breast cancer Press Items

Brudnicks Put a Premium on Care at NSMC
“There if you need it.” For Swampscott’s Jeffrey Brudnick, these words hold special meaning—both as the owner of a successful insurance business and as the recipient of life-saving care at North Shore Medical Center. With a $500,000 gift to NSMC’s Best Care, Right Place campaign to support The Brudnick Breast Health Center at Salem Hospital, Brudnick and his wife, Susan, are helping to ensure that others on the North Shore have access to state-of-the-art care when they need it. 
Dramatic Rescue: Danvers Dog Trainer Bounces Back at NSMC Salem Hospital
Alexis Rochefort is a certified dog trainer and her rescues, Rudy and Leo, are her constant companions. “My heart belongs to rescue dogs,” says the Danvers resident. “Many people see only their flaws; I see their potential.” In August 2016, Rochefort’s training career was put on hold after she learned that a lump she found on her upper chest was Stage 2 breast cancer.
Mother, Teacher, “Warrior” Kelly Donahue Beats Breast Cancer at The Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center
Kelly Donahue’s life changed at a red light. The 37-year-old mother of two was behind the wheel when, as she stretched her sore, workout-weary arms, she felt a lump in her breast. “I knew immediately that something wasn’t right,” recalls Donahue, “and I wasn’t going to wait and see if it went away.”
The Healthy Life Winter 2017 - This issue features a Lynn man's highly successful weight loss through bariatric surgery he received at NSMC's Weight Management Program. It also includes a story about a North Reading mother of two who was successfully treated for breast cancer at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, and how a lung cancer screening led to early detection and a positive outcome for a Marblehead resident. 
Kickin’ Breast Cancer
In May 2014, North Reading resident Kelly Donahue, found a lump in her breast during a self-breast exam. The mammogram results came back unclear, which prompted her primary care physician to also order an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed a mass, which was determined to be cancerous.
Saved by Self-Exam
Paula Steele Brancato has always understood the importance of conducting a monthly breast self-exam, but she never had made it part of her regular routine. “I did breast exams, but not on a monthly basis,” says Brancato, 66, of Ipswich. Her perspective changed a few years ago, when she happened to give herself a breast self-exam after reading an article about screening. 
The Healthy Life Winter 2015 - This issue features a cover story on an Ipswich woman who discovered a lump in her breast during a self-exam and was successfully treated at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. Also included is a feature on a Lynn patient treated at the NSMC Heart Center, an update on the recently renovated Special Care Nursery and a story on a teen who learned valuable life skills working with NSMC pediatricians and adolescent psychiatrists.
Advanced Technology, Early Diagnosis
Her proactive approach to health may have saved Florence Velluto’s life last year. In October 2013, after having her annual mammogram at the NSMC Women’s Center in Danvers—something she has done faithfully since her 30s—Velluto received a call from North Shore Medical Center radiologist Kevin Callahan, M.D., asking her to come back in for another test because he saw something on her exam that didn’t look right.
The Healthy Life Spring 2014 - This issue features a cover story on NSMC’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, which has sessions for adults, teens and children. Also included is a story on a Marblehead woman who got a jump on her breast cancer diagnosis thanks to new 3-D tomosynthesis mammography, and a story on NSMC orthopedic surgeon Doug Peterson, M.D., who recently led a military medical unit in Afghanistan.
Brudnicks Put a Premium on Care at NSMC
“There if you need it.” For Swampscott’s Jeffrey Brudnick, these words hold special meaning—both as the owner of a successful insurance business and as the recipient of life-saving care at North Shore Medical Center.
The Case for Early Detection
Between raising her two children with her husband Gino, managing a busy household and working full time, Peabody resident Karen Schrader, 47, didn’t normally take a lot of time for herself. But one night last September, while washing dishes, she realized that she hadn't had a screening mammogram in several years. With a history of benign cysts in her 20s and 30s, she knew she was overdue.
Kim Kimball (breast cancer survivor)
Kim Kimball's breast cancer treatment included a high quality of care and state-of-the-art technology -- and was just minutes from her home in Wenham.
Embracing Life Beyond Breast Cancer
A five year cancer survivor shares her story.