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Breast Cancer
Molecular Profiling and Breast Cancer

Molecular Profiling and Breast Cancer

By Robert Gin, MD

The word profiling has been defined as the use of personal characteristics or behavior patterns to make generalizations about a person. Profiling is used in our everyday lives. When someone knocks on our door and we look through the peephole, we make a split decision on the person’s appearance to decide if we open the door or turn off our lights to show no one is at home. Dating sites and the internet collect data and use that information to present users with a compatible person or products.  However, profiling is not limited to just people. Think about walking along the sidewalk and you see a pit bull (no offense to pit bulls).

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Nurse’s Victorious Battle with Breast Cancer Brings Hope to Patients

When a woman is going through breast cancer treatment a lot happens to her, physically and emotionally.

She feels sick from chemotherapy and radiation, her career may be on hold, money may be tight, friends are awkward and afraid to ask questions, and her sense of femininity and self-confidence may be shaken. Worst of all, she wonders if she’ll live through it.

So it would only make sense that she would find comfort in knowing that her own nurse has also battled and beat breast cancer — she too lost her hair, spent her days feeling sick and her nights sleepless with worry.

That very woman exists — a breast cancer survivor who, as a nurse for Arizona Oncology, guides other women through the process every step of the way. Her name is Lisa Collier and she is a nurse navigator at the Biltmore Cancer Center in Phoenix. Nurse navigators work at several Arizona Oncology practices. Their job is to provide one-on-one attention with patients from beginning to end and beyond as they battle cancer.

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