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Welcoming a New Era

By on January 18th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I am writing this after the world ended. Pretty cool, huh?

The market research company Ipsos Global Public Affairs concluded in May that 12 percent of Americans zealously believed that the end of the Mayan calendar — which spans about 5,125 years — would mark a major shift for humanity… bluntly speaking: the end of the world. It happened on December 21, 2012. That’s also …

A Hair Loss Checklist: The Steps You Need to Take Before You Undergo Treatment

By on December 21st, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

As women we tend to think about how others react to a diagnosis, sometimes putting aside our own emotions because we want to soothe others. We want to make sure they are all o.k.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, when you finally sit down and absorb everything, you know you need a plan. After all the medical decisions are made, and if chemotherapy …

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 …

Joy Is the Choice

By on December 5th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with my mom and dad when I was just 4 years old. We escaped the Communist regime and made a home on Miami Beach. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful and hectic (by choice) life. I’ve worked hard but my jobs have always been fun and entertaining. On the personal side, I danced my way from …

What My Patients Are Asking: Can Getting a Biopsy Spread the Cancer?

By on November 20th, 2012 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

First of all, there is no way of getting around a biopsy. There are side effects with any procedure but in order to properly treat a patient, a good biopsy specimen is absolutely critical. The benefit of being able to select the proper surgery and subsequent treatment clearly outweighs the risk.

That said, many women come to me concerned that their biopsy might have spread …

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