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).
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from cells in the breast. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.
- Age: Most breast cancers develop in adults over the age of 50
- Family history: The chance of developing breast cancer increases when immediate family members have had the disease
- Personal history: Women who had cancer in one breast have an increased risk of developing cancer in another area of that same breast or in the other breast
- Reproductive history: Women who began menstruating before 12, who experienced menopause after 55, who were pregnant for the first time after age 30 or never had children can increase risk
- Alcohol: Consumption of alcohol can slightly increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer
- Weight: Being overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer
One aspect of cancer treatment is clinical research. While it’s not the recommended treatment plan for all patients, clinical trials through the Arizona Oncology cancer research program bring new options for cancer treatment to patients who aren’t having success with other treatments or have a unique type of cancer that has a treatment option under investigation.
With a community-based cancer research trial, patients don’t have to travel long distances to access these latest treatments being studied not only by oncologists in Phoenix, but across the country, to try to bring newer and better options to all patients.
If your oncologist told you there was something safe, free, beneficial and often enjoyable you could do to improve mental and physical health while you undergo active cancer treatment, you might enthusiastically agree right away. Or, you might be skeptical. The good news is that research shows there is such an activity: Exercise!
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.