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Breast Cancer Screening—Early Detection is the Key to Effective Treatment

Among women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. Fortunately, treatment has improved dramatically in recent years, and women today stand a better chance than ever before of beating breast cancer. To benefit from advances in science, women need to catch any cancer as early as possible —and that requires regular breast screenings with mammography. Many women avoid getting a screening because they worry about what it might entail, but Dr. Heather Greenwood, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Breast Imaging section at the University of California, San Francisco, explains that there's nothing to fear in getting a breast screening—and, when early detection is the key to effective treatment, that it could save your life.

There’s Nothing Funny about the Funny Bone

Most of us have been unlucky enough to experience that “electric” shock of pain when whacking our “funny bone” just so. The pain generated from a small bump to the ulnar nerve is enough to bring tears to your eyes. Now, imagine that type pain on an ongoing basis–in your back, neck, legs, or feet. UCSF assistant professor and neuroradiologist Doctor Vinil Shah is at the vanguard of nerve treatment, employing modern imaging technology to diagnose, treat, and optimally resolve nerve pain.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy—Convenience and Excellent Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients

Fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist Veronica Shim MD, specializes in personalized breast cancer treatment and hereditary women's cancer risk management at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center. “For many of our patients, breast cancer is a chronic disease—the time between diagnosis and survivorship can be a long journey,” says Dr. Shim. “As a breast surgical oncologist, I work with a team of breast care experts to assist my patients in developing a treatment plan that reflects the patient’s personal values.” KP Oakland Medical Center offers intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IRT) to a selected group of early breast cancer patients to provide more convenient option to the traditional radiation method.

Back to Our Roots with Western Herbal Medicine: Ancient Plant-based Remedies for a Modern World

Too much stress, not enough exercise or sleep—now toss in a poor diet and environmental factors like air pollution or exposure to toxic chemicals. If this sounds like your life, you’re not alone. Physical and environmental stressors can take their toll on your health, leading to premature aging and a host of diseases. When you’re ready to get back in balance, a little help from Mother Nature is a great place to start. Certified Western Herbalist Sirajama Bajo, lead practitioner at Berkeley’s Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, shares her encyclopedic knowledge of ancient herbal medicines for a modern world.

Options for Women Seeking V-Birth after C-Section

With two locations serving Northern California, East Bay Women’s Health (EBWH) provides an impressive suite of obstetric and gynecology services, pre- and post-natal care, DaVinci robotic surgery – as well as aesthetic procedures. With a newly hired midwife, EBWH furthers its goal of providing excellent healthcare options to women of all ages, throughout the East Bay.

Banish the Bulge of Varicose Veins

Beyond bulging, bumpy varicose veins and unsightly spider veins, vascular diseases, like carotid arteries or renal vascular disease, can be life threatening. Dr. Michael Ingegno, of Oakland’s General Vascular Surgery Medical Group specializes in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive varicose vein procedures, as well as a suite of surgical vascular and arterial treatments.

Treating the Whole Patient–Integrated Care Removes the Stigma of Mental Health Care

Kaiser Permanente’s recent national consumer poll revealed that Americans are more likely to seek mental health services than they were 10 years ago, but that the country still has a ways to go in breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental health disorders. “Our goal is to treat the whole patient–not separate the ‘head’ from the ‘body’,” says Linda Kim, MD, Chief of Psychiatry and Associate Director of Regional Mental Health for the Northern California Kaiser Permanente System. “And, to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.”