Posts Tagged ‘research’

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 …

What My Patients Are Asking: How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision on BRCA Genes Affect Me?

By on May 21st, 2013 Categories: News

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court heard a challenge by a group of scientists to Myriad Genetics’ patent of the BRCA1 and 2 genes. On May 14, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy because testing had shown her to be positive for the BRCA1 mutation, bringing further attention to the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision.

Everyone has BRCA1 …

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 …

Less Is More, or at Least Equal

By on September 2nd, 2011 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Diana’s personal blog on February 9, 2011. Breastcancer.org covered the study results she mentions here: Sentinel Node Dissection Poses No Breast Cancer Survival Hazard.]

In case you’re a day or two behind with ‘big news,’ yesterday really big news regarding standard breast cancer treatment was released indicating that there is no decrease in life expectancy in …

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater!

By on August 25th, 2010 Categories: Lower Your Risk

(This post was originally published on April 12, 2010.)

Last week a study was published in the Journal of The National Cancer Institute that was given wide-spread negative press. “Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Overall Cancer Risk in the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Even the opinion piece in the same journal ran the catchy title “Fruits, Vegetables, and Cancer

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