About Lisa Michels

Lisa Michels, APNP, nurse practitioner, works collaboratively with the Agnesian Cancer Care team helping patients effectively manage symptoms associated with their cancer treatments. She also works with Agnesian HealthCare surgeons and radiologists to identify individuals at increased risk for breast and other cancers. Her passion is in early detection and prevention of breast cancer, as well as monitoring the status of breast cancer survivors.
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Women and breast cancer

Do I feel a lump in my breast?

It is very important to do monthly self-breast exams because only you know those subtle changes that may have occurred and may mean something serious. If you feel a lump, make sure you inform your healthcare provider. It is important to remember that 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign, especially in women [...]

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What Google can’t tell you about breast cancer

What is the first thing that a lady may do when diagnosed with breast cancer – you got it, google “breast cancer.” This is the main thing that I always tell my patients not to do and why? Breast cancer comes in many different shapes and sizes. There are so many characteristics that factor into [...]

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Why does breast cancer get so much more attention compared to other cancers?

I feel that this occurs because one in eight women will get breast cancer; and let’s face it, who doesn’t know someone who has had breast cancer? I have heard an oncologist say that breast cancer has become an “epidemic.” It is unfortunate that we know so many women with this cancer, but it is [...]

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Do mammograms hurt?

Most women would say that a mammogram is uncomfortable as opposed to being painful. Remember that compression is needed in order to see all your breast tissue properly.  Although everyone‘s breast tissue is different and some may have more discomfort than others, here are some ideas to help decrease the discomfort. Try to schedule your [...]

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Ovarian cancer and the BRCA mutation

A BRCA mutation is hereditary, and is a risk factor for ovarian and other cancers. Unfortunately, less than 25 percent of ovarian cancer patients with BRCA mutations are identified yearly. Did you know? A patient diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age meets National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer Syndrome clinical [...]

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Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain spotted fever. West Nile virus. Flying fiends and crawling critters can spread such diseases with a bite. Few cases put kids’ lives at risk, say experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Still, some insects can threaten children’s health, and you’d be wise to take precautions. Many products seek to [...]

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This Saturday, June 28 is National Backyard Campout Day

When my son was young, my husband and I would pitch a tent on the deck or in the backyard to enjoy the “modified” camping life. I was never a camper, but the thought of the campfire, smores and the stars was always enough for me to get excited. Problem, I would usually end up [...]

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Make safety a priority when biking

As a parent, safety of your child or children is ever present on your mind. So, when you start thinking of healthy, yet safe, summer activities for your children, biking usually comes to mind. Biking can be fun for the whole family, if proper safety measures are taken into consideration. One of the most important [...]

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How often should I get a pelvic exam?

The American College of Gynecology (ACOG) changed the guidelines for frequency of PAP exams to eliminate unnecessary testing of younger and older women with no history of abnormal PAP smears and at low risk for developing cervical cancer. Age 30 on, ACOG says that screenings can be cut to every two to three years when [...]

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Women, time for you to take charge of your own health!

May 11 to 17 is National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services office on women’s health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. Women tend to take care of the husband, children or parents before themselves. National Women’s Health Week serves [...]

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