Calling all fashion designers

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) began as the fashion industry’s response to breast cancer – a widely recognized effort that raises public awareness and funds to support breast cancer research, education and patient… Continue reading

New treatment option for breast cancer

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A new drug for women whose breast cancer fails to respond to conventional chemotherapy has been listed on Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Abraxane, approved in more than 35 countries, has been shown to… Continue reading

One bird at a time

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“I gazed at the blank paper on my easel, listening to the birds outside my window. Sometimes it was that moment just before I put brush to canvas that was hardest. Besides, this was… Continue reading

Lumpectomy not advised if breast cancer returns

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A mastectomy is prudent when breast cancer returns after a lumpectomy, because survival rates are better than with another lumpectomy, according to a report published in October 2008. “We were surprised to find… Continue reading

Gene behind breast cancer identified

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The discovery of tumor-suppressor genes has been key to unlocking the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to uncontrolled cell proliferation the hallmark of cancer. Often, these genes will work in concert with others… Continue reading

Oncoplastic surgery gives breast-cancer patients another choice

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Making  the decision between a mastectomy and a lumpectomy can be a very difficult choice for a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, I read about a new procedure called oncoplastic surgery, which offers… Continue reading

Emotional health affects exercise patterns

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I have written here many times about the benefits of exercise not only to physical well-being but to the psychological aftermath of cancer. Now, a new study claims, that emotional health plays a… Continue reading

Maximising treatment for ER+ breast cancer

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Breast cancers that respond to female hormones, such as estrogen, generate specific proteins that help tumor cells survive and grow. One such protein, HDM2, is known to be present in higher levels in… Continue reading

Designer genes

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Thanks to Steph at the Biopsy Report for directing me to a new book which has recently been published.  Designer Genes tells the fictional story of Emily Cusack, who has a  loving husband, two… Continue reading

Reconstructive breast surgery – know your options

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  For many cancer patients undergoing mastectomies, reconstructive breast surgery can seem like a first step to reclaiming their bodies. Last month I wrote a piece on reconstructive breast surgery and specifically the lack… Continue reading