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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 …

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 …

SABCS: A Recap of Triple-Negative Research

By on December 11th, 2012 Categories: Research News, Symptoms & Diagnosis, Treatment & Side Effects

The best news from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is its emphasis on triple-negative breast cancer. There are so many papers presented on the subject that I can’t keep up. Those of us who have been hanging around this dance for a long time—I was diagnosed in 2006—remember the frustration of seeing and hearing little about this disease from researchers and nothing from …

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