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Genetic Testing: An Emotional Decision

By on May 29th, 2013 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

Genetic testing for breast cancer evokes emotional issues from the moment a woman begins to consider testing or is told that a close family member is considering genetic testing. This is true whether or not the individual woman has herself been diagnosed with breast cancer. Concerns over the results of the testing, and where those results may lead, often cause anxiety and other stress reactions. …

SABCS: A Recap of Triple-Negative Research

By on December 11th, 2012 Categories: Symptoms & Diagnosis

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 …

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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