Breast Cancer , General interest , Male breast cancer , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #3: Then and Now with Male Breast Cancer Survivor Mike Johnston

When Mike Johnston felt a lump in his chest in 2009, he assumed it was a side effect of a high blood pressure medication. But after a routine doctor’s visit, followed by a mammogram and ultrasound, Johnston’s diagnosis was confirmed: He had male breast cancer. Only 2,000 men in the […]

May 3, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy: The Pros and Cons

Many women who undergo a mastectomy, either to treat breast cancer or reduce their risk for the disease, are eligible for reconstructive procedures that restore the shape of the lost breast. The choice a woman makes – whether to have reconstruction, what type, and when – is highly personal, and […]

April 11, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Positivity and Cancer: Be Yourself

By Melissa Angiolillo When I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at age 35, I was overcome with fear. Buried within that fear was guilt that I wasn’t handling my diagnosis the “right” way. The pressure to be positive was overwhelming. It seemed as though I was expected to […]

March 9, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Immunotherapy , Inflammatory breast cancer , Metastatic breast cancer , Susan F. Smith Center
Breast Cancer Treatment Yesterday and Tomorrow: A Long and Winding Road

Eric Winer, MD, director of Breast Oncology at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, gave the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture at the  San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2016. This annual lecture and award are given to a breast oncologist who made significant contributions to the […]

March 3, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Hodgkin lymphoma , Lymphomas , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #1: Then and Now with Lymphoma and Breast Cancer Survivor Catherine Goff

When Catherine Goff was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma while attending college in the 1970s, it was the shock of a lifetime. Less surprising – but still life-changing – was her later diagnosis with breast cancer, a common secondary cancer for patients like Goff who received high doses of radiation therapy […]

March 1, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Woman with Breast Cancer Finds Reassurance

When Erin’s phone rang the night before her first visit to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, she was surprised to hear the voice of the oncologist she would see the next day: Ann Partridge, MD, MPH. “She called to tell me it was going to be okay,” […]

February 21, 2017
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General interest , Pancreatic Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Shaped by the Past, Pancreatic Cancer Patient Takes Things Day by Day

  By Yvette Kaplan From her early days growing up in Hungary, Yvette Kaplan has possessed a strong will to survive. Whether it was German occupation during World War II, communism and a daring break for freedom as a teen, or cancer’s devastating impact on her family, she has met […]

February 16, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Health and wellness , Survivorship
Your Style After Breast Surgery: Ten Tips When Considering Breast Prostheses

Just as there are many types of breast-conserving surgery or reconstruction available to cancer patients after mastectomies or lumpectomies, there are a variety of considerations for those who – after consultation with their oncologist – decide to forego more surgery and wear breast prostheses (or breast forms and partial shapers). […]

February 7, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Research , Treatments and Procedures
Who Needs Chemotherapy after Treatment for Early Breast Cancer?

Following surgery and/or radiation for early stage breast cancer, chemotherapy is sometimes given to eliminate remaining cancer cells that could cause trouble later. Traditionally, women have been more likely to undergo follow-up chemotherapy if clinical and pathological factors suggested a significant risk of recurrence, such as a larger tumor, higher […]

February 2, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Health and wellness , Risk and Prevention
How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam [Infographic]

Monthly breast self-examinations may help women spot a lump, or other breast changes that may signify breast cancer, early on. But many women don’t know how to do an exam, or even what they should be looking for. Review the infographic below to learn how to spot symptoms of breast […]

January 31, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Mythbusters Podcast – Episode #1: Breast Lumps and Cancer

Most breast lumps are not cancer. But many myths persist about the relationship between the two – including whether a woman can tell if a lump is cancer by the way it feels, and whether a small lump is less likely to be cancer than a large lump. With the […]

January 27, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
For Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient, DF/BWCC Milford ‘Feels Like Family’

As a breast cancer survivor living an hour away from Boston, Deb Ragosta was thrilled when Milford Regional Medical Center – located just a few minutes from her Hopedale, Mass., home – became affiliated with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) in 2008. While she had completed active treatment in […]

January 25, 2017
1
Care for adults , Health and wellness , Integrative Therapies
Can ‘Prehabilitation’ Benefit Cancer Patients?

Cancer treatment can be debilitating, but there may be ways patients can better prepare themselves for the challenges to come. The benefits of exercise in helping cancer patients deal with fatigue, mood swings, and other issues experienced during and after treatment are well documented. Now physician-scientists at Dana-Farber and elsewhere […]

January 24, 2017
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Cancer Genetics , Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
BRCA-Positive Mom Takes Control of Her Cancer Risk

After learning in December 2014 that her father was a carrier of the BRCA-1 gene, Katherine Saunders immediately knew she needed genetic testing. The 37-year-old mom of two had a 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene, which increases the risk of ovarian and breast cancers, and was likely responsible for the […]

January 6, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Cancer research , Research
Study Shows New Drugs Expose Vulnerability of Breast Tumors

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” may be a valid philosophy in general, but not in dealing with the molecular machinery of cancer cells. There, the applicable motto might be might be, “If it’s broke, keep it that way.” That’s the approach taken by a class of targeted drugs […]

December 20, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Treatments and Procedures
A New Approach to Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment Resistance

By Srivani Ravoori, PhD, American Association for Cancer Research This post first appeared on the Cancer Today website. In a study presented Dec. 7 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, researchers conducted genomic analysis of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive metastatic breast cancer samples that had become resistant to therapies. They found […]

December 9, 2016
1
Breast Cancer , Cancer research , General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Adjuvant Therapy?

Adjuvant therapies are drug treatments that breast cancer patients receive after surgery to prevent cancer from returning. These treatments may include chemotherapy, anti-estrogen therapy, or anti-HER2 therapy. Watch More: Young and Strong Program Helps Young Women With Breast Cancer Life After Inflammatory Breast Cancer “This is now a widely established […]

December 2, 2016
0
Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Survivorship
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #6: When Treatment Ends

Treatment ends. And you’re home free. That’s what many friends and family think. But cancer patients know that the time after your treatment ends can be unsettling. While the physical and logistical challenges of managing chemotherapy, radiation or surgery may be behind you, the prospect of dealing with cancer without […]

November 30, 2016
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Breast Cancer , General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Neoadjuvant Therapy?

Neoadjuvant therapies are drug treatments breast cancer patients receive before surgery. These treatments can help shrink tumors and make breast surgery easier for the patient and surgeon, according to Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Neoadjuvant therapy […]

October 28, 2016
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Care for adults , Inflammatory breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Living a Full Life after Inflammatory Breast Cancer

When Trish Vickery learned in 2013 that she had inflammatory breast cancer, she knew all too well the gravity of her diagnosis. Her mother had died from the disease. Yet Vickery is living a full and energetic life — working, traveling, exercising, rowing on the Charles River in Boston, and […]

October 24, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
How Much Radiation Do Breast Cancer Patients Need?

Traditionally, patients with early-stage breast cancer who choose lumpectomy plus radiation therapy have been treated with five to six weeks of daily radiation therapy following surgery. In the last half dozen years, however, two landmark studies by researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada found that treating patients with higher […]

October 18, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
What Are Aromatase Inhibitors?

Aromatase inhibitors are drugs given to patients with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+). They target the aromatase enzyme, which helps produce female hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen drives the growth of many HR+ tumors, and these drugs help control estrogen production, says Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in […]

October 6, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Breast Cancer: When is Less Treatment Better?

By Eric Winer, MD When a woman learns she has breast cancer, and she has cancer treatment available to her, it is only natural that she and her doctor would choose a powerful course of action. And in many cases, this approach makes sense. However, aggressive treatments often come with […]

October 3, 2016
3
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Mom with Breast Cancer Finds Care Close to Home

When Cathy McCue, 44, tried to find words to tell her 8-year-old twin boys about her cancer, she turned to books like “Mom Has Cancer” and “Nowhere Hair.” Her own story began in June 2015, when she felt a pain in her right breast while at the gym. After finding […]

August 15, 2016
1
Care for adults , Health and wellness , Patient Stories, Adult
Family Legacy of Service Fuels 20-Year PMC Rider

By Jen Cunningham Butler I began riding the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) in 1996 in honor of my mother, Sheila Driscoll Cunningham. Twenty years prior, in 1976, Mom became Founding President of The Friends of Sidney Farber Cancer Institute (now Dana-Farber), raising funds for cancer research and patient care. Mom was […]

August 3, 2016
1
Breast Cancer , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Episode #5: Balancing Motherhood and Breast Cancer

It was a warm day in November 2013 when Gabby Spear found out she had breast cancer. But even in the midst of the difficult news, her responsibilities as a mom, wife, professional, and community member remained; she knew she still had to pick up her two daughters and make […]

July 26, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast—Episode #14—The Latest in Genetics and Women’s Cancers

Advances in genetic research may improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women’s cancers. “More genes are being found and fewer families are having to wonder if there is something genetic that may increase their risk, or future generations’ risk, of developing cancer,” says Judy Garber, MD, MPH, director of […]

July 22, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
‘Chemobuddies’ Help Breast Cancer Patient Heal

This post was originally published in July 2016. “What should I bring with me to chemo?” It’s a common question. For many cancer patients, the answer is books, puzzles, or a good movie. For Monica Wright, it was her “chemobuddies.” Wright, 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, […]

July 20, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Cancer Patients Find Community Online

Five hundred miles from her hometown in northern Virginia, newlywed Jeannie Choi, 30, and her husband were settling into to Massachusetts and their new careers in July 2015. Just three months later, their wedding vows – to support each other in sickness and in health – would be put to […]

July 11, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Treatments and Procedures
Voices Podcast – Episode #4: Mastectomy, or Not — Breast Cancer Surgery Decisions

When Judy Rosenbaum was diagnosed with breast cancer, the thought of serious treatment and surgery, like a mastectomy, was frightening. Working with her doctors and care team, Judy found a “less is more” treatment approach and elected to have a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy. “I was terrified of having […]

June 28, 2016
1
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Susan F. Smith Center , Treatments and Procedures
Fighting Women’s Cancers from Within

Traditionally, the war on cancer has been waged from the outside in, with therapies such as surgery, radiation, and drugs entering the body from external sources. For more than 100 years, however, a notion has persisted that the most formidable tool against cancer may come from within: the immune system. […]

June 27, 2016
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Why Does Cancer Risk Increase As We Get Older?

Age is the biggest single risk factor for cancer. Risk increases significantly after age 50, and half of all cancers occur at age 66 and above. According to the National Cancer Institute, one quarter of new cancer diagnoses are in people aged 65 to 74. The median age of diagnosis […]

June 23, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Facing Forward After Breast Cancer

After more than a year of chemotherapy and radiation, Pamela Gasek was finally cancer free. She had completed treatment for breast cancer, but now she had to decide how to move forward. Breast cancer remission brings new challenges such as managing relationships and dealing with lasting side effects from treatment, […]

June 14, 2016
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Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Treatments and Procedures
Choosing a Clinical Trial for Metastatic Breast Cancer

When facing a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, patients often have many questions about clinical trials: Is a clinical trial right for me? When is a good time to consider a clinical trial? What types of treatments might be available? While there may be many questions about the process, the […]

June 9, 2016
0
Fertility Preservation , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Young women with breast cancer
Voices Podcast – Episode #3: Difficult Decisions as a Young Woman with Breast Cancer

Some people may think of breast cancer as a disease that only affects older women. But many young women can and do get breast cancer – just like Maggie Loucks, NP-C, who was diagnosed one week after her 28th birthday. “Hearing the words ‘the lump is malignant’ isn’t really anything […]

May 31, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Does Breast Density Affect Cancer Risk?

While most women may understand genetic and lifestyle risks for breast cancer, many do not realize that breast density also plays a significant role in breast cancer risk. Breasts are considered dense if they are mostly made up of glandular and fibrous tissue and not much fat. Breast density can […]

May 18, 2016
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General interest , Health and wellness , Research
What Are the Most Common Cancers in Women?

While there is no sure method for avoiding cancer, understanding risk factors can help you make decisions about prevention and screening for early signs of disease. As we recognize National Women’s Health Week, here’s a look at the five most common cancers in women* and steps you can take to […]

May 9, 2016
0
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
How Do I Know My Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence?

After completing treatment for breast cancer, many patients may focus on their risk of recurrence. While this risk is individualized, there are certain factors your doctor may consider to determine whether you are at a higher or lower risk for the cancer returning. “Each person’s breast cancer diagnosis is different, […]

May 4, 2016
0
Breast Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Episode #2: Living Well with ‘Chronic’ Breast Cancer

Shortly after she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, Duncan Finigan met with her oncologist, Eric Winer, MD, at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. “I can’t deal with this ‘stage’ thing,” Finigan told him right away. In response, Winer said Finigan didn’t have to […]

April 26, 2016
1
Breast Cancer , Care for adults
What Is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer where cancer cells do not contain estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, or HER2 receptors, and therefore test negative for all three. Triple-negative breast cancer affects roughly 15 percent of breast cancer patients and can be somewhat more aggressive than hormone-positive or HER2-positive […]

April 22, 2016
1
Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy might more accurately be called anti-hormone therapy because it works by blocking hormones that spur certain cancers to grow. Hormones act by attaching to proteins, called receptors, on the outside of cells, resulting in cell or cancer growth. Reducing this type of cancer cell growth by blocking hormones […]

April 13, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Health and wellness , Integrative Therapies
What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Breast Cancer Patients? [Infographic]

  Breast cancer and its treatment may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, decreased range of motion, and weakness. Exercise and other integrative therapies, including yoga, can ease these symptoms, help patients feel better during treatment, and can be scaled to fit each patient’s unique needs and abilities. “Yoga has […]

April 6, 2016
1
Breast Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Susan F. Smith Center
Voices Podcast – Episode #1: Breast Cancer ‘SoulMates’

When Melissa Angiolillo was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2015, she had all the support of her husband, family and friends. But what she really needed was someone who had gone through what she was about to experience, someone who knew what it was like to face a stage […]

March 29, 2016
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Metastatic breast cancer , Podcasts , Research , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #5: What’s New in Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment and Research

Although there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, new developments in treatment and research are helping patients live longer and experience a better quality of life. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Eric Winer, MD, director of Breast Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers […]

March 11, 2016
2
Breast Cancer , Care for adults
What Is HER2-Positive Breast Cancer?

HER2-positive breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer that affects about 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Around fifty percent of HER2-positive cancers also have hormone receptors for estrogen and/or progresterone. HER2, which stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, is a gene in the cancer cell that […]

March 9, 2016
5
Breast Cancer , Care for adults
What Is Hormone-Positive Breast Cancer?

Hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+) is the most common subtype of breast cancer, affecting roughly 65 to 75 percent of breast cancer patients. It is one of several subtypes of breast cancer determined by the presence or absence of estrogen and/or progesterone hormone receptors. When patients are diagnosed with HR+ breast […]

February 18, 2016
1
Cancer Genetics , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #2: The Truth About BRCA Testing and Genetic Risk

Although only a small percentage of breast cancers are considered hereditary, genetic testing and cancer risk — specifically the BRCA1/2 genes — have made many headlines in recent years. But what exactly does it mean to have a BRCA mutation, and what do women need to know? In this Cancer […]

January 29, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Health and wellness , Risk and Prevention
When Should I Begin Regular Mammograms? [Infographic]

For women weighing when to start having regular mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, the answer isn’t always clear. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendations, which were updated in October 2015, specify that women aged 45-54 who are at average risk should undergo yearly mammograms, and every two years […]

January 12, 2016
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
For Teacher with Breast Cancer, ‘Less is More’

The math teacher in Faye Ruopp loves to look at life in equations. One of her favorites after she was diagnosed in June 2014 with breast cancer was “lumpectomy + radiation = mastectomy.” She would notice this theme of “less is more” often during her treatment at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. […]

December 4, 2015
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults
What Is Lobular Breast Cancer?

All breast cancers initially form inside the milk duct near the area where the duct meets the milk gland, or lobule – a structure called the terminal duct lobular unit. As long as the abnormal cells remain inside the milk duct they are known as carcinoma in situ. When they […]

November 16, 2015
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Five Things Minority Women Should Know About Women’s Cancers

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, with nearly 232,000 diagnosed each year, and another 100,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer in the U.S. each year. But do these diseases affect all women equally? In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer […]

October 23, 2015
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Finding a Breast Cancer ‘SoulMate’

By Melissa Angiolillo On January 7, 2015, I went to bed having no idea that the next day my life would change forever. I was at work, waiting for a call from my doctor saying the biopsy performed three days prior was benign. My phone rang and I didn’t want […]

October 19, 2015
3
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
What Does a Breast Cancer Lump Feel Like?

Although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, most breast lumps are not cancer. In fact, more than 80 percent of breast lumps end up being benign. But can a woman tell if a lump is cancer by the way it feels? While the majority of lumps […]

October 14, 2015
14
Care for adults , Caregiving
How to Care for a Partner with Cancer

By Patrick Steele Elaine needs a caregiver? That’s outrageous. She is a very independent and courageous woman. But as her husband and partner, I had to step into this role when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When Elaine and I first met in 2005, we stayed up late, telling […]

October 7, 2015
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Breast Cancer , General interest , Health and wellness
Ten Myths About Breast Cancer [Infographic]

More than 230,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, making it the most common cancer among American women. With so many people affected by breast cancer, there is a lot of information — and unfortunately, misinformation — available. As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re […]

October 5, 2015
2
Breast Cancer , Research , Uncategorized
What’s the Link Between Cancer and Pesticides?

A study that found a sharply higher rate of breast cancer in women exposed to the pesticide DDT while in the womb has drawn renewed attention to the relationship between pesticide and herbicide exposure and cancer. The study, published earlier this year, tracked nearly 15,000 mothers, daughters, and granddaughters living […]

October 2, 2015
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Cancer research , Precision Cancer Medicine
Finding the Best Targets for Precision Cancer Treatment

The inner world of a cancerous tumor is a place of intense rivalry, subversion, and aggression. Multiple subgroups of malignant cells – each with its own pattern of molecular features – vie with one another for nutrients, access to the blood supply, and room to grow and spread. This diversity, […]

September 4, 2015
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
What Older Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

American women have a 12 percent lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. While young women do get breast cancer, the disease is much more common in women aged 60 and older. Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist at the Susan […]

August 26, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer
I Have Metastatic Breast Cancer: What’s My Prognosis?

By Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH Metastatic breast cancer generally means that the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes under the arm. For approximately 10 percent of women with breast cancer, the disease has metastasized when they are first diagnosed, but metastatic disease can also occur […]

August 12, 2015
1
Cancer research , Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Do All BRCA Mutations Come with the Same Cancer Risk?

Women born with mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 have an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, but the degree of increase depends on a variety of factors. Not all mutations within these genes raise the risk equally. A study published earlier this year tracked breast and ovarian […]

July 29, 2015
2
Care for adults , Health and wellness , Young women with breast cancer
Coping with Breast Cancer as a Young Adult

Young women with breast cancer face many unique emotional challenges: They may be in college, dating, starting a career, raising a family, or trying to start one. “Cancer disrupts many aspects of young adulthood such as family planning, careers, relationships, sexuality, and sexual health,” said Karen Fasciano, PsyD, clinical psychologist […]

July 20, 2015
5
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
How I Told My Young Children I Had Cancer

By Gabby Spear When my doctor first told me I had breast cancer, there was almost no time to take it in. I called my husband Andy, told him, and then had to go pick up our older daughter, Emma, at after school care. We were going to temple for […]

July 10, 2015
2
General interest
What Are the Most Common Cancers in Men vs. Women? [Infographic]

Although men and women have different anatomies, they share some similarities in the types of cancers they develop. Colorectal cancer and lung cancer, for example, are common cancers developed by both men and women. The most common cancer differs in each gender, however; prostate cancer and breast cancer are the […]

July 9, 2015
1
Care for adults , Integrative Therapies
Rhythm Therapy: How Drum Circles Help Patients Cope with Cancer

Zeynep Aytekin, a 47-year-old management consultant, has always wanted to participate in a drum and rhythm class. Now, as a breast cancer patient at Dana-Farber, she has the opportunity to let loose her inner percussionist. After some encouragement from a friend, whom she met at the Gentle Hatha Yoga, Aytekin […]

July 8, 2015
0
General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Why the Pan-Mass Challenge Is My Kinetic Karma

By Dave Lafreniere I rode in my first Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) the day after my mother died. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor who developed an unrelated, rare ocular melanoma while I was training. She passed away in the early morning of August 2, 2002, as I sat by […]

July 1, 2015
1
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Keeps on Riding

Every day, Pat Hastings is in the barn by 5 a.m. As steward of the Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation in Hartland, Vt., Hastings oversees herds of Poitou donkeys, Choctaw mustangs, Dales ponies, and American Cream draft horses. She has worked on farms for 35 years, and it’s here, with her […]

June 22, 2015
0
Cancer research , Treatments and Procedures
Know Your Surroundings: How Cancer Treatments Can Keep Cells From Supporting Tumors

By Eric Bender Multiple myeloma is a poster child for recent advances in treatment: In the past decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved no fewer than nine treatments for the blood cancer, and several more drug approvals appear to be near. Not coincidentally, multiple myeloma is also […]

June 19, 2015
2
Breast Cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Can Women Get More Than One Lumpectomy?

For many women with localized breast cancer, a lumpectomy followed by breast radiation therapy may be the most effective treatment, with survival rates equal to a mastectomy. But if the cancer comes back, can women have additional lumpectomies? Women should not have a second lumpectomy in the same breast if […]

June 15, 2015
1
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Treatments and Procedures
Immunotherapy, Targeted Drugs, Brain Cancer Research Among Highlights at Cancer Meeting

Eagerly awaited new data from trials of immunotherapy drugs, vaccines to treat brain tumors, and improved treatments for blood cancers sparked waves of optimism at the year’s biggest cancer meeting. The 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) drew about 30,000 cancer specialists to Chicago May […]

June 5, 2015
0
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Living Well with Chronic Breast Cancer

Duncan Finigan isn’t fond of the phrase “stage IV.” “I choose to call it treatable, non-curable cancer, or a chronic disease,” the mom of four says. Following a physical exam by a new gynecologist last October, Finigan expedited her December mammogram, which ultimately led to an MRI, ultrasound, and a […]

June 4, 2015
5
Cancer research , General interest
Explaining the Complexities of Cancer

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).  Burgeoning understanding of the biology of cancer has led to advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. These advances mean that a person diagnosed with cancer in the United States […]

May 28, 2015
0
Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Creating a Legacy with Metastatic Breast Cancer

This post originally appeared on Critical Mass as part of the 2015 National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. By Beth Fairchild My name is Beth Fairchild. In my former life, I was an artist, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend. Now, while I may still be all of these, I […]

May 18, 2015
3
Breast Cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Chemotherapy
New Study: Chemo Before Surgery Avoids Need for Mastectomy for Many with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy before surgery shrank triple-negative breast tumors in women in a clinical trial to the point where half of those who had not been eligible for breast-conserving surgery became eligible for it, according to investigators at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The findings were reported at the American Surgical […]

May 6, 2015
0
Breast Cancer , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
My Lifetime Movie: How Cancer Changed Me

By Deb Norris My life plays like a Lifetime movie. I was born tall, blonde, with big breasts (note – they later tried to kill me). I was the straight-A cheerleader who dated the captain of the football team and became a corporate executive.  Friends teased me that I lived […]

April 27, 2015
2
Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy
Promising Research Developments Stir Hopes for Melanoma, Lung, Breast and Ovarian Cancer

The growing excitement about the potential of immunotherapy treatments for cancer continued at the 2015 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), one of the largest cancer research meetings of the year. Several Dana-Farber investigators presented encouraging results of immunotherapy for melanoma, lung cancer, and breast cancer. F. […]

April 24, 2015
0
Cancer Genetics , Care for adults , Ovarian Cancer
Angelina Jolie Puts Spotlight on Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Once again Angelina Jolie is making headlines after penning another op-ed in The New York Times. The actress shared she has undergone more cancer preventive surgery – this time prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy, a procedure to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Two years ago, she wrote about her decision to […]

March 24, 2015
0
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Can Shorter Courses of Radiation Be Safe and Effective?

  Radiation therapy, which uses radiation to kill cancer cells, is a common treatment option for breast cancer patients. After a lumpectomy, a standard course of radiation therapy with breast cancer lasts six weeks. A new option for some breast cancer patients uses slightly higher doses of radiation over a […]

March 6, 2015
0
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Whirlwind Week Ends in Reassurance for Breast Cancer Patient

It was a Monday when Katie Lazdowski got the news no 33-year-old mother expects to hear: “You have breast cancer.” Waiting is never easy, but waiting to find out what’s next after a cancer diagnosis can be excruciating. After meeting with a local oncologist in Amherst, Mass., about two hours […]

February 27, 2015
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Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Forty Years After Introduction, Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Still Effective

Nearly 40 years after its introduction, tamoxifen continues to prove its value as a breast cancer prevention drug. The most recent evidence comes from the International Breast Cancer Prevention Study 1 (IBIS-1), which for 20 years has been tracking breast cancer occurrence and survival rates in more than 7,000 women who […]

February 16, 2015
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Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Treatments and Procedures
FDA Approves New Therapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment  for women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. The new therapy, palbociclib, will be used to treat postmenopausal women with metastatic estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer who have not received previous treatment. Palbociclib, which is marketed under the name […]

February 9, 2015
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