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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 …

Comedian Jesse Case Podcasts Through Metastatic Cancer

By on October 22nd, 2015 Categories: Community Knowledge

Jesse Case was living in Los Angeles, performing nightly standup shows, and co-hosting the comedy podcast Probably Science when his aunt was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. He and his family became frequent visitors to Breastcancer.org as she was going through treatment, sharing information and spending time in the stage IV Discussion Board forums.

At the same time, Jesse was going through his own health …

What My Patients Are Asking: Should People With Cancer Avoid Antioxidants?

By on October 22nd, 2015 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

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 …

“Hello, Beautiful People!” A Tribute to Pam Notaro

By on October 16th, 2015 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Pam Notaro had just taken over as office manager at Medical Broadcasting Company, a digital health agency in Philadelphia where I worked, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her energy was immediate and different. I didn’t get to know her well until after I’d completed treatment a year later. She was pure Italian vital force from South Philly — beautiful, salty, radiant, hilariously blunt …

What Does Metastatic Breast Cancer Mean to Your Sexuality?

By on October 9th, 2015 Categories: Sex Matters

As an educator, sexual medicine gynecologist, and counselor, I knew what I wanted to say, but words couldn’t translate into pen and paper. As I pondered the concept of breast cancer sexuality in the face of metastatic disease, it was apparent that this blog would be dedicated to women who were personally close to me — my grandmothers Rose, Tutu, and great aunt Oldie — …

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