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Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

January 22, 2017

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October 17, 2019

That’s just what my daughter asked me last week as we were getting our influenza vaccination.  She already has a healthy fear of her future risk of breast cancer and we have even discussed prophylactic mastectomies.  Of course, it saddens me that she has to consider su...

February 21, 2019

Capecitabine (trade name Xeloda) is an oral chemotherapeutic agent used to treat breast cancer, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer.  It is actually a prodrug that is metabolized to fluorouracil, an antimetabolite that impedes the growth of cells.  The enzyme that co...

December 13, 2018

The day is approaching when cancer patients finally get what they've been asking for. If not a cure, the next best thing would be shared data among all cancer providers and researchers, making innovative therapies available to everyone regardless of location.  This yea...

September 13, 2018

A recent Nature Communications article summarizes how 6 kinases have been isolated that demonstrate both predictive value and potential targets for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer.  Although the study is small, the findings may provide profound insight i...

June 21, 2018

     Summer was coming to full swing and I found myself dreading another surgery.  Not only that, but I was getting use to my current bra-less state. My final reconstruction was over a half a year ago at this point and my nipple reconstruction a week away.  I honestly...

May 16, 2018

     The impact of obesity on survival is becoming very apparent as more studies are added that continue to validate previous findings.  Unfortunately, translation into clinical practice is delayed.  

     A summary by Meg Barbor from the Cancer...

February 7, 2018

There are so many options available for breast cancer treatment today, so many more than just 10 years ago.   Now, we often have the choice of adjuvant versus neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and dose-dense versus standard.  Choices can be tough and differences between therap...

January 30, 2018

There are many ongoing clinical trials for Stage IV TNBC.  In fact, the incremental improvements in quality of life and longevity that are seen each day make enrolling in a clinical trial more appealing.

Immunotherapy for metastatic TNBC

One of the most excitin...

November 29, 2017

For years, doctors have known of the toxic effects of chemotherapy as well as ovarian ablation with anti-estrogen therapy, and oophorectomy.  Yet, minimal action is taken by the vast majority of Oncologists.  Current breast cancer treatment guidelines recommend heart f...

November 5, 2017

      The OncoArray Consortium, which comprises 550 researchers from over 300 organization and 6 continents evaluated 275,000 women of which 146,000 already had breast cancer, is gathering both genetic and epidemiological data related to breast cancer risk....

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I've had a number of friends who have experienced breast cancer but none who are physicians.  When I got it, I told everybody how it felt (whether they asked or not).  It wasn't because I was bitter or even venting.  It was because I wanted the people closest to me to take this disease seriously.  I truly don't believe that we were taught enough about it in medical school, yet it takes 40,000 lives annually in the United States.  Please see the website of the National Cancer Institute for more statistics.  To me, these numbers are unacceptable.Women should be made aware of the limited utility of mammograms for dense breasts and, often, for TNBC.  

In addition, I believe that every woman should have the right to view her mammograms with comparisons to prior studies.  She should also have her risks formally evaluated with the option for better screening or, even, prophylactic mastectomies.

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