07 April 2020 Many of us are struggling to adjust to the changes we have had to make due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. For those newly diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for cancer, there is an added level of anxiety and uncertainty, especially as national medical societies have made recommendations to curtail […]

15 March 2020 Ductal carcinoma in-situ, also known as DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer, is traditionally treated with surgical excision (lumpectomy or mastectomy). Treatment may also include radiation therapy, as well as endocrine therapy (tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor) if the disease is estrogen receptor positive (ER+). For invasive cancer, we sometimes take a neoadjuvant approach, treating […]

18 February 2020 The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently published a guideline for the management of male breast cancer* (and I was proud to serve on the guideline consensus panel). Breast cancer in men accounts for approximately 1% of all breast cancer cases. Outcomes are known to be worse compared with those in women, […]

10 February 2020 Our publication “Proposing a Bill of Rights for Patients with Cancer” was just published! Many thanks to my co-authors, and to all of the patients who inspired this piece.

4 December 2020 The actress Shannen Doherty revealed today that she has Stage 4 breast cancer. From media reports, it appears that she was initially diagnosed and treated in 2015 and developed a recurrence within the past year. “Recurrence” simply means that the cancer has come back. Breast cancer can recur in the breast or […]

30 December 2019

25 December 2019 Two studies recently presented at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium focused on a subtype of breast cancer known as Her2/neu over-expressed, which include up to 20% of breast cancers. In these tumors, the gene that codes for the Her2 protein receptor has more than the usual number of copies. These tumors […]