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Cancer prevention options and family history

April 02, 2015

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie-Pitt revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes...

How the BRCA gene mutation increases the risk of cancer

March 25, 2015

After already having a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie-Pitt decided to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes upon discovering she carries the...

Preventive double mastectomies raise questions over who should be tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation, and why

May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventive double mastectomy because she has the BRCA1 gene mutation has raised concern over who else should be tested for the gene, and why.

Providence receives grant to expand Palliative Care Program

August 24, 2012

With help from a Cambia Health Foundation grant, Providence Medford Medical Center is expanding its palliative care program to provide the full continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team is led by Medical Director Susan Kohler, M.D., and consists of a palliative care nurse practitioner, case managers and spiritual care chaplains. Providence currently offers palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The grant provides funding to expand the program and to help educate patients, families and physicians on the value of this extra support.

Genetic testing for breast cancer

October 21, 2011

Often people are concerned that a diagnosis of cancer in one or more close relatives means that they are at an increased risk for developing cancer themselves.