The dreaded mammogram callback

By Belinda Risher RN, MS Sentara Cancer Network You just had your annual screening mammogram and checked off that box on your never ending list of things to do. Then, you get the dreaded phone call from your Breast Center. They need you back for additional imaging. Panic sets in. But what does being called back really … Continue Reading

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Reduce breast cancer risk via diet

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE This month, we’ve seen pink ribbons out and about to remind us of breast cancer and that it’s a treatable, beatable cancer if detected in its earliest stages. The stats: There will be 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer this year, and 62,500 new cases of carcinoma situ, … Continue Reading


Breast cancer and lymphedema

By Brianna Simmons Sentara Therapy Services Lymphedema is swelling of the arm, breast, trunk or leg from an accumulation of lymph fluid due to a change in the lymphatic or vascular system. Women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer (including removal of lymph nodes, chemotherapy and radiation) are at particular risk for developing lymphedema with … Continue Reading


Five good reasons to get a mammogram

By Dr. Kelley Allison Sentara Cancer Network It is that time of year again when pink is everywhere, from illuminated buildings to NFL football teams to the countless walks and runs across America. And despite all the media attention surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women may be asking themselves, “Do I really need to have … Continue Reading


Your guide to a stronger and healthier back


By Dr. Raenell Williams Sentara Family Medicine Physicians Ever wonder where your strength really comes from? You probably think that it’s your arms – or maybe your legs. But, it’s actually your back! Your back stabilizes your body and is where the center of your strength originates. Unfortunately, though, chronic back pain is one of the … Continue Reading


Limit your risk of breast cancer


By Belinda Risher, RN, MS Sentara Cancer Network Certain lifestyle behaviors can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Risk reduction means making choices to avoid or minimize any possible risk factors that you can. It also means increasing the protective factors in your life so your chances of developing breast cancer are lower. While … Continue Reading


Do you need orthotics?


By Kathryn Newsom PT, DPT, ATC Sentara Therapy Services Most of us have seen commercials and advertisements for shoe inserts, or seen them at the local drug or sporting goods store. They can be made of gel or cushion, come in all shapes and sizes and do many different things for those with a variety of … Continue Reading


Pack lunches the healthy way


By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE Kids are probably settled back into their school routine. Lots more reading, homework, and after school activities – the entire day really ramps up during the school year. Children of all ages need the daily energy to handle all of the goings on, as well as the essential … Continue Reading


Is that really you?


Written by Robin Crane, MBA, Customer Development Advisor, Sentara Healthcare Let’s face this.  We all like to think that we are unique, an individual like no other.  But have you ever googled yourself?  I just did.  It was a bit scary. There are 24 professionals on Linked In with my same name;  images of both women … Continue Reading


Parkinson’s Disease and Depression


By Karen M. Thomas, DO Director, Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Program Sentara Neurology Specialists With the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams last month, the national dialogue became filled with questions about Parkinson’s disease and depression. The connection between the two conditions, however, has a long history. Over the past 15 … Continue Reading

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