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Emerging from breast cancer, mastectomy

January 1, 2018, 6:05am Breast Cancer

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret Pelikan had two goals: to get rid of the disease and to feel normal afterward. Her team at Mayo Clinic helped her accomplish both. Read story

Dr. Cory Donovan looks over mammogram images Thursday morning at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland. Donovan, a breast surgical oncologist, will soon split her time at Good Sam and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Breast cancer diagnosis gave doctor ‘the ultimate breast cancer fellowship’

Dr. Cory Donovan looks over mammogram images Thursday morning at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland. Donovan, a breast surgical oncologist, will soon split her time at Good Sam and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

October 23, 2017, 6:00am Breast Cancer

Dr. Cory Donovan knew by the fourth year of medical school that she wanted to specialize in breast cancer treatment. What she didn’t know is that before finishing her specialty training, she would be a breast cancer patient. Read story

Erin Maher rests on her son Liam's chest as they play together in their apartment on Sept. 11, 2017. Since she was diagnosed with cancer last year, Erin has tried to alleviate stress and worry from her day.

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Erin Maher rests on her son Liam's chest as they play together in their apartment on Sept. 11, 2017. Since she was diagnosed with cancer last year, Erin has tried to alleviate stress and worry from her day.

October 8, 2017, 6:00am Breast Cancer

Erin Maher pulls her daughter close and nuzzles her face into the crook of the baby’s neck. She alternates between blowing raspberries on 9-month-old Illianna’s delicate skin and peppering her daughter with kisses. Read story

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Patients, survivors share their sources of strength

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October 8, 2017, 5:53am Breast Cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis can mean months of tests, uncertainty, chemotherapy, radiation and surgical procedures. Here, breast cancer patients and survivors share their sources of strength during their fight with breast cancer. Submissions have been edited for clarity. Read story

Breast care nurse Melissa Hopkins, center in black, taught groups of doctors, nurses, nursing students and other care providers in Hebron how to improve breast cancer outcomes in their community. “It’s a passion. It’s a joy. It’s something that’s a part of you. It’s not something you go into like a job.

Clark County nurse lends a hand internationally

Breast care nurse Melissa Hopkins, center in black, taught groups of doctors, nurses, nursing students and other care providers in Hebron how to improve breast cancer outcomes in their community. “It’s a passion. It’s a joy. It’s something that’s a part of you. It’s not something you go into like a job.

October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

In small villages surrounding Jerusalem, women with breast cancer may get diagnosed late, if at all. Then, they don’t always get the treatment they need. Read story

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Survivor update: Women look back at challenges, lessons

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October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

Editor's note: The Columbian has shared the stories of dozens of women and men with breast cancer since it began publishing the Confronting Breast Cancer section in October 2013. We recently caught up with two women to see how they are doing today. Read story

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Vancouver Clinic oncologist says patient is boss

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October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

Dr. Michaelann Liss is a familiar face in the local oncology community. She’s worked at The Vancouver Clinic for 11 years and visits patients at both Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth Southwest medical centers. Read story

Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, left, and certified surgical technologist Autumn Hallcraft work together during a lumpectomy surgery at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

New technology brings certainty to breast cancer treatment

Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, left, and certified surgical technologist Autumn Hallcraft work together during a lumpectomy surgery at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson stands next to her patient lying on the table in Operating Room 12. She looks at the woman’s bare chest and points to a small mark. That, she said, is where a radiologist inserted a magnet. Read story

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Without affordable insurance, patient costs could skyrocket

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October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

Cancer patients faced nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs for their treatment in 2014. And those are people with insurance. Read story

Imaging manager Julie Bogh, left, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center president Bryce Helgerson, breast surgeon Dr. Cory Donovan and breast cancer survivor Liz Stanley on a tour of the center.

Legacy Salmon Creek center will bring breast cancer care closer

Imaging manager Julie Bogh, left, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center president Bryce Helgerson, breast surgeon Dr. Cory Donovan and breast cancer survivor Liz Stanley on a tour of the center.

October 8, 2017, 5:50am Breast Cancer

Twice a week for four months, Liz Stanley commuted from her Washougal home to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham, Ore. for chemotherapy. Read story