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One Time, One Hour: A Game Changer for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

December 2, 2016
Hosted by Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA

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Concure Oncology will discuss its new game-changing treatment for early-stage breast cancer called Breast Microseed Treatment™. It’s a single-time post-lumpectomy, low-dose rate radiation treatment that’s administered in a one-hour outpatient procedure that allows women to go home the same day without having to return for any additional radiation sessions. Women can return to their normal activities the very next day and quickly get focused on life after cancer. They can quickly get back to work, to their families, and all the things they love about their lives….with cancer in their rearview mirrors.

Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio

Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Breast Friends helps women and families deal with the emotional upheaval of cancer. Our show offers advice and provides hope to the patients and survivors, while teaching their friends and family how to provide significant and helpful support to their loved ones.

Our show benefits the patients, as well as their friends and family members in several ways: Patients benefit because they find hope and inspiration in hearing stories of survival not only from the co-hosts, but also from our guests. Their friends and family members benefit by learning ways to support their loved ones and understand her journey a bit better. Each week we will introduce a different topic and provide resources that are sure to create interest and provide additional support to the patients and their families.

Breast Friends Cancer Support Radio can be heard live every Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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Sharon Henifin, CN-BA and Becky Olson, CN-BA

The hosts met in 1991 in their corporate jobs at Dex Media. Both are breast cancer survivors and co-founders of Breast Friends, a national non-profit established in 2000. They have worked with thousands of patients over the last fifteen years and provide inspiration, hope, and practical guidance from point of diagnosis, through treatment and many years beyond. Both women received the Local Hero Award from BMW-North America and Susan G. Komen, and are Certified Navigators/Breast Advocates.

Sharon Henifin has been a breast cancer survivor since 1993. She left her job as a sales trainer in 2006 to work full-time for Breast Friends. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2008 and expanded Breast Friends Survivorship program using life-coaching technique. She created and facilitates the “Thriving Beyond Cancer,” workshops and retreats. She is a published author with chapters in two publications and is presently working on her first book.

Becky Olson is a three time breast cancer survivor. She left her job as a sales manager in 2005 to pursue her work with Breast Friends. Becky has been a professional speaker since 2003 and travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring women to find joy in adversity. She is a published author with chapters in two books and has also published her own book, “The Hat That Saved My Life,” published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007. Becky received the National Pink Power Mom Award in 2009, and the Bank of America Local Hero award in 2012.

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Bernie Fox, MD

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Melissa Hopkins

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Rhonda Jolliffe, MSN, FNP-BC, CTNC

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Elizabeth Lahti, M.D

Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., is a Portland-area hospitalist and writer. Dr. Lahti is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Director of Narrative Medicine in the YourMD curriculum transformation at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. She designed and co-facilitates the first upper level interprofessional course through the Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiative at OHSU. She teaches narrative competence and reflective practice to students, residents and faculty with a particular interest in identity formation and resilience through story. Dr. Lahti is a member of the Full Frontal Writing Collective, a group of writers who meet weekly to practice and support each other in writing endeavors. Her writing has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Elohi Gaduji Journal. View Guest page

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Tambre Leighn, MA, PCC, ELI-MP

Tambre Leighn, is a Certified Professional Coach, and Co-Founder of Well Beyond This, Founder of Well Beyond Ordinary
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Courtney Lercara

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Mary Lucas R.T. (R)(M), CN-BI

Mammographer Mary Lucas was born and raised in Washington County, Oregon. Mary began her community involvement at an early age, volunteering at local animal shelters and the local fire brigade. She began working at Tuality Community Hospital in 1999 eventually working in the Mammography department as an Coordinator on the only Mobile Mammography program in the state of Oregon. This position sparked a desire to further her education in this field.
Mary then pursued a degree from Linn Benton Community College in Applied Sciences of Radiography and received further training in her specialty; Mammography and Breast Navigation.
Mary currently works as the Breast Health Manager for Tuality Healthcare, an OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) Partner, where she continues to help deliver quality care to her community.
Mary’s passion is to improve care and continue to lead the way for breast health imaging services by pursuing and providing proven technology advancements View Guest page

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Barbara Musser

Barbara Musser is an intimacy and sexuality speaker, educator, coach, facilitator and author. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. She is the founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer and author of Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey.
She is a member of AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and ISSWSH, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She writes the Sexy Saturdays blog, hosts the Inspire Program for Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and writes for Breast Cancer Answers and Nou online magazine. Barbara is the contributing sexpert in Getting Things off My Chest and wrote chapters for 10 to Thrive ~ A Comprehensive, Easy-to-read Guide to Life After Cancer for Young Adults (Top Ten Tips for Getting Your Sexy and Mojo On) and to American Breast Care’s Faces of Inspiration (Finding Your Joy). View Guest page

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Krista Nelson

Krista Nelson is an oncology social worker who works as Program Manager for Cancer Support Services with Providence Health and Services. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and her MSW from Portland State University. She has been a part of the Providence Health & Services oncology since 1997 providing psychosocial care to those with cancer and their families. She has specialized in many cancers over the years and is interested in the effect of cancer on the family.
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Yvonne Nydigger

After retiring from Zell Bros with 30+ years in sales and management, Yvonne enjoys part time work at the Washington Square Brighton Store. When not working, she volunteers with Breast Friends.
Since her recovery she has been a spokesperson for Breast Friends at community events and has emceed our annual Survivor Luncheon for the last several years. She assists with fundraising activities and helps patients with phone support, and accompanies them to doctor appointments. Yvonne is also a member of the Breast Friends Board of Directors.
She is funny, intelligent and compassionate. She is sure to inspire, educate, and amuse you.
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David B Page, MD

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Ann Peters

Ann was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 1977 at age 33. She was given 4 months to live. Somehow, she made it through her 36 treatments over the course of the next year. Her goal was to survive one year at a time. Now 39 years later, she is cancer free. Ann started the Pink Ribbon Society in Indiana in 2002 and has been actively involved in her community supporting women ever since. She has been named Indiana’s Woman of the Year. View Guest page

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Lisa Peters

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Sharon Purcell – Marketing and Brand Management

Sharon has had a 25-year career in sales, marketing, business development and operations, working for both Fortune 100 companies like GE, and start-ups. She has held leadership roles across multiple industries, and has a strong track record of driving business transformation and growth in highly competitive markets. Sharon has dedicated the past five years to consulting with healthcare start-ups, leading brand management, sales, marketing, and communications. Sharon was a founding member of the GE Women’s Network, a business organization that fosters professional women’s development to attract, advance and retain successful women throughout the company. Sharon believes that her work with women at GE was a vital stepping stone in using her voice to change women’s lives. She sees her work at Concure Oncology as a rewarding extension of that. Breast Microseed Treatment™ not only saves the lives of women with early-stage breast cancer, but it also preserves the quality of those lives. View Guest page

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Susyn Reeve, M.Ed.

As a teen Susyn Reeve, M.Ed. asked, “What would the world be like if everyone loved themselves?”
During her 40 years of experience as a Coach, Corporate Consultant and InterFaith Minister this question has guided her work.
She’s the co-creator of Self Esteem Experts (, author of the best-seller, The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind’s Capacity for Joy. Her new book, The Wholehearted Life: Big changes and Greater Happiness Week by Week.
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Mike Ribaudo, MD

Dr. Ribaudo has over 35 years’ experience as a board certified general and plastic surgeon with extensive exposure to breast cancer. He founded one of the first ambulatory surgical centers in 1983 and has developed and operated multiple facilities nationwide. He served as the CEO of Surgical Synergies. Dr Ribaudo has served on multiple boards of directors of healthcare companies. He has served as Executive Vice President of Surgical Health Corporation and HealthSouth Surgery Centers.
Dr Ribaudo graduated from Louisiana State Medical School with postgraduate training at Emory, Washington University, and New York University. Dr. Ribaudo received an Executive MBA from Stanford. He received postgraduate management training at Harvard Law School, Kellogg and Wharton Schools of Business. He served on the Board of Directors of Flow International a publicly traded serving as the Chairman of its Compensation and Search committees. View Guest page

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Mark Roby

Mark Roby is an author, Naturopathic doctor and cancer survivor. His book, Lifelines to Cancer Survival: A New Approach to Personalized Care chronicles his cancer survival story.
Mark’s strong interest in the practice of medicine led him to become an undergraduate at Central Michigan University, where he worked as a lab assistant, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and his physician assistant degree from Touro College in New York City in 1981 with academic and clinical honors. In 2000, he obtained an advanced degree in Naturopathy and has lectured on integrated medicine for over 15 years.
Diagnosed in December 2002 with a rare form of liver cancer, Mark soon discovered that traditional medicine was not going to save his life especially after hearing multiple doctors tell him that it was time to give up and accept his fate. Using his medical knowledge combined with integrative medicine techniques, he became an obsessive researcher and his own best advocate. View Guest page

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Stephen Rose, MD

Dr. Rose is the Founder and President of Rose Imaging Specialists, P.A., the nation's largest group of breast imaging specialists. Dr. Rose is also the Chief Medical Officer of Solis Mammography. Dr. Rose is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. His residency in Diagnostic Radiology was completed at the University of Texas at Houston, including training at M.D. Anderson, Texas Children’s Hospital Memorial Hermann Health System and St. Joseph’s Hospital of Houston, Texas. He is a board-certified, nationally renowned breast radiologist, and has dedicated his practice to the diagnosis of early breast cancer for almost two decades.
Dr. Rose was on the forefront of the implementation of state-of-the-art breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsies. He has received the “Susan G. Komen & BMW Ultimate Drive Hero", and was featured in Smithsonian Magazine in 2000. Dr. Rose also received “Physician of the Year” from Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital View Guest page

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Donna Shields, MS, RDN

Donna is co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Network, an online and holistic-focused cannabis education training platform for health professionals, caregivers and patients. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and a breast cancer thriver, she knows first-hand the multi-faceted approach one must take in cancer management.
She is a former faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, a cookbook author, and recipe developer. She has worked as a health communications advisor for numerous food brands both as a consultant and corporately. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the epicenter of the cannabis movement, Donna has access to key researchers, clinicians, and cannabis industry experts. She is a contributor to the exquisitely photographed The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. View Guest page

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Lillie Shockney

Our guest this week is Lillie D. Shockney. Lillie has been the administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center since 1997 and serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship programs in November 2011. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Lillie has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Lillie is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on the subject of cancer with a focus on cancer survivorship as well as metastatic breast cancer. She has written 14 books and more than 250 articles on cancer care. Lillie is also editor-in-chief of Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship. She is the founder and Director of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). She is the consultant for breast cancer for national ABC News and Good Morning America, and is also consulted regularly by the Today Show and CNN. View Guest page

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Jennifer Steen-Reavis

Jennifer Steen-Reavis, RN, BSN, is a vital member of the Compass Oncology Breast Specialist team in Portland, OR. Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, Jenner knows first-hand the difficult choices facing her patients and is dedicated to their emotional, physical and mental well-being. Her role as a breast cancer nurse navigator allows her to support patients at all stages of treatment, providing knowledge, inspiration and resources for their unique situation. Jennifer is a strong advocate for multidisciplinary care and encourages women to consult with all potential members of their treatment team prior to surgery.
In her spare time, Jennifer lives life to the fullest. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, music and reading.
Jennifer is also the recipient of the 2015 Breast Friends Compassion Award. View Guest page

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Sophia Treyger

With a background in couples and sex therapy and yoga, Sophia unites her passions to help women know and trust themselves so that they can experience genuine intimacy in all of their relationships. From this space, women can then live and lead from pleasure and joy. It is her mission for women to unbury their feminine power and to heal each other through community and honest communication that comes from love. She is creating a world-wide tribe of Radical Pleasurists who are putting forth their great creative bodies of work into the world from a place of love, joy, and pleasure. View Guest page

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Patricia Varga

Patricia's career in sales, marketing and content development includes working with some of the finest publishing companies: The Economist Group, Hearst, Hachette, Time, Inc., Conde Nast, Rodale, Times-Mirror and Mariah Media, publishers of Outside Magazine.
Her love for the creative process, years of education and experience led her to "scribble and doodle" her way to discovering a teaching method that allows people to "get out of their heads and into their hearts," where the healing process begins. Her work is now being taught in over 800 domestic violence shelters around the world, through A Window between Worlds ( and her signature Create to Heal (TM) program is being used in hospitals and cancer centers in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and East Coast.
Patricia is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard's Publishing Program, now being taught at Columbia School of Journalism. View Guest page

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Beverly Vote

In 2006, Beverly Vote created the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine. The magazine was the 2007 recipient of the Don Ranly Publishers Award for Best Issue in its category and a contender for Best Article for the article “Service, Strength, and Survival.”
Beverly was named 2007 Yoplait Champion, along with 24 other women and men from across the nation for their dedication in making a difference for breast cancer patients and survivors.
In 2012, she was awarded the Tigerlily Foundation's award for Transformational Leader, and in 2014, Sisters Network recognized her as a Pink Angel Honoree.
Beverly is the author of How We Became Breast Cancer Thrivers, and Faces of Inspiration, and a contributing writer for Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul, Dancing with Fear: Tips and Wisdom from Breast Cancer Survivors, and The Pink Prayer Book. Her therapeutic coloring book for breast cancer survivors will be released in 2017. View Guest page

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Ken Weizer, ND

Ken Weizer, N.D. is a naturopathic physician with Providence Integrative Medicine. His practice focuses on gentle lifestyle interventions, good food, enjoyable exercise and personal happiness.
Dr. Weizer was a guest presenter at the Breast Friends Survivor Luncheon in Portland, OR. His audience LOVED his energy, his humor and his straight-forward approach to better health. View Guest page

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