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Our Friends Answer: What Do You Think of the New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines?

By on November 12th, 2015 Categories: Research News

The American Cancer Society (ACS) made news on October 20 when they released updated breast cancer screening guidelines. The new guidelines recommend that women at average risk start regular annual screening with mammography at age 45 and move to screening every 2 years at age 55. The guidelines also say that women ages 40 to 44 should have the option to begin screening early, …

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: Our Medical Experts, Research News

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: 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 …

How Breast Cancer Drugs Are Developed: The Bazedoxifene Story

By on August 13th, 2013 Categories: Research News, Treatment & Side Effects

Many of you may have read a news story about bazedoxifene (BZA), a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis that has been shown to stop the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells, even in cancers that had become resistant to tamoxifen or the aromatase inhibitors.

Women in this situation are wondering if they can try BZA – either prescribed by …

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