Walks to fight breast cancer

The American Cancer Society will sponsor several Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in Chicago’s south suburbs and Northwest Indiana in October.

Local researchers, healthcare workers paving the way for future generations


Breast cancer, aside from skin cancer, is the most common form of cancer in women; it’s vital to be prepared and well informed because if detected early, it may be successfully treated. “Early detection of cancer saves lives and in recent years cancer survival rates …

How you can help


Looking to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer? Here are some upcoming events taking place in the Chicagoland area.

Breast cancer diagnosis better defined


Technology at Community Hospital Women’s Diagnostic Center in Munster, Ind., is being used to further define a breast cancer diagnosis

Free mammograms for low income women in Northwest Indiana


Methodist Hospitals will use a $25,000 grant from the Chicago Bears to offer free mammograms to high-risk, low-income, women in Northwest Indiana.

Forum on breast cancer


A breast cancer survivor from Dolton will address the importance of cancer clinical trials when she speaks at the Ingalls Conquering Breast Cancer Forum Oct. 26 in Matteson, Ill.

Breast care center offers collaborative effort


Breast radiologist Sasmita Misra, of Franciscan St. Margaret Health’s Breast Care Center, with locations in Dyer and Hammond, Ind., says the center is equipped to provide comprehensive care from a screening mammogram to a breast MRI.

State-of-the-art mammography suites


Little Company of Mary’s Outpatient Care Center, in Oak Lawn, Ill., offers a mammography suite that features a fully digital mammography unit.

When cancer becomes personal


The barrage of news about cancer can seem overwhelming, but it hits home after losing a loved one to the disease.

Test for women with higher risk of breast cancer

Franciscan St. James Health, with campuses in Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields, Ill., offer BRCAnalysis testing for women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer.

Wigs suited for chemotherapy hair-loss

M & M Beauty Supply stores in Northwest Indiana have wigs to suit any woman who has lost her hair due to chemotherapy.

Event to fight breast cancer in Northwest Indiana

Several employees of Franciscan Alliance hospitals in Northwest Indiana will take part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Merrillville on Oct. 13.

All post-mastectomy needs

Women who are considering, or have recently had a mastectomy, have a place to go in Lansing, Ill., that offers not only pre-op knowledge about what’s ahead, but products to use post-op.

3D technology for breast cancer screenings


The Women’s Diagnostic Center offers 3D mammography for breast cancer screening at the Valparaiso Health Center and main hospital campus in Hobart, Ind.

Attacking breast cancer stems cells is focus of clinical trial


A major reason that breast cancer returns after treatment and spreads to other parts of the body is that current chemotherapy and radiation treatments do not kill the cancer stem cells. That premise provides the basis for a clinical trial open at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and two other sites testing a drug that has been found in laboratory studies to attack cancer stem cells. The drug, reparixin, will be used in combination with standard chemotherapy.

Breast cancer FAQ

The American Cancer Society answers the following questions which are frequently asked about breast cancer. Q: What are the American Cancer Society’s recommended guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer using mammography? A: Based on an expert panel’s review of the historic and recent …

Mammograms, demystified

While mammography is not perfect, getting a high-quality mammogram is currently the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Mammography can identify breast cancer before physical symptoms develop, when the disease is most treatable. Death rates for breast cancer have steadily decreased in women …

Mother’s Day race against breast cancer to honor Maggie Daley


The Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure this year will be in honor of Chicago’s former First Lady, Maggie Daley, who died of breast cancer in November, 2011.

Program addresses needs of cancer-care patients


The Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) program helps patients heal from cancer’s debilitating side effects and symptoms. Ingalls Health will have 23 STAR-certified cancer caregivers on staff by May, 2013.

A 3D imaging tool to better care for breast cancer patients


The Women’s Diagnostic Center, part of Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., now has 3D imaging capabilities through a high-resolution Positron Emission Tomography scanner to perform Positron Emission Mammography, offering better care for breast cancer patients.

3D mammography comes to Chicago’s south suburbs

Franciscan St. James is the only hospital in the south suburbs of Chicago to offer 3D mammography, which improves the ability to detect smaller or hidden breast cancers.

Dressing post-mastectomy patients

The Women’s Boutique, part of ABC Medical Services in Lansing, Ill., offers the largest on-site size selection of in-stock, post-mastectomy prostheses and bras in Chicago’s south suburban area.

Romping to raise funds to fight cancer


The annual Romp and Roll Walk & Fun Run helps raise funds for the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster. This year’s will be Oct. 6 at the football field at Munster High School.

Two studies tackle early-stage breast cancer


Two women in the Chicagoland area are participating in breast cancer studies, one that tests the investigational drug Pertuzumab, the other looking into the diabetic drug Metformin.