29 September 2015 One of the most common questions asked by a newly diagnosed cancer patient is “Will I need chemotherapy?”. Almost everyone is aware of the toxicity related to chemotherapy, and the fact that it is a common component of cancer treatment. A recent study sheds some light on which patients can safely avoid chemotherapy. We have […]

24 September 2015 It is not uncommon that after a breast cancer diagnosis, a breast MRI is recommended. We know that there are limitations to mammography – it might not show everything of concern, especially in women with dense breast tissue. The idea behind preoperative MRI is that if there are other lesions, better to […]

14 September 2015 A study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that a Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) was associated with a lower rate of breast cancer. Dr. Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez and co-authors were studying the effects of dietary interventions in men and women at high risk of cardiovascular disease. While the study […]

08 September 2015 I asked Dr. Oliver Bogler, a male breast cancer patient and advocate, to provide his perspective as a male breast cancer patient and cancer researcher.  Guest post by Dr. Oliver Bogler The observation published in JAMA Surgery (doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.2657) that prophylactic contralateral mastectomies are on the rise in men with breast cancer made […]

24 August 2015 A study published in JAMA Oncology raises more questions regarding appropriate treatments for ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS). I wrote about surgery for DCIS about a month ago. The controversy continues. The JAMA Oncology study by Dr. Steven Narod and colleagues used the SEER Database to try to determine if treatment for DCIS improves the death rate. They […]

14 August 2015 It was hard not to get swept up in this one. Anyone who has frequented You Tube knows that certain posts go “viral”. Everyone gets caught up, there is a period of intense conversation and attention, and then it’s gone, replaced by the next trend. While I’ve been amused by some of these […]

31 July 2015 The majority of patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer are candidates to undergo what is known as breast conserving surgery, or lumpectomy. However, one challenge is obtaining a clear margin – a rim of normal tissue around the tumor. While we have gotten better at visualizing the extent of the tumor by […]