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Registerd Dietitian Spotlight - Whitney Warminski

Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! This is a day to recognize our food and nutrition experts who are committed to improving the health of their patients, clients and communities. Harrington Cancer Center’s Registered Dietitian, Whitney Warminski, RD, CSP, LD-Clinical Dietitian, shares with us why she chose to work for Harrington and what she loves most about working in nutrition.

Here is what Whitney had to say:

A Mother’s Battle with Breast Cancer

When Paige Reinke went to Harrington Breast Center for her routine mammogram last November, she felt like something was off. “I go every year to get my mammogram, but afterwards, I returned to work and felt as though something wasn’t right,” said Paige. “They called me the very next morning and I went back for another mammogram and ultrasound. They didn’t like what they saw, so they wanted biopsies done.” Paige went back the next day and had 15 biopsies taken.

Finding Breast Cancer Support through a Center and a Cup of Coffee

As Patricia 'Trish' Hardin prepared for Christmas, she went in for her annual mammogram on December 17. A few days later, she received a call from her gynecologist, telling her she needed to go to the Harrington Breast Center for a diagnostic ultrasound. “I had my ultrasound done on December 23rd and was told I would need a biopsy, so Christmas was a really sad time because there was a lot of uncertainty,” Patricia shares.

Taking the Fear Out of Breast Cancer

Diane Brown, 66, always wanted to have a family. “I have 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and I’ve never been pregnant!” she shares of how her family came to be when in her 20s it didn’t look as promising. “I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 26.” She later adopted a daughter, Aaryn, and a son, Trent. Three more children joined her family when she married her husband, Larry.

Does smoking make breast cancer more deadly?

It’s commonly known that smoking can lead to different health risks, especially lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is reported to also increase your risk of death if you develop breast cancer?

“Life after cancer is more than just surviving.”

“You have cancer” is a phrase you never forget hearing for the first time. Imagine hearing it three times. Susan Spurlock-Rawlins did and wants others who hear those same words to not only have hope, but also the resources they need. Now a three-time cancer survivor, Susan is helping to honor all cancer survivors through her advocacy as the state lead for the Cancer Action Network with the American Cancer Society.

Screening for Third Breast Cancer Genetic Mutation

It is now more common for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer to be familiar with the genetic mutations – BRCA1 and BRCA2. Both increase the risk of developing cancer. Knowing whether you have one of these genetic mutations or not is valuable information for patients and their health care providers. Patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age 45, have multiple family members with breast cancer, or male breast cancer, or who at risk of having the mutation - if a family member either had or may have had the gene, are screened for BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Breast Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Exercise

Researchers reported in Cancer that two-thirds of breast cancer patients are falling short of the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of rigorous exercise each week. Among those studied, 60 percent said their level of physical activity dropped after their diagnosis.

Survivorship Program offers Bridge following Cancer Treatment

When is a cancer patient no longer a cancer patient? Is it after the final round of chemotherapy or radiation? Is it the moment you learn the MRI is all clear? Is it after being in remission for a year? Two? Being a cancer patient is more involved than having cancer. There are fears, hopes, questions, side effects, and short-term and long-term concerns. Treating cancer is treating all of those factors. It is why we are proud to announce a new program called the Survivorship Program for cancer patients at Harrington Cancer Center to navigate the journey after treatment.
 

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