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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2014

By on October 13th, 2014 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis, The Breast Cancer Journey

Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, established in 2009 when nine members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network lobbied Congress to designate October 13 as a day of recognition for people whose breast cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body — stage IV disease. These women and men will undergo various forms of treatment, and regular scans and …

Strive to Thrive: Do Good, Feel Good – How Volunteering Can Give You the Gift of Well-Being

By on December 23rd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Scrooge. Just uttering the name conjures up images of a callous, bitter, and miserly “bah-humbug” of a man. Scrooge’s story is inextricably linked to the holiday season and can be seen on TV, stage, and in store windows every December.

The story of Scrooge’s transformation in Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” from a nasty curmudgeon to a smiling and generous gentleman remains compelling to readers over …

Doctors Weigh In: Do Mammograms Really Save Lives?

By on November 5th, 2013 Categories: Lower Your Risk, Our Medical Experts

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on October 30, 2013, on Philly.com. It is borrowed with permission.]

After asking the question, “Are Mammograms really saving lives?” two weeks ago, I got some very good follow up. It seems like there were two major ideas:

  1. The science behind mammograms can be questioned, but there are also very strong reasons to get one.

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: 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 …

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