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Our podcasts feature experts discussing a wide variety of breast cancer issues and the latest research on breast cancer. Check out all of Breastcancer.org's Podcasts here.


In the premiere podcast, we're excited to bring you a summary of the research highlights from first day of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2013! Breastcancer.org medical adviser Brian Wojciechowski, M.D. and senior editor Jamie DePolo explain the latest news. Listen to the December 11, 2013 podcast.

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    Listen to the December 12, 2013 updates from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium! In this edition, we fill you in on the latest research about Arimidex (chemical name: anastrazole) for reducing the risk of a primary breast cancer, sticking to your aromatase inhibitor regimen, strength training and aerobics for the relief of aromatase inhibitor-induced joint pain relief, and survival improvements with bisphosphonates after early breast cancer. Breastcancer.org medical advisor Brian Wojciechowski, M.D. and senior editor Jamie DePolo explain the latest news.


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    In the December 13, 2013 edition of our podcast coverage from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, we bring you the latest information from these areas of breast cancer research:

    • post-treatment psychosocial and physical issues
    • updates on chemotherapy in high-risk women, early and metastatic breast cancers, triple-negative breast cancers, and in women with high numbers of circulating tumor cells
    • a new design for clinical trials that may allow drugs to become available sooner
    • breast cancer incidence in women using hormonal treatments for infertility
    • a presentation on what women know about risk reduction versus how they put this knowledge into practice, from Breastcancer.org founder and president Marisa Weiss, M.D.


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    Sexuality and Breast Cancer: Get Your Mojo Back, February 12, 2014

    Because Valentine’s Day is in February, many people start thinking
    about romance, love, and sex -- and their satisfaction with what they
    have. The February 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Lynn Wang,
    M.D., female sexual medicine specialist for the Main Line Health System
    and member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She is a
    board-certified gynecologist and American Association of Sexuality
    Educators, Counselors and Therapists-certified counselor and educator.
    Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wang discuss:

    • different models of female sexual response
    • the biological, psychological, social, and relationship reasons why libido may be reduced
    • how a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect libido and sexual satisfaction
    • who to talk to if you’re having sexual problems

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    February 2014 Research Highlights, March 3, 2014

    In the March 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast, Dr. Brian
    Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses some of the
    most talked about research studies that were published in February 2014. Listen
    to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • the Canadian mammogram study and why it’s flawed
    • why the FDA is warning women not to use ductal
      lavage in place of mammograms
    • the importance of starting chemotherapy within
      30 days of surgery
    • how yoga can ease fatigue and reduce
      inflammation in women diagnosed with breast cancer
    • how acupuncture can ease aromatase inhibitor
      side effects

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    How Pets Help Us Heal, March 27, 2014

    This March 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Michele Pich, a
    psychologist and veterinary grief counselor at the University of
    Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Michele also has extensive
    experience in leading support groups for people diagnosed with cancer.
    Michele brought along Vivian, her certified therapy dog who has been
    named Therapy Dog Ambassador for two years in a row at the National Dog
    Show. Listen to the podcast to hear Michele discuss:

    • the physical and psychological reasons pets are so comforting
    • how the therapy animal world has expanded beyond dogs
    • Michele and Vivian's experiences helping women diagnosed with breast cancer
    • how you can arrange for a visit from a certified therapy animal

    Running time: 28:51

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    March 2014 Research Highlights, April 10, 2014

    In the first April 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian
    Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org's medical adviser, talks about
    some of the most interesting research studies that were published in
    March 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski discuss:

    • the importance of exercise to reduce breast cancer risk
    • the new guidelines for the size of cancer tumor margins
    • available options for women who are having trouble paying for treatment
    • resources for older cancer survivors who might be having sexuality issues
    • how radiation after mastectomy benefits women with one to three positive lymph nodes
    • results from a phase II trial on the experimental medicine palbociclib

    Running time: 31:20

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    Writing and Healing After a Cancer Diagnosis, April 24, 2014

    The second April 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Pamela
    Post-Ferrante, a four-time breast cancer survivor, writer, teacher, and
    workshop leader. She wrote her book, Writing and Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors, to help others use writing and mindfulness to heal themselves. Listen to the podcast to hear Pamela discuss:

    • how writing helped her heal
    • how the exercises in her book have helped others
    • why therapeutic writing is so powerful

    Running time: 33:41

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    April 2014 Research Highlights, May 29, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.,
    Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses some of the most
    talked-about studies that came out in April 2014. Listen to the podcast
    to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • the new American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines
      on sentinel lymph node biopsy for people diagnosed with early stage
      disease
    • more guidelines from ASCO on issues faced by survivors, including chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, fatigue, and depression
    • how healthy eating improves survival
    • why an individualized approach to mammography screening is needed

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    Sexuality and Breast Cancer: From Diagnosis to Survivorship, June 5, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Dr. Michael Krychman discusses
    female sexual health and how a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can
    affect sexual function and quality of life. Dr. Krychman is executive
    director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and
    Survivorship Medicine, as well as a clinical sexologist. Dr. Krychman
    also is writing a new blog for Breastcancer.org called "Sex Matters."
    Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Krychman talk about:

    • some of the biggest sexual issues and side effects during and after breast cancer treatment
    • the best way to discuss sexual issues with your doctor, especially if you're not comfortable with the topic
    • the importance of having an individualized survivorship care plan that includes a sexual health component

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    May and June 2014 Research Highlights, June 13, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.,
    Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that
    was published in May 2014 or presented at the American Society of
    Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in June 2014. Listen to the podcast to
    hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • why using Aromasin on top of ovarian suppression medicine is better
      at reducing risk in premenopausal women than tamoxifen on top of ovarian
      suppression medicine
    • why some research studies on any links between vitamin D and breast cancer outcomes seem to have mixed results
    • the American Society of Clinical Oncology special series of articles on pain in people diagnosed with cancer
    • why childhood cancer survivors have a higher risk of breast cancer, even if they didn’t have radiation to the chest area

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    July 2014 Research Highlights, July 17, 2014

    In this podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical
    adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in July 2014.
    Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski talk about:

    • why treating inflammatory breast cancer with three treatments --
      chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation -- improves survival compared to
      using only one or two of these treatments
    • the reasons why having more moles is linked to a higher risk of
      breast cancer, though moles themselves DO NOT cause breast cancer
    • research showing that women with an abnormal BRCA1 gene -- but not
      an abnormal BRCA2 gene -- diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely
      to survive if they have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed
    • a study that found combining 3-D mammograms (digital tomosynthesis)
      and digital mammograms find more breast cancers with fewer false
      positives
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    How Breast Cancer Drugs Are Developed, July 18, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Suzanne Wardell, Ph.D., talks about
    how breast cancer drugs are developed and why some drugs never make it
    to market. Dr. Wardell is a research scientist at Duke University in
    North Carolina. Her research interests lie in understanding the
    processes by which breast cancers develop resistance to tamoxifen and
    aromatase inhibitors and in developing drugs that will target estrogen
    receptor activity in these resistant tumors. Listen to the podcast to
    hear Dr. Wardell talk about:

    • bazedoxifene (BZA), a SERM approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis
      that has been shown to stop the growth of hormone-receptor-positive
      breast cancer cells
    • the importance of clinical trials
    • new research she's conducting suggesting that women diagnosed with
      breast cancer who do some form of moderate exercise three times a week
      while in treatment have better outcomes than women who don’t exercise;
      this applies to women who didn't exercise before being diagnosed, as
      well as women who did

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    Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer, August 7, 2014

    This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on metastatic disease and
    features Roz Kleban, a licensed clinical social worker who is a clinical
    supervisor and program coordinator at the Breast Imaging Center at
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Roz has worked at Memorial Sloan
    Kettering since 1989 and works with patients being treated for all
    stages of breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Roz talk about:

    • why metastatic disease doesn't mean the loss of hope
    • how people with metastatic disease who feel isolated can build a community of people who understand what they're going through
    • how the needs of a woman with metastatic disease are different from the needs of a woman with early-stage disease

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    August and September 2014 Research Highlights, September 4, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.,
    Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that
    was published in August and September 2014. Listen to the podcast to
    hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • results of a study that found an abnormal PALB2 gene increases breast cancer risk more than previously thought
    • why bisphosphonates don’t reduce risk in women who’ve never been diagnosed with breast cancer
    • the risk-reducing benefits of exercise for postmenopausal women
    • the risks and benefits of double mastectomy versus lumpectomy plus
      radiation for women at average risk diagnosed with breast cancer in just
      one breast

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    Choosing to Live Breast Free, September 11, 2014

    This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on not having reconstruction
    after mastectomy and features Barbara Kriss, the founder of
    BreastFree.org, a nonprofit website that presents non-reconstruction as a
    positive alternative to reconstruction. Listen to the podcast to hear
    Barbara talk about:

    • how she made her decision to not have reconstruction
    • how to handle any pressure to have reconstruction from doctors or loved ones
    • how to ask your doctor for the best possible cosmetic results after mastectomy if you're not going to have reconstruction
    • clothing tips for women who opt for no reconstruction and decide not to wear breast forms

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    Integrating Complementary Therapies Into Your Care, September 22, 2014

    Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M., is a general
    surgeon and also medical director of the Breast Health Program at the
    Holy Redeemer Health System, as well as an adjunct assistant professor
    of surgery for the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. DuPree strongly urges
    her patients to consider complementary healing support, whether it's
    through lifestyle modification, spiritual assistance, grief counseling,
    exercise programs, reflexology, nutritional counseling, Reiki, yoga, or
    massage. She herself has participated in all these techniques and is a
    master level Reiki practitioner. She believes that "whatever it takes to
    help a person find healing and peace is the way to curing them."

    Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. DuPree talk about:

    • how she became interested in complementary therapies and how she integrates them into her practice
    • the healing benefits of some complementary therapies
    • how it feels to see her patients heal their minds and psyches as well as their bodies

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    Breast Reconstruction Techniques and Revisions, October 1, 2014

    This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on breast reconstruction and
    features Frank DellaCroce, M.D., F.A.C.S., cofounder of the Center for
    Restorative Breast Surgery and the St. Charles Surgical Hospital. Dr.
    DellaCroce is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and
    his pioneering work in microsurgery has made the Center for Restorative
    Breast Surgery an international leader in the art and science of breast
    reconstruction. He has performed thousands of breast reconstructions on
    women from around the world. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr.
    DellaCroce discuss:

    • the advances in reconstruction that have happened in the past decade
    • what microsurgery is and why it’s so specialized
    • the most popular breast reconstruction options
    • how he assesses a breast reconstruction that a woman is unhappy with

    Running time: 34:52

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    Hope After a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Diagnosis, October 23, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Pat Prijatel talks about
    triple-negative breast cancer and what makes it different from other
    types of breast cancer. Pat Prijatel writes the blog Positives About Negative and is the author of Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
    She has been a magazine writer, editor, consultant, and professor for
    more than 35 years. She headed Drake University's magazine sequence for
    22 years before taking over as director of the School of Journalism and
    Mass Communication in 2004. In May 2006, Pat was diagnosed with
    early-stage triple-negative breast cancer. She retired from Drake in
    2007 to focus on health writing and her health. She had surgery,
    chemotherapy, and radiation, and is now healthy, fit, and cancer-free.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Pat talk about:

    • what the idea of triple-negative disease meant to her when she was diagnosed
    • when and why she started her blog
    • what researchers have learned recently about triple-negative disease
    • advice she would give to a woman newly diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer

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    October 2014 Research Highlights, November 3, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.,
    Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that
    was published in October 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr.
    Wojciechowski explain:

    • results of a study that found the targeted therapy Herceptin offers
      long-lasting benefits for women diagnosed with early-stage HER2-positive
      disease
    • a study that found occult cancers in more than 2% of women who were
      having their ovaries removed preventively because of genetics or family
      history
    • why Hispanic women still need to take steps to reduce their risk of
      breast cancer, even if they have a genetic variant that may lower their
      risk
    • why more research is needed before a new genomic test can be used to make treatment decisions

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    Male Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Awareness, November 24, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Harvey Singer talks about his diagnosis of breast cancer and awareness of male breast cancer in general, especially during October. With his sister Vicki Singer Wolf, a three-time breast cancer survivor, Harvey is the founder of the HISBreastCancer Awareness, Inc. Foundation and HISBreastCancer.org. He also wrote the book Sir, You Have Breast Cancer! My Life and the Story of a Man with a Woman's Disease.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Harvey talk about:

    • the shock of his diagnosis
    • how he made his treatment decisions
    • how perceptions of male breast cancer have changed
    • risk reduction advice he recommends for men at high risk

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    November 2014 Research Highlights, December 5, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in November 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • results of a study that found calcium channel blockers, a common type of high blood pressure medicine, don't increase breast cancer risk
    • new guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology on complementary therapies for breast cancer
    • why more U.S. women are choosing mastectomy over lumpectomy to remove early-stage breast cancer
    • how the experimental targeted therapy olaparib works and why it may work against advanced-stage cancers in people with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene

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    2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Research Highlights, December 12, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • results of a study that found that Aromasin plus ovarian suppression reduced recurrence risk better than tamoxifen plus ovarian suppression in some women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive disease
    • research that underscored the long-term benefits of tamoxifen for reducing risk in women with a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer who've never been diagnosed
    • a study showing that Faslodex worked better than Arimidex as a first treatment for women newly diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer
    • research conducted in part by Breastcancer.org that shows that breastfeeding, even for a short time, reduces breast cancer risk more than previously thought
    • why a low-fat diet improved survival in women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer

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    Healthy Eating During the Holidays, December 15, 2014

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Diana Dyer, R.D. talks about how to eat healthy before, during and after the holidays. Diana is a registered dietitian and multiple-time cancer survivor. She the author of the book A Dietitian's Cancer Story and writes the blog DianaDyer.com, where she shares her thoughts about life as a cancer survivor, food and nutrition, growing food, recipes, and our environment. Diana also is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Diana talk about:

    • strategies for coping with the snack table at holiday parties
    • how to be festive and alcohol-free
    • tips for eating if you're undergoing chemo during the holidays
    • ideas for making traditional family dishes healthier

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    Unfortunately, there was a technical problem with January's podcast, so it was removed from the site. However, you can read the full
    January Research News articles here:
    http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/by-date/....

    Stay tuned for more in-depth podcasts in February!
    Thanks,
    The Breastcancer.org Team
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    How Breast Cancer Treatment Affects Your Ability to Exercise, February 6, 2015

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Kathy Miller, M.D., talks about how breast cancer treatments can affect your stamina and your ability to exercise, as well as how to exercise during treatment. Dr. Miller is a professor of medicine at Indiana University and is the author of more than 60 scientific papers, many of which focus on breast cancer biology and treatment. Dr. Miller also is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Miller talk about:

    • how to figure out what a safe level of exercise is while you're getting chemotherapy or radiation or recovering from surgery
    • tips on how to start exercising if you've never exercised before
    • how treatment can change a you stamina
    • the benefits of exercise, including helping women recover from treatment
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    February 2015 Research Highlights, February 19, 2015

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org's medical adviser, discusses Ibrance, a medicine that was approved to treat metastatic, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in February 2015. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • how Ibrance works
    • who is eligible to take Ibrance
    • how Ibrance is taken and whether any other medicines are taken with it
    • the side effects that Ibrance can cause

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    March 2015 Research Highlights, March 26, 2015

    In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org's medical adviser, discusses a study looking at whether Zoladex (chemical name: goserelin) given during chemotherapy can help preserve fertility in premenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

    • when Zoladex is given
    • why women shouldn't get pregnant while they're being treated with chemotherapy and Zoladex
    • why a woman might have to bring this treatment up with her doctor
    • why this treatment is only recommended for women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-negative disease

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    Holley Kitchen, "Cancer Lifer," Talks Metastatic Disease and Her Viral Video, June 12, 2015

    This Breastcancer.org podcast features Holley Kitchen, the metastatic "cancer lifer" as she calls herself, whose June 4, 2015 video about what it's like to live with metastatic breast cancer went viral on Facebook and other media outlets. Holley was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2012. In 2013, she learned that the cancer had recurred in her spine and other bones.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Holley talk about:

    • why and how she made her now-famous video
    • her support group of other younger women with metastatic disease and why it's so important to her
    • some of the most common misconceptions about metastatic disease
    • what she's doing next

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    Marie Arsenault, Metastatic Patient, Talks About the Need for a Cure, Not Awareness, October 2, 2015

    This Breastcancer.org podcast features Marie Arsenault, a former music promoter and booking agent, who was first diagnosed with stage II estrogen-receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in September 2000 at age 36. She had mastectomy with TRAM flap reconstruction, chemotherapy, and radiation. In May 2007, she was diagnosed with metastatic disease; the breast cancer had returned in her liver and bones. In 2011, the cancer spread to her bone marrow.

    Listen to the podcast to hear Marie talk about:

    • how she feels during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    • what she would like people to know about metastatic breast cancer
    • how her support network helps her stay positive through treatment
    • her volunteer work with the Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis

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    Aniela McGuinness: Choosing to Laugh at What Life Gives Her, October 29, 2015

    This Breastcancer.org podcast features Aniela McGuinness, an actress and the creator of the My Breast Choice blog. Aniela knew she had an abnormal BRCA1 gene and lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2013. A year and a half later, at age 31, Aniela was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, three days before her appointment to schedule a preventive double mastectomy.

    Listen to the podcast to here Aniela talk about:

    • why she decided to create her blog and YouTube channel
    • how she uses humor to get cope with things that upset her
    • how she came with the idea for her mastectomy photo series
    • her Halloween costume and why Halloween is the best holiday for people with cancer

    Running time: 21:19

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