Cancer Risk Factors and Financial Impact of Cancer Treatment

24 October 2017 A national survey performed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that many Americans are unaware of key cancer risk factors, including obesity, alcohol, lack of exercise, tobacco use and sun exposure. While doing “everything right” certainly is no guarantee of a healthy life (for example, many patients who develop lung cancer do not smoke) being…

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Extended Endocrine Therapy – Not So Fast?

26 December 2016 Approximately 75% of breast cancers express the estrogen receptor – we term these breast cancers ER positive (ER+) or hormone-sensitive. Endocrine therapy refers to using medications to exploit this cancer cell property. Tamoxifen is used in premenopausal women and it blocks the estrogen receptor. In post-menopausal women, aromatase inhibitors (AI) are used which prevent estrogen from being produced…

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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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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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Importance of Treatment Follow Up

23 June 2016 Many patients realize that follow up appointments with their treating doctors is a routine part of cancer care. However, I am occasionally asked by patients why they need to continue seeing me or their oncologist after treatment has ended. A recently published study demonstrates that many patients do not understand why follow up care is important. Dr. Annette…

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What Do Patients Prefer?

21 June 2016 Originally posted on the BCSM.org website In October, we solicited input a research survey designed to identify how patients prefer to be notified of a new cancer diagnosis and cancer-related test results. The results were presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in April. The full manuscript – What Do Patients Prefer? Understanding…

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Lifestyle Behaviors Among US Cancer Survivors

28 January 2016 Due to improvements in diagnosis and treatment, patients who have undergone cancer therapy are living longer than ever. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are approximately 15.5 million people living in the United States who have been treated for cancer, and that number is likely to increase. Cancer survivors not only cope with the normal effects of…

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ACS / ASCO Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines

7 December 2015 The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have just released updated guidelines for breast cancer survivors. The purpose “is to provide recommendations to assist primary care and other clinicians in the care of female adult survivors of breast cancer”. Patients and physicians are well aware that health concerns do not end when cancer treatment…

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