Should you share the results of genetic testing with your child?

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If you learned that you were at high risk of cancer because you carry the hereditary BRCA1/2 gene mutation, would you tell your children? A recent study at Fox Chase Cancer Center not… Continue reading

Hope is beautiful

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The Look Good…Feel Better programme, which many women have had an opportunity to avail of in the cancer support centres or hospitals where they received treatment, is celebrating their 20th anniverserary this year. In 1989,… Continue reading

Ignoring lymphedema

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Many women who experience abnormal swelling of the arm or shoulder area following treatment for breast cancer — a condition called lymphedema — suffer in silence, according to the results of a recent survey. Lymphedema… Continue reading

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