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

By on May 13th, 2015 Categories: Our Medical Experts, 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: Our Medical Experts, Research News, 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 …

What My Patients Are Asking: Follow-up on the Supreme Court’s Ruling That Human Genes Can’t Be Patented

By on July 10th, 2013 Categories: News

The Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that human genes cannot be patented. The Court ruled unanimously in this case that Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA1 and 2 genes were invalid. The decision is a victory for patients and for industry.

This is good news for patients because access to genetic testing will improve. I spoke with George Prendergast, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Cancer Research and …

What My Patients Are Asking: Should I Take Tamoxifen for 10 Years Instead of 5?

By on June 26th, 2013 Categories: Research News

Two big studies that came out in the last 6 months – the ATLAS trial and the aTTOM trial – have found that taking tamoxifen for 10 years instead of 5 years offers more benefits, including:

  • reducing the amount of recurrence
  • reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer
  • improving overall survival

Before these studies came out, most premenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast …

What My Patients Are Asking: How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision on BRCA Genes Affect Me?

By on May 21st, 2013 Categories: News

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court heard a challenge by a group of scientists to Myriad Genetics’ patent of the BRCA1 and 2 genes. On May 14, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy because testing had shown her to be positive for the BRCA1 mutation, bringing further attention to the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision.

Everyone has BRCA1 …

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