Tag: breast cancer

The Future Of DIEP Flap: Ensuring Continued Access To Innovative Breast Reconstruction

VBCF joins the Community Breast Reconstruction Alliance (CBRA) to advocate for continued access to DIEP flap breast reconstruction amid insurance code changes, ensuring vital options for patients.

Thermography: Is it a Reliable Alternative to Mammograms?

A mammogram (L) is an X-ray image of the breast that can identify tissue types with different densities, such as masses within the breast. Thermography (R) produces an infrared image that shows the patterns of heat on or near the surface of the body. Image source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration In discussions about mammography…
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VIDEO: Oral Health & Breast Cancer

VBCF’s Education Manager, Erin Steigleder, chats with two oral health professionals about the importance of looking after your oral health before, during, and after breast cancer treatment. Dr. Sarah Glass is an oral and maxillofacial pathologist and an assistant professor at the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Nazy Zahedi is a hospital dentist with VCU.

WEBINAR RECORDING: Breast Cancer & Heart Health

Are you aware of the link between breast cancer and heart health? There are many shared risk factors between the two conditions, and in some cases, breast cancer treatment can have long-lasting cardiac effects. Dr. Wendy Bottinor from the Pauley Heart Center at VCU Health provides guidance on how to protect heart health during treatment…
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2021 General Assembly Session Begins

The 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session began on Wednesday, January 13th. This year’s “short session” is scheduled to last only 30 days, but recent reports suggest that Governor Northam may extend the session to 45 days. Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, much of the work during the session will be done virtually. Given these…
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Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Need Your Help

VBCF is working with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to enact federal legislation that would waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility and the 5-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for individuals with metastatic breast cancer. The median life expectancy for patients with metastatic breast cancer is just 26 months, so these…
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