Fridays with Dr. Gralow

Editor’s Note: Dr. Julie Gralow is the director of Breast Medical Oncology at SCCA. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve asked Dr. Gralow to answer readers’ questions about breast cancer every Friday during October. If you have a question that you would like to ask Dr. Gralow, please let us know.

Last week Dr. Gralow traveled to Turkey to attend the International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference: BREASTANBUL 2014 (which, incidentally, was happening in parallel with one of the world’s biggest women’s sports events—the FIBA Basketball World Championships). Dr. Gralow shared a panel with several other renowned cancer experts, including SCCA’s Dr. Ben Anderson. Dr. Gralow’s presentation was titled “Supportive Care During and Following Systemic Treatment.”

In this Friday’s video, Dr. Gralow answers the question, “What are the challenges faced by women who have a breast cancer diagnosis in other parts of the world?”

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    Five Minutes with Dr. Larissa Korde

    Editor’s Note: “Five Minutes With” is a new series about SCCA’s staff and physicians that is designed to give our readers a look into the “non-clinical” side of the people who work at SCCA. If there’s a doctor or staff member you would like to know more about, or perhaps a question that you would like us to ask, please let us know.

    Korde-325-2014Larissa Korde specializes in the care and treatment of breast cancer patients at SCCA, where she has been practicing since 2009. Before that, she worked at the National Cancer Institute, where she did her fellowship in medical oncology and cancer prevention. Dr. Korde was born in Uganda. When she was two years old, she and her family were expelled by the Idi Amin government, along with 60,000 other Indians. Her family subsequently moved to Toronto, then Vancouver, before settling in New York. Learn more about Dr. Korde’s clinical and research expertise here.

    What’s the last book you read?
    Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. Though What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret were so much better! And my daughter and I are currently reading The 39 Clues series. We’re always reading together.

    What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    Baking and cooking with my daughter, reading, entertaining for friends, and enjoying movies at iPic in Redmond.

    toomanyshoesDo you have a personal motto?
    You can never have too many shoes.

    Who is the person you most admire?
    Nelson Mandela.

    What is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
    Greenlake, Golden Gardens. Outside of Seattle, I enjoy going to Great Wolf Lodge with my daughter and visiting Mt. Rainier or someplace with a warm beach.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Bali, or a one-month trip to Europe with stops including the Greek Islands, Paris, Venice and St. Petersburg.

    What is your favorite restaurant?
    For happy hour I like Cicchetti. The favorite in my neighborhood is Silver Tray in Wallingford. And I like Purple and Wild Ginger.

    macklemorebobbleMariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
    Mariners, my daughter and I collect Mariners bobbleheads–my daughter’s favorite bobblehead is Macklemore.

    iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone?

    What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t an oncologist?
    I would be Annie Walker, the super fancy spy in Covert Affairs. But really I would be a chef. I like cooking everything. My daughter loves to bake, so we bake together and then she decorates. She wants us to start a cake business.

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      Fridays with Dr. Gralow

      Editor’s Note: Dr. Julie Gralow is the director of Breast Medical Oncology at SCCA. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve asked Dr. Gralow to answer readers’ questions about breast cancer every Friday during October. If you have a question that you would like to ask Dr. Gralow, please let us know.

      Last weekend, Dr. Gralow participated in the Wings of Karen 3rd Annual 5K Bra Dash where, in the company of Team SCCA, she answered the question, “How do lifestyle factors affect breast cancer risk?” View her answer below:

      See the SCCA website for more information about breast cancer risk factors. In the video, Dr. Gralow mentions online tools for calculating your body mass index: the NIH has a good one here along with information about managing your body weight.

      Team SCCA members at Wings of Karen 5K Bra Dash. From left to right: Denise Bundow, Katie Fitzmaurice, and Dr. Julie Gralow.

      Team SCCA members at the Wings of Karen 5K Bra Dash. From left to right: Denise Bundow, Katie Fitzmaurice, and Dr. Julie Gralow.

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        When Should You Get a Mammogram?

        According to the National Cancer Institute, the second most common type of cancer in the United States is breast cancer–nearly a quarter-million women will be diagnosed with the disease this year. That’s why SCCA takes Breast Cancer Awareness Month so seriously, because the earlier breast cancer is detected, the more likely it can be treated successfully.

        But, given the recent debates in the media about the over-screening and over-treatment of breast cancer, when a woman should get screened for breast cancer may not be so clear. In this video, Dr. Connie Lehman, the director of imaging at SCCA, underscores what nearly everyone in the medical community agrees on regarding breast cancer screening.

        Learn about breast cancer screening here. To schedule your mammogram at SCCA’s Women’s Center or to find out when the SCCA Mobile Mammography Van (MammoVan) will be in your area, please call (206) 288-7800. And take a look at SCCA’s Smart Choices for Breast Health infographic for what to think about when it comes to your health and breast cancer.

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          SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Closes Out 2014 Campaign

          The 2014 season came to a close last week, but not before our track racers racked up wins at the 2014 USAC Track Masters Nationals and 2014 State Championships at the Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond.


          National Title Winner Ali McKay on top of the podium (second from right).

          At the Masters Track Nationals, Ali McKay won gold in both the Flying Time Trial and Match Sprint events, earning her a national title and Stars and Stripes jerseys for 2015. She also finished second in the Time Trial and second along with Cynthia Maree in the Team Sprint, earning both riders silver medals. Cynthia also finished fourth in the Individual Pursuit and Points races. Vern Cole earned a silver medal by finishing second in the Team Pursuit.

          Following up on nationals were the track State Championships on September 5, where Tony Blazejack won the category 3 Scratch Race state title. A Scratch Race is a straight up race against a large field of riders which demonstrates the endurance and strength of a racer. This brings a close to the 2014 season. This year, the team performed at the highest levels while maintaining a great team camaraderie and family environment.

          Watch for our Cyclocross updates and remember the SCCA/Starbucks Grand Prix of Cyclocross at Marymoor Park is Sunday November 2! And if you’re wondering what cyclocross looks like, check out the video below from last year’s race.

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