Breast cancer
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Mammograms are effective methods of screening and diagnosing the disease even before symptoms arise, but it is still important to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate cancer.

June 29, 2018
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Breast cancer
What are the Common Subtypes of Breast Cancer?

Profiling the biologic make-up of breast cancer tissue can help doctors determine how well a patient will respond to different cancer treatments and how aggressive the cancer might be.

June 22, 2018
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Breast cancer , Inflammatory breast cancer
What’s the Latest in Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research?

Scientists are making headway in understanding the basic biological mechanisms at work in inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)—and how to intervene in ways that may slow or stop the cancer.

June 11, 2018
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Breast cancer
What Are The Stages of Breast Cancer?

When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors determine the stage of the disease – which indicates how much cancer is in the body, whether it has spread beyond the breast, and, if so, how extensively.

May 8, 2018
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Breast cancer , Young women with breast cancer
Ten Things to Know About Young Women with Breast Cancer

Women who develop breast cancer when they're relatively young – under age 45 – face a variety of issues unique to their stage of life.

May 3, 2018
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Breast cancer , Young women with breast cancer
Pregnancy and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Every year in the United States, one in 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy.

April 23, 2018
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Breast cancer , Risk and Prevention
Breast Cancer and Birth Control Pills: What’s the Link?

"Overall, contraceptives still have a favorable risk benefit for women as contraception," says Wendy Chen, MD, a senior physician in Dana-Farber's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers.

March 14, 2018
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Metastatic breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Clinical Trials and Canine Companion Help Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient

Each time the metastatic breast cancer spreads too deeply into Sayde Patel’s lungs, she changes clinical trials. And after six switches in 10 years, she maintains a glass-half-full attitude about the process.

February 23, 2018
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Breast cancer , Inflammatory breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Susan F. Smith Center
Spreading the Love: One Couple’s Response to Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Love and commitment have enabled Lynda and Ellen Thomas to get through Lynda’s diagnosis and treatment for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).

February 14, 2018
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Breast cancer , Immunotherapy
How Do CDK4/6 Inhibitors Stop Breast Cancer Growth?

So far, CDK4/6 inhibitors have been shown to be most effective in treating advanced estrogen-receptor positive, HER2-negative breast cancer.

February 12, 2018
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Breast cancer , Cancer Genetics
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer: What You Should Know

Many factors contribute to increased breast cancer risk for some women — including certain inherited genes. About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they are the direct result of gene mutations passed on from a parent. Genes are individual units of […]

January 29, 2018
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Breast cancer
Fighting for My Young Wife With Breast Cancer: A Husband’s Story

By Patrick Martin I’ll never forget our first appointment at Dana-Farber — less than 24 hours after my wife, Meghan, heard the harsh news that she had stage IV breast cancer. I can remember the shoes I wore, because I was staring down at them in the waiting room. I […]

January 24, 2018
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Breast cancer , Cancer research , General interest
Soy and Breast Cancer: Is There a Connection?

Is there a link between soy and an increased risk of breast cancer? “That’s one of the most common questions I get from breast cancer survivors,” says Wendy Chen, MD, MPH, a breast oncologist with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. While laboratory studies on soy […]

January 22, 2018
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Metastatic breast cancer
Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer

In early 2015, Kim Delling had put her 2009 bout with breast cancer behind her. Then, at a routine checkup, her doctor ordered an additional test. “I knew something was up,” recalls Delling, a 50-year-old real estate agent in Wilmington, Mass. The cancer had come back. It had spread to her lungs, […]

October 27, 2017
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Breast cancer , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer?

Immunotherapy refers to treatments that use the body’s own immune system to combat diseases. While no immunotherapy drugs are currently approved for breast cancer, clinical trials at Dana-Farber and elsewhere are exploring the effectiveness of these drugs — and whether they could work in combination with other cancer therapies. “I […]

October 26, 2017
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Metastatic breast cancer
How Radiation Therapy Can Help in Metastatic Breast Cancer

When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, and/or other organs, it is called metastatic breast cancer. Depending on their location, metastatic cancer growths can cause pain and neurologic symptoms such as numbness and weakness. Patients with metastatic breast cancer, […]

October 12, 2017
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Breast cancer , Male breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
What It’s Like When Your Dad Has Breast Cancer

By Brittany Collins “Men don’t get breast cancer,” a practitioner told my father, who had concerning symptoms and a sister who carries a BRCA-2 mutation. “You shouldn’t worry.” This was how my family’s cancer journey began. Years prior, my paternal grandmother passed away from the disease, and my aunt had […]

October 9, 2017
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Metastatic breast cancer
What Are the Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?

When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs, it is called metastatic (also referred to as advanced or stage IV). While it is not curable, metastatic breast cancer can be treatable — especially with the advent of new therapies, including biologic targeted […]

October 4, 2017
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Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
From Healthcare Advocate to Breast Cancer Patient – And Back

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor. I was the kid who would cry with my friends when they skinned their knees, and do whatever I could to comfort them. In college I learned there were other jobs in healthcare where I could help people, and I […]

October 2, 2017
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Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Breast Cancer Patient is a One Woman Show – In More Ways Than One

“The jig is up.” At least, that’s what Christine Ernst thought as she waited for the mammogram technician to deliver the bad news that she knew was coming. What Ernst didn’t know was what exactly that bad news would be, but eventually it became clear: she had stage II HER2-positive […]

September 22, 2017
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