New breast center at Inova Loudoun offers high-tech testing plus comforting care

A Vision for Women’s Health Few women relish getting a mammogram, but the new Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Peterson Family Breast Center stands poised to make the testing more efficient, pleasant, convenient and, most importantly, even more accurate. Located on the Inova Loudoun Hospital Medical Campus (click for google map), the 3,800-square-foot breast center…

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Considering New Direct-to-Consumer Breast Cancer Tests? First, Get the Facts

Tiffani A. DeMarco, MS, LCGC, is a licensed and certified genetic counselor and the manager of the cancer genetic counseling program at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. She and her team of cancer genetic counselors specialize in counseling patients and family members at risk for hereditary cancers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave…

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Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Peterson Family Breast Center Offering Convenient and Comprehensive Breast Care in Loudoun County

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Leesburg, VA — The new Inova Schar Cancer Institute – Peterson Family Breast Center offers area women convenient and comprehensive care close to home.  Located on the main campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital, the 3,800 square foot suite is modern, soothing and provides a central navigation point for women. The Peterson family generously donated $10M…

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Lumpectomy: Who’s a Candidate?

Dr. Shannon Lehr is a board certified and fellowship trained breast surgeon with 20 years of experience caring for patients with breast cancer.  Dr. Lehr is the Medical Director of Breast Care Consultants of Northern Virginia and the Inova Breast Care Program at Inova Loudoun Hospital.    A lumpectomy (also called a partial mastectomy) is…

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Mammograms 101: Your Guide to Breast Imaging

Stephanie Carr, RT (R) (M), is a registered radiologic technologist with specialized training in mammography. She is the Mammography Team Leader for Inova Loudoun Hospital and ILH’s associated outpatient imaging centers in Ashburn, Leesburg and Dulles South.   This month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why not take a cue from the pink…

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Banish Stress: 7 Ways to Stay Calm During Cancer Treatment

Sermsak (Sam) Lolak, MD, is board-certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He is an oncologic psychiatrist at Inova Life With Cancer, where he specializes in helping patients manage depression, stress and anxiety in the context of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Having breast cancer is an incredibly stressful experience. Besides messing with your mood, stress negatively…

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For some breast cancer patients at Inova Fair Oaks, a time-saving treatment is welcome

Convenience Counts: IORT for Breast Cancer For women with early stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment. For some women, however, undergoing radiation five days a week for up to six weeks is fatiguing and difficult to negotiate with work and family obligations. Now, physicians…

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