should You Get a Mammogram During COVID-19?

Lucy De La Cruz, MD, is fellowship-trained in breast surgery and board-certified in general surgery. She specializes in the surgical management of benign and malignant breast disease. In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people sheltered in place and avoided unnecessary activities outside the home, including elective medical appointments. But it’s a mistake…

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Inova Loudoun Hospital Life® with Cancer and Loudoun Breast Health Network to Host Annual Free Community Event: 2019 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Leesburg, VA – To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Loudoun County, Inova Loudoun Hospital Life with Cancer® and the Loudoun Breast Health Network are hosting Pathways to Survivorship: A Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at The National Conference Center,…

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Your Breast Cancer Treatment Questions, Answered

Lauren Mauro, MD, is a specialty care physician board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. She has a special interest in the management of breast cancer. She joins Inova Medical Group in April, 2019. A breast cancer diagnosis is a frightening and overwhelming experience. If you or someone you love is facing breast cancer,…

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Medical Tattooing for Cancer Survivors

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Marnie Rustemeyer is a licensed and board certified permanent cosmetic professional at Inova Medical Spa at Schar Cancer Institute. A former Wall Street executive, Marnie is a thyroid cancer survivor and a breast cancer “previvor.”  She began her career in medical tattooing after being diagnosed with the BRCA gene mutation and undergoing a preventive double…

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Moving Through Cancer Treatment

Caitlin Sweeney, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT is a physical therapist at Inova Physical Therapy Centers and Life With Cancer, a program of Inova Schar Cancer Institute that enhances the quality of life for those with cancer by providing education, information and support free of charge. She specializes in oncology rehabilitation and treatment of lymphedema. When you…

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Getting the Best Breast Care

Sara Bruce, MD, is a breast surgeon at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. A quarterback can’t make a touchdown without his teammates. In order to score on the field, you need a quarterback to throw the ball, a receiver to catch it and a defensive team to make sure the receiver reaches the end zone. Cancer is…

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Should You Go 3D for Mammogram Screening?

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Monjari Gillian, MD is a diagnostic radiologist at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. The research is clear: Annual breast cancer screening with mammography can reduce deaths from breast cancer by up to 40 percent. Even more good news: With the increasing availability of 3D tomosynthesis (3D mammography), breast cancer is detected earlier at its most treatable stage. 3D…

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