Do Social Connections Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes?

13 December 2016 A study published in the journal Cancer concluded that women with larger social networks have better breast cancer (BC) outcomes. In noting that large social networks predict lower overall mortality in healthy populations, the researchers analyzed a group of women who were already participating in four cohort studies. They evaluated associations between social networks within 2 years…

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Accelerated Aging Due to Cancer Treatment

28 November 2016 Cancer treatment takes a physical and mental toll. As patients progress from active treatment into the survivorship phase, many become frustrated that they cannot “bounce back” as quickly as they would like. Getting back to “normal” may not be realistic – many of us are doing way too much even on a good day, and ignore the…

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A Crucial Catch to Address Breast Cancer Disparities

25 October 2016 For the past several years, the NFL has gone pink in October. At first glance, it appears that the “Crucial Catch” campaign is simply another pinkwashing project. The campaign message: screening saves lives. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Proceeds from the auction of pink apparel, commemorative coins and other items are donated to the American Cancer Society’s CHANGE program –…

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Metastatic Breast Cancer

13 October 2016 The 13th of October is designated for metastatic breast cancer awareness. Metastatic, or Stage IV breast cancer, is when the cancer has spread outside of the breast or underarm lymph nodes. The most common sites of spread are the bones, liver, lung and brain.  Later stage of disease at the time of diagnosis is a risk factor, as…

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Pinktober

2 October 2016 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), which means pink is everywhere. Stores start setting out pink merchandise towards the end of September, and the displays often rival Christmas merchandising. How did this happen? The original pink ribbon was actually peach. A woman by the name of Charlotte Haley made them in her home, and handed them out with cards…

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Surveillance in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer

25 August 2016 Patients with metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer often undergo frequent blood tests and scans to monitor for disease progression. But is there such a thing as too much testing? A study recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology evaluated the use of blood tests (tumor markers) and body imaging scans (such as PET,…

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Do I Need Chemotherapy?

25 August 2016 A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on the 5 year results of the MINDACT (Microarray In Node-negative and 1 to 3 positive lymph node Disease may Avoid ChemoTherapy) trial. This study was designed to evaluate the use of a tumor gene signature test (MammaPrint) compared with standard factors to assess the…

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Breast Cancer Screening – Risk Assessment and Breast Density

23 August 2016 A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluated screening mammography taking into account breast density and breast cancer risk. For women age 50-74, the conclusion of the authors was that for women of average risk with low breast density (fatty or scattered fibroglandular), triennial (every 3 year) mammography screening averted the same number of breast cancer…

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SSO – ASTRO – ASCO DCIS Margin Guidelines

15 August 2016 A consensus statement was released today by the Society of Surgical Oncology,the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. It addresses the issue of surgical margins for patients undergoing breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy) for ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS).The press release provides a summary of the important findings. We know from many years of…

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Did a 3D Mammogram Save Her Life?

An Oklahoma mayor underwent a 3D mammogram (tomosynthesis) as part of a hospital promotion. She was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS, also known as Stage 0 breast cancer) and she stated that the study “…saved my life.” She also recommended that women make sure to obtain a 3D mammogram. The story noted that tomosynthesis “virtually eliminates” the need for…

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