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Embracing the Transformation: Living with Cancer at 36

By on August 8th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

My name is Rabia Gibbs. A few weeks before my 36th birthday I was diagnosed with stage IIb/IIIa, triple-negative breast cancer. In order, my treatment plan entails neoadjuvant chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and then reconstructive surgery. I recently finished chemo (4 sessions of Adriamycin/Cytoxan and 4 sessions of Taxol). In less than a week, I will be undergoing surgery: a modified radical mastectomy on the …

The Farm at St. Joe’s Hospital: Healthcare Is Happening Here!

By on July 24th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Kale in a hospital? Yes!

Vegetable gardening from a wheelchair, at a hospital? Yes!

Once in a while, something comes along that I just HAVE to share with everyone I know, every way I can.

Such is the case with this short documentary that gives the history and the purpose of The Farm at St. Joe’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yes, I am interviewed for …

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 …

Shaping Exercise Into Something That’s Anything but Routine

By on June 12th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Movement is medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states. – Carol Welch

First, a confession: I’m an exercise addict. “Just do it?” Well, I’ve done it AND loved it: running, tennis, biking, skiing, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and boot camp workouts. I cherish the memory of feeling fit and running 6 miles on a beautiful sunny morning the day before my …

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