Breast Cancer

In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 2

On Thursday nights at 7 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. MST, SDPB TV brings you On Call With The Prairie Doc. The Prairie Doc is Dr. Rick Holm and he joins us ahead of tonight's show where the discussion revolves around breast cancer treatment updates.

News: Nov 9 - 15

Nov 15, 2019

State tourism officials say it’s been a challenging summer for the state’s number two industry.

Education majors at Augustana University have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge classroom tools through Makerspace workshops. 

A second tribe in South Dakota has adopted hate crime protections for LGBT people.

We ask USD’s Mike Allgrunn Ph.D., “What's the economic impact of giving?”

Breast cancer survivors who’ve undergone mastectomies have a new, crafty option in artificial breasts.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 30, 2019 Show 690 Hour 2

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Learning your family history is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Kayla York, a board-certified genetic counselor with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care, joins In The Moment.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

Regional Health

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. For the second year in a row Regional Health is seeking artist submissions for a mural to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. A 10-by-14-foot space in Art Alley in Rapid City has been selected for the mural.

Dustin Hirsch is the outreach liaison with Regional Health. He says public art is a good way to reach a wide audience.

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A new form of radiation therapy allows breast cancer patients to avoid weeks of trips back-and-forth to the hospital. That means some women who live far away from treatment centers don’t have to jeopardize their health if they can’t make it to radiation. A Sioux Falls hospital is one of eight in the country using what's called IORT. 

Eighteen months ago, Lu Rice was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Madison woman knew she needed surgery and radiation. She’s seen people go through treatment for five days a week.

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October brings a sea of pink to billboards, t-shirts, stores and even the NFL. Talking about every aspect of breast cancer during a designated awareness month is impossible. Patients and health providers say each person's journey is unique. A common thread does exist among these individual stories: a tenacious fight against allowing cancer any control.

The women featured here refuse to relinquish their dignity, their decisions, and their lives to a devastating disease - and each manifests this perseverance in a different way.

Elizabeth "Betty" Meyer served as a key leader during South Dakota's revolution in access to breast cancer screenings and breast health care. She is part of the 2016 class of inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Meyer joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about her career, how an introvert becomes a leader, and how an army of women changed the landscape of healthcare in South Dakota.

Sarah Kuhnert is a survivorship nurse with the mySurvivorMentor program at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. mySurvivorMentor is a new program that is currently available to breast cancer patients. It links survivors to walk the cancer journey with newly diagnosed patients. 

Dr. Reiland's focus in breast cancer and breast health allows her to research and recommend the most advanced and appropriate treatment methods for patients. She has a special interest in breast oncoplasty and Electron-based IntraOperative Radiation Therapy (IORT).

Tamoxifin has been credited with saving millions of women’s lives. But the story of how an abandoned contraceptive was turned into an effective treatment cancer is a fascinating tale of a failure transformed into a medical breakthrough.

Avera Health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.

Sanford Health

A national study published this summer suggests that three-dimensional mammograms are better at detecting invasive tumors and can avoid false alarms which lead women to get extra breast cancer scans that turn out normal.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Sarah Friedewald, M.D., of Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and co-authored by Thomas Cink, M.D., a breast radiologist for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.  It compared mammograms from over 450,000 women at 13 hospitals, including 30,000 at Sanford. Dr.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 28, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SDPB's Cara Hetland spoke with a local surgeon about treatments, prevention and what's new in the field of breast cancer research. Dr. Tricia Merrigan is a breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care in Sioux Falls. She is part of a team of physicians who treat women diagnosed with breast cancer. 


The way a woman chooses to treat breast cancer is sometimes different based on where she lives. That’s according to a study by researchers at the Mayo clinic, who released the latest findings this summer. Women who live far away from health care facilities take more drastic measures to eliminate cancer and they're less likely to complete follow-up treatments. Health organizations recognize the rural-urban divide in treatment and prevention.

Medgene Receives Grant For Breast Cancer Research

Oct 11, 2013

Medgene has received a grant for breast cancer research and improving treatment for survivors of breast cancer. Survivors are often at risk for infection because many suffer from lymphedema, a condition in which fluid is retained because of damage to the lymphatic system. Sioux Falls is hosting the National NIH SBIR conference and this is the first NIH SBIR Phase 1 grant received in the state in three years. Sue Lancaster, Operations Director for Innovation Partners and manager of Medgene Labs and Tranzderm Solutions, discussed the grant and the research that it's being used for.

New Study Hoping To Help Breast Cancer Patients

Aug 23, 2013

Keith Miskimins, PhD, Sanford/USD Medical Center/Sanford Research (Sioux Falls), is performing a study that uses metformin to reduce cardiac toxicity in breast cancer patients. The objective of the study is to determine if co-administration of the medications metformin and doxorubicin in breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant therapy will reduce the number of patients who develop a significant change in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). He'll also discuss a new grant he's received to further his study.

Events calendars in the state’s largest cities are often littered with different seminars or public gatherings. As the weather warms, almost every weekend is host to a walking or running fundraiser of some sort.

Physicians, personal trainers, and even middle school gym teachers say it. Running is a healthy way to exercise. Doctor Jodi Scott in Sioux Falls is a longtime runner, and she’s lacing up her shoes for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.

Avera Race Against Breast Cancer

May 3, 2013

Missy Keiper is organizing the 25th annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer which is scheduled for May 11 in Sioux Falls.  She was joined by Dr. Jodi Scott, a long time runner with a family history of breast cancer.  They discussed the race, exercise and risk factor modification for breast cancer.

Missouri River Swimmer

Oct 10, 2012

British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite completed a 1000-mile swim down the Missouri River last weekend.  His journey began on August 10th in Chamberlain.  Cornthwaite's swim was part of his effort to complete 25 thousand-mile journeys using non-motorized transport.  At the same time, he's raising money for charities that raise awareness of breat cancer and support rural schools in Africa, Asia and Latin America.