Event raises $195,000 for Vancouver breast cancer charity

By The Columbian April 2, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Arnada: Nearly 400 people took part in a fundraiser for Vancouver-based Pink Lemonade Project, raising $195,000 to better the lives of those with breast cancer. The March 22 Pink Glow event at the Leftbank Annex in Portland was dubbed a "party with a purpose." Guests dined, bid on auction items and danced into the night. The donated money will benefit the nonprofit group's programs, including educational efforts, retreats and mentorship, as well as the new Lemon Drops program, which will provide child care to women undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Doctors: Mammography still valuable diagnostic tool for breast cancer

By Marissa Harshman March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

A Canadian study challenging the need for annual mammograms has prompted women across the country to question whether they need the yearly X-rays.

Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs

By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press December 12, 2013 10:11 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.

Breast cancer treatment advancements discussed

By The Columbian December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

The physicians at Compass Oncology are holding a community event to discuss the latest advancements in breast cancer treatment.

Identical twins share breast cancer, rare surgery

By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

CHICAGO — Identical twins Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer have shared a lot in their lives so when one was diagnosed with breast cancer, she urged the other to get tested, too.

Local woman with high cancer risk wants to help others like her

By Marissa Harshman October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Brandy McEllrath hadn't been given a breast cancer diagnosis when she made the decision to undergo a double mastectomy. But by the time she went under the knife on April 19, 2012, that had changed.

Pink Phoenix hosts open house for breast cancer survivors

October 22, 2013 1:28 p.m.

The Pink Phoenix dragon boat team comprised entirely of breast cancer survivors is hosting an open house for prospective members.

Ambulances go pink for breast cancer month

By The Columbian October 16, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Northcrest — During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you've probably spotted pink ribbons and pink T-shirts, but how about pink ambulances? Two American Medical Response of Southwest Washington ambulances got fresh splashes of color this month to support the battle against breast cancer. Along with the pink-striped emergency rescue vehicles, paramedics will be wearing pink shirts this month, which they purchased themselves as a fundraiser that has already brought in more than $750.

Self-exams a significant tool in breast cancer battle

By Marissa Harshman October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

While breast self-exams are no longer considered an essential early cancer detection method, health care providers say they still have value.

You Go, Girlfriends! Annual half marathon raises funds for breast cancer

By The Columbian October 13, 2013 9:15 p.m.

An estimated 1,800 women ran for a cause Sunday in the seventh Girlfriends Half Marathon. Organizer Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Fitness in downtown Vancouver said the event raised more than $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and about $5,000 for the Childrens Center in Vancouver. Also, six men dubbed the Pink Brigade raised $11,000 for the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The course took runners through Vancouver Barracks and east to Wintler Park. The women paid $65 to $80 each to participate. McMillan said she had nearly 50 sponsors and 300 volunteers. "It felt very positive and inspiring having all those women together supporting each other," she said. Brittney Forster of Beaverton, Ore, won the 13.1-mile race with a time of 1:29:36.

Mastectomies have become much less invasive, debilitating

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Breast cancer surgery has come a long way since ancient times. As early as 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians tried removing tumors with a flaming hot drill without much success.

Ancient Greeks, Egyptians were no strangers to cancer

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians were no strangers to breast cancer, even if they weren’t sure exactly what it was.“They were just as smart as we are; they just didn’t have the technology,” said Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, a breast surgical oncologist at Compass Oncology. “(The Greeks) were already doing surgery, though, and thinking about what was going on.”

Breast cancer resources and information

By The Columbian October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Breast cancer centers and information, in Clark County and nationally

Long a major weapon against tumors, radiation was also used in less helpful ways

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

There’s an odd balance to using radioactive materials to treat tumors: They are a great tool to fight cancer, but they can also cause cancer.

Chemical weapon led to chemotherapy

By Sue Vorenberg October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Chemotherapy is a lifesaving treatment today, but it has far more sinister origins.The therapy evolved from studies of mustard gas, a warfare agent used in World War I to incapacitate enemy troops by chemically blinding those exposed to it and burning and blistering their skin and bronchial tubes.