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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 …

Our Friends Answer: Mother-Daughter Relationships and Breast Cancer

By on May 8th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Mother’s Day is this weekend in the U.S. If you were diagnosed with breast cancer, you might be thinking about the role your mother or daughter played while you were going through diagnosis and treatment.

This week, we asked our Facebook friends, “Was there something your mother or daughter did or said that made a big impact during your experience?”

You answered:

“While breastfeeding my …

Vaginal Dryness 911: An Emergency Can Start the Conversation

By on May 6th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

“I’m really suffering here. How do I have that awkward conversation… you know… about dryness… with my doctor about getting help?”

I often hear this complaint from many of my brave patients who have sought help from numerous healthcare providers. Vaginal dryness in the midst of breast cancer treatment is a serious emergency, often made worse when no one is talking about it in the …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s—…

By on April 29th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

This whole breast cancer “thing” is turning into the crazy detour I never meant to take. Like most unexpected veerings, it’s had its moments — and, if I’m honest — both good and bad.

I was diagnosed in 2010 with stage I, ER+ breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation and I thought that would be the end of it. In the Bay Area, …

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 …

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