During this program, you will hear insight from Breast Cancer experts, Dr. Sara Hurvitz, from the UCLA Medical Center and Dr. Patrick Borgen, from the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center discuss different testing procedures that are available for screening, what to do once diagnosed, and how to find the best possible care team. Dr. Cheetham also asks breast cancer patients, Kimberly Jewett and Jackie Theisen, about their diagnosisí and how each handled their situation. The patients also provide advice for anyone who may be facing a similar diagnosis.
▼ Episode 1 Importance of Breast Cancer Screening
Drs Patrick Borgen and Sara Hurvitz stress the importance of early screening through testing procedures such as mammographic exams.
The expert physicians discuss the effects of the media on Angelina Jolie and breast cancer and highlight what others should know when it comes to breast cancer prevention. They also explore various screening procedures and highlight important questions to ask during a mammogram.
► Episode 3 Breast Cancer: The 3 Receptors and Treatment
Drs Patrick Borgen and Sara Hurvitz discuss the 3 common receptors in breast cancer and explain their possible role in the disease. Patients Kimberly Jewett and Jackie Theisen talk about their own diagnoses in terms of their receptors and discuss the importance of understanding breast cancer, what to expect, what to ask your cancer care team, and how to best approach your diagnosis.
Drs Patrick Borgen and Sara Hurvitz explain the differences in breast cancer treatment and share insights on what to be aware of and ask about when considering your options. Kimberly Jewett and Jackie Theisen talk about their own experiences with treatment and explain how they made their treatment decisions.
Oncology specialist Jody Pelusi, RN, explains why strong communication among all members of a patient's care team is important. Jackie Theisen and Kimberly Jewett further discuss the importance of having a support system that includes partners and spouses who can also play an active role in decisions regarding a loved one's breast cancer.
► Episode 6 Communicating With Your Healthcare Team
Dr Sara Hurvitz and Jody Pelusi, RN, further encourage patients to understand the importance of communication with their healthcare team and make personalized decisions based on what is appropriate for them even if that entails switching doctors or getting a second or third opinion.
Dr Sara Hurvitz and Jody Pelusi, RN, discuss why communication among cancer care team members is important to the well-being of the patient. Jackie Theisen and Kimberly Jewett talk about their support communities and highlight different books that helped them along their journey.
Jackie Theisen shares her personal story as a breast cancer patient. She discusses how she came across her first lump, how she managed stress during and after her diagnosis, and how she located the right care team.
Cancer patient Jackie Theisen and her husband, Jeff, talk about how breast cancer has changed them and their daily life. They consider what they wish they had done differently in the past and share their optimism for the future.