23 October 2020 A History of #BCSM and Insights for Patient-Centered Online Interaction has just been published! The Twitter hashtag #BCSM (breast cancer social media) was first used in July 2011, by patient advocates Alicia Staley and Jody Schoger, when they started a weekly breast cancer-focused chat. The hashtag is currently used not only for […]

17 August 2020 Last year, we asked the online breast cancer community to participate in a survey to assess experiences with endocrine therapy (ET). We are proud to announce that the study has now been published, in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship*. First of all, I would like to thank all of the participants – we surpassed our […]

16 August 2020 As part of the pathologist’s evaluation of a breast cancer, the presence or absence of the estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) and level of Her2/neu gene expression is determined. These are important factors used to help guide treatment recommendations for endocrine therapy, chemotherapy, and Her2-targeted therapy.  If metastatic breast cancer develops (when […]

23 June 2020 The American Cancer Society estimates that as of January 2019 there were 16.9 million individuals in the United States living with a history of cancer, and 1.76 million newly diagnosed with cancer. Traditionally, patients return to their oncology team, primarily their medical oncologist, for follow up care after they complete active treatment. […]

7 June 2020 An abstract presented at last week’s virtual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology focused on whether or not there is a benefit to surgery for the primary breast tumor in patients with metastatic, or Stage IV, breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer (Met-BC) is when the breast cancer spreads beyond the breast and underarm […]

22 May 2020 Going Flat after mastectomy refers to not undergoing breast mound reconstruction after breast removal. Some patients are not candidates for reconstruction or it is not recommended, however many women may choose to “go flat” even when breast mound reconstruction is an option. This past October, we posted a research survey aimed at better […]

26 April 2020 A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine addresses the use of screening mammography in older women*. The goal of screening mammography (performed on a woman with no suspicious abnormality) is to reduce the likelihood of death from breast cancer. However, there are no randomized studies demonstrating this benefit in older women […]