Cancer Specialist and Survivor Share Benefits of Positive Thinking

Joanna Gagis is joined by Dr. Jill Morrison, Hematologist, Oncologist, Breast Cancer Specialist and Medical Director of the Infusion Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Mary Ann Fernandez, Artist and Owner of Gypsy Yogis. Mary Ann describes her battle with breast cancer and Dr. Jill Morrison highlights how Mary Ann’s positivity and optimism throughout her treatment can be a good lesson for those going through cancer.

10/7/17 #617

 

 

 

 

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"And reverse swan dive the arms all the way up and over. I always do my yearly mammograms. I mean I was in great shape, and I had just opened my studio. And inhale... the right arm up and over. I had already felt a lump in my left breast. It felt weird to him. He said, "No I have to do a needle biopsy now!" It came out malignant. Welcome back to Life & Living. The more we learn about cancer treatments, the more we understand the importance of a positive attitude. Joining me to talk about this are Doctor Jill Morrison who is a hematologist, oncologist, and breast cancer specialist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Mary Ann Fernandez, who is an artist and owner of Gypsy Yogis in Weehawken, New Jersey. Welcome to the program. Thank you. Thank you. We're talking about breast cancer care, right Doctor Morrison? Really and how patients can best approach it. And there's this really interesting story, Mary Ann, you're gonna tell us your experience of overcoming breast cancer and how yoga really helped you. But let's just start with the basics. First, what do we know about the risks for cancer? And who should be getting screened? The risks for cancer are... Breast cancer I should say. Right. The risks for breast cancer multiple. But let me start by saying what we don't know about breast cancer is much more in general than what we do know. So that's concerning. And I think that every woman of a certain age should start getting screened for breast cancer so that... What is that certain age? So somewhere between 35 and 40 you should have your first screening mammogram. And then yearly after that a screening mammogram if all is well. If you have a family member, a first degree family member, that's mother, sibling, child, who has breast cancer, or had breast cancer, then you get screened... start screening ten years younger than that person... than the youngest family member. The most important thing that's come up recently is that young women with very dense breasts, a mammogram may not be enough. And so... So then what is required? Ultrasounds. In addition. So one does not replace the other. Mammograms can be uncomfortable, and a lot of people would hope that there would be a replacement, but they add to each other. They don't replace. So you still need both?  Mm hmm. And if you're seeing your doctor regularly, they should be..."