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Have You Been Told You’re a “Difficult” Patient?

By on March 9th, 2016 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I care for many patients diagnosed with breast cancer, and they’re often accompanied by family or friends. Some of my patients are so invested in their care that they bring me stacks of research studies about their treatment options, along with many questions. And some are more well-versed in their healthcare rights than I am. Maybe this describes you. Are you the kind of patient …

What My Patients Are Asking: What Do the TAILORx Trial Results Mean For Me?

By on October 30th, 2015 Categories: Research News

First results from the TAILORx trial (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment) were published on Sept. 28, 2105 by the New England Journal of Medicine.

This powerful study showed that women eligible for the Oncotype DX test and who have an Oncotype DX Recurrence Score between 0 and 10 can safely skip chemotherapy.

The Oncotype DX test is a genomic test that analyzes the …

What My Patients Are Asking: Should People With Cancer Avoid Antioxidants?

By on October 22nd, 2015 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Two studies came out in the beginning of October 2015 suggesting that a certain antioxidant might cause skin cancer cells to metastasize faster than they normally would.

Many of you probably saw the absolutely terrifying headlines screaming that antioxidants made cancer cells spread faster. As usual, there is a grain of truth behind the headlines, but the real story isn’t quite as frightening and doesn’t …

What My Patients Are Asking: What Is Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma In Situ?

By on May 13th, 2015 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

On April 14, 2015, actress Rita Wilson announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstruction. In addition to invasive cancer, one of her diagnoses was pleomorphic lobular carcinoma in situ (PLCIS).

PLCIS isn’t well-known, and many of my patients wondered what it is and how it’s treated.

PLCIS is a type of lobular carcinoma in situ …

What My Patients Are Asking: Should I Avoid Fish Oil While I’m Getting Chemotherapy?

By on April 27th, 2015 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

Several news stories, including one in Time magazine, are saying that people diagnosed with cancer should avoid fish oil supplements, as well as eating mackerel and herring, while being treated with chemotherapy.

The study these news stories are based on, “Increased Plasma Levels of Chemoresistance-Inducing Fatty Acid 16:4(n-3) After Consumption of Fish and Fish Oil,” was published online on April 2, 2015 by the …

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