Oct 07, 2020

Ask an Expert: Targeted Axillary Dissection

Targeted axillary dissection (TAD) is a relatively new breast cancer procedure. It allows surgical oncologists to specifically locate a lymph node that contained cancer before chemotherapy, remove it during surgery, and check it to see if there is remaining cancer in the lymph node. With a more accurate picture of the patient’s response to chemotherapy in the lymph nodes, the patient may be able to keep more axillary, or underarm, lymph nodes.

Sep 30, 2020

My Mammogram Saved My Life

Jessica Rivera doesn't have any family history or risk factors for breast cancer. But when she turned 40 she scheduled her first screening mammogram, never expecting the results to come back positive. Jessica hopes to help other women by sharing her story and urging them to get their mammograms. “Cancer is still happening. It doesn’t care that we have a pandemic. I wish it did because we all feel like we have a full plate right now. But I believe with all my heart that my mammogram saved my life. Get your mammograms. Regardless.”

Aug 11, 2020

Call Her Quiet Thunder: Breast Cancer Didn't Slow Down this Cyclist

“I ended up saying yes to a whole lot more and doing lots of different things," says Jen Diederich, breast cancer survivor and cyclist. For Jen, her bicycle races have lead to much more than ribbons.

Jun 29, 2020

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, with Metastatic Breast Cancer

“When you get diagnosed with a terminal cancer, you have to decide how you’re going to live with a disease. It doesn’t have to stop you from doing things, but you do have to choose how to live.”

Jun 10, 2020

Ask an Expert: Why Choose a Lumpectomy?

Lumpectomy is the gold standard for breast cancer surgery, says Kirstyn E. Brownson, MD, a surgical breast oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute. We asked Dr. Brownson to explain what a lumpectomy is and the benefits it offers.

Jun 02, 2020

She’s Got Sunshine: Finding the Bright Side with Breast Cancer

After being diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her fortieth birthday, Renee felt overwhelmed and out of control. After meeting with her breast cancer surgeon and making a plan, she decided to celebrate the things she can control.

May 05, 2020

Breast Cancer and Physical Distancing

As a third year medical student, I was about to start work with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) breast cancer team when coronavirus cancellations began. All University of Utah School of Medicine clinical learning was suspended to protect the health of patients and students. Soon, however, Kirstyn E. Brownson, MD, the physician I was scheduled to work with on my rotation, contacted me. We talked shop and she shared insights about treating breast cancer. Aside from these lessons, she gave me a challenge: research something I’m interested in and its connection with breast cancer.

Mar 04, 2020

Talks with Docs: Kirstyn Brownson, Breast Cancer Surgeon

In this episode of Talks with Docs, Kirstyn Brownson, MD, tells us how she went from ballerina to surgeon after a life-changing injury. Dr. Brownson also speaks with us about her affinity for writing and how women with cancer have improved their experiences by engaging with their health care team.