Women’s Health

New Center to Provide the Best Care

November 19, 2019

New Center to Provide the Best Care

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“This new center is unique in that we have made it multi-disciplinary,“ explains Dr. Victor Nitti, urologist and co-director of the Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at UCLA. “We have expert female pelvic medical specialists, or urogynecologists, who come from both urology and gynecology. We have assembled what I believe is an outstanding group of […]

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Tags: Dr. Victor Nitti, female pelvic medical, gynecology, pelvic floor disorders, urogynecologists


November 19, 2019

One Center, Close to Home

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“In Los Angeles, with traffic, 20 miles can be an hour and a half of driving, so we want to facilitate patients to have UCLA quality care close to home,” explains Dr. Erin Mellano, a urogynecologist at UCLA Health Torrance. “I see patients for gynecologic and female public medicine issues, like bladder issues, prolapse, female […]

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Tags: bladder issues, Dr. Erin Mellano, female pelvic medicine, gynecology, prolapse, UCLA Health Torrance, urogynecologist, urology


'There Are Answers'

November 19, 2019

‘There Are Answers’

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“Somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter of our surgical patients are patients who have come from throughout the country to UCLA Health to see us,” explains Dr. Chad Baxter, assistant clinical professor of urology and expert at the Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at UCLA. “A large portion of women suffer from urinary tract […]

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Tags: Dr. Chad Baxter, Pelvic Medicine, prolapse, urinary tract infections


November 19, 2019

Integrated Gynecology & Urology at UCLA

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“I would really like for people to know that a lot of pelvic floor conditions are treatable and that this is the place where they can receive that care,” urges Dr. Christopher Tarnay, co-director of the Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at UCLA. “There’s been a tremendous transition at UCLA to move toward an integrated […]

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Tarnay, obstetrician-gynecologist, pelvic floor conditions, urogynecology


Raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness

October 30, 2019

Raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness

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“I founded the Ovarian Cancer Circle to honor the memory of my daughter, Robin Babbini, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 17,” recounts Paulinda Schimmel Babbini, who was honored by City Hall for the work she and the Ovarian Cancer Circle do, partnered with UCLA Health, to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. “She suffered […]

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Tags: cancer research, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, featured, Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Circle/Inspired by Robin Babbini


Took My Care to Another Level

October 24, 2019

Took My Care to Another Level

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“I went in for my annual mammogram, and they saw a calcification,” recalls Marjan Shokri, who was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She chose the UCLA Breast Center, Santa Monica for treatment. “I had two biopsies because the MRI showed one more calcium deposit closer to my nipple. The options were to keep going into […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer screening, breast health, cancer, cancer screening, Dr. Amy Kusske, featured, lumpectomy, mastectomy, UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica


Still Holding My Hand

October 23, 2019

Still Holding My Hand

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“I was the first one in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer,” recalls Charisse Enrique, who had calcifications when she went in for her first mammogram at 40. “So every six months I would go in for a mammogram, and a year a half later, I got an ultrasound. That was it. I […]

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Tags: bilateral mastectomy, breast cancer, breast health, Dr. Amy Kusske, featured, mammogram, UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica


October 21, 2019

Experiencing the Best

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“Women get to come together, be pampered, and feel beautiful at a time when their bodies and their own identities feel in transition,” acknowledges Joyce Chang, who spoke during the Breast Cancer Spa Day. “I shared what it’s like to be Dr. Helena Chang’s daughter, which is sharing your mom with all of her patients. […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Breast Cancer Spa Day, breast health, breast surgeon, featured, Helena Chang MD, lump in the breast, UCLA Breast Center


Finally Able to Relax and Look Forward

October 21, 2019

Finally Able to Relax and Look Forward

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“In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed because everyone said, ‘You should go here’ or, ‘You should go there,’ but I really appreciate that I was told to go to UCLA Health,” confesses 44-year-old Hannah Yoon. Yoon was diagnosed triple positive for breast cancer in August 2016. “I had a double mastectomy and finished my treatments […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast health, cancer, featured, mastectomy, ucla health breast center


A routine screening detected breast cancer early

October 7, 2019

A routine screening detected breast cancer early

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Lori Jordan, a marketing executive for a Silicon Valley startup, was in her mid-30s when she noticed a lump in one of her breasts for the first time. Although she had recently completed an annual physical and breast exam with her long-time primary care physician, Dr. Anna Chirra, at UCLA’s Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer screening, cyst, Dr. Amy Kusske, Dr. Annapoorna Chirra, Dr. Parvin Peddi, Dr. Susan McCloskey, patient story, UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica