Introduction to Breast Cancer: Causes and Risk Factors

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths, next to lung cancer. ... read more »

OncoFertility: Combination Approach More Effective Than Single Treatment

According to a new study from Erlangen University Hospital in Germany suggests a combination approach to improving fertility for oncology patients. ... read more »

BRCA Mutation

BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are not gender specific and can affect both men and women. A genetic counselor can discuss with you your individual risks and recommend certain methods of genetic testing. ... read more »

Chemotherapy Has Bigger Impact on Fertility Than Previously Thought

New research indicates that chemotherapy has a bigger impact on female fertility than many reports reveal. The new research results could give doctors and patients more appropriate and realistic information on the long-term effects of chemotherapy on fertility. ... read more »

A Soy Savvy Pregnancy: Is Soy Helpful or Harmful to Health?

Some researchers have cautioned against consumption of soy protein, reporting findings that soy increases the risk of breast cancer. This, however, is not the case. ... read more »

Menstruation Starts Early in Girls Who Drink Sugary Sweets

New research indicates that what a girl drinks before her first period can hasten the arrival of her first period. It can influence her risk of developing breast cancer later in life, too. ... read more »

Coffee + Tamoxifen Cuts Breast Cancer Recurrence Rate by Half

A recent study indicates women taking tamoxifen who also drink a small to moderate amount of coffee every day cut their risk of breast cancer recurrence by approximately half. ... read more »

How Breast Cancer Affects Fertility

Breast cancer does play a role in fertility; however, each woman's situation is unique. It's important to meet with your physician to discuss your options. ... read more »

Cell Signaling Pathways and Diabetic-Induced Birth Defects

Researchers from the University of Maryland may have found a new means of reducing diabetic-induced birth defects like none other. ... read more »

Exposure to Phthalates Increases Risk for Preterm Births

There has been growing concern about the dangers of exposure to thechemical phthalate, and now a new study shows an association between awoman's exposure to phthalate and preterm birth. ... read more »

Experience of Acupuncture Eases Cancer Drugs’ Side Effects

The results of a recent clinical trial may offer the hope of relief from the distresses of cancer drugs by the experience of acupuncture. ... read more »

ER-Positive Breast Cancer and Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Patients with ER (estrogen receptor) positive breast cancer may choose to preserve fertility using cryopreservation. The process included COS (controlled ovarian stimulation) to harvest eggs for cryopreservation. ... read more »

Cancer Risk Not Affected by IVF

Studies on the impact of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on cancer risk have reported and denied a connection. A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility from researchers in Israel confirms no connection between cancer risk and IVF treatment. ... read more »

Breast Microbiota Different from the Rest of the Body

A recent Canadian study discovered that the microbiota of the female breast is unique, consisting of a population mix that appears nowhere else on the rest of the body. ... read more »

Breast Lump In Pregnancy - Get It Examined

Although most breast changes in pregnancy are benign and not cancerous, a lump always requires additional investigation. Until more tests are done, you won't know exactly what that lump is. ... read more »

Introduction to Ovarian Cancer: Causes and Risk Factors

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer affecting women today. In fact, ovarian cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer. ... read more »

Infant Size Contributes to Breast Cancer Risk

The connection between infant weight and risk of breast cancer has been studied before, but this is the first time birth weight has been reported as an individual risk factor independent of other factors. ... read more »

African-American Mothers May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk by Breastfeeding

Researchers at Boston University have found a significant reduction in breast cancer risk in the African-American population when mothers choose to breastfeed. ... read more »

Endometriosis Cellular “Signature” Could Lead to Speedier Diagnosis, Improved Treatment Options

This discovery could signal the beginning of speedier diagnosis and improved treatment for endometriosis, which is painful and often misdiagnosed. ... read more »

Clomid Does Not Increase Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk

Women who took Clomid during treatment for infertility are not at increased risk for developing breast cancer, even if they took the drug 30 years ago, according to a new study. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Treatments While Pregnant May Improve Survival Rates

In a study completed by Jennifer Litton and associates, treatment for breast cancer during pregnancy was associated with improved cancer survival rates despite previous information to the opposite. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Locally

Once invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) has been diagnosed and the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status have been identified, your doctor can then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate the cancer. ... read more »

Ladies, Get Up & Move; Sitting Linked to Bone, Breast, Ovarian Cancer

A new study from the American Cancer Society revealed an increased risk of cancer for women who spend lots of their leisurely moments sitting down. ... read more »

Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries Removed to Avert Hereditary Cancer

Jolie, 39, chose to publicize a preventive double mastectomy she had in 2013. ... read more »

Drug That Puts Ovaries “At Rest” During Chemotherapy Spares Fertility

Approximately 25% of breast cancer patients in the United States are younger than 50. The chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer often causes these young women to experience symptoms of menopause. ... read more »

International Study Recommends Ovary Removal by Age 35 if BRCA+ for Best Cancer Defense

For women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 39 for every 100 BRCA+ women. Once disease develops, preventive ovary removal surgery by age 35 is the best defense. ... read more »

Giuliana and Bill Finally Pregnant!

Remember Giuliana and Bill Rancic? The pair has become the poster duo for fertility and women's health issues, from IVF to breast cancer, as a result of sharing their struggles on their reality show ... read more »

Giuliana Rancic - Breast Cancer Shock During 3rd Round IVF

Giuliana Rancic, longtime E! News Network host and red carpet staple, has been diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer. ... read more »

Preemies More Likely To Be Left-Handed

Children born early are almost twice as likely to be left-handed rather than right-handed, according to author Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD. Moalem explores the health implications of handedness. ... read more »

6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk But Not For Smokers

A study of 504 breast cancer patients indicates breastfeeding for six months or longer can delay the onset or reduce the risk of early breast cancer even when early breast cancer runs in the family. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Risk of BRCA Ovarian Cancer

“Heredity is not destiny,” says Dr. Timothy R. Rebbeck. There are specific measures a woman can take that significantly reduce the odds of developing a BRCA-related cancer. ... read more »

Solvent Exposure Before First Pregnancy Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Young women exposed to organic solvents before their first full-term pregnancy are at increased risk of developing hormone receptor-positive breast cancer if it runs in the family. ... read more »

Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction Surgeries

With breast cancer, women are usually looking out one of three options: either (a) they do not need surgery, (b) they are able to have breast-conserving surgery, or (c) they have to have a mastectomy. ... read more »

Breastfeeding: Benefits for the Baby

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breastfeeding provides all the nutrition babies need in an easy-to-digest fluid. ... read more »

Angelina Jolie Trades Breasts for Life

After watching her mother battle cancer for nearly 10 years, Angelina Jolie chose to reduce her risk of facing the same fate, by getting an elective double mastectomy. ... read more »

Stages and Grades of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ

The earliest stage of breast cancer is stage 0, which is where all DCIS is staged. When referring to the stage of a DCIS, it is actually the distance of which the cancerous cells have spread beyond the location of the original tumor. ... read more »

Signs and Symptoms of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

With almost 80% of new cancer cases being invasive ductal carcinomas, it is the most common form of breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is also sometimes referred to as infiltrating ductal carcinoma. ... read more »

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Staging and Grading

When a pathologist receives an invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) tissue sample from a biopsy, they analyze several factors of the cancer to determine a stage and grade of the cancer. ... read more »

Hormone Receptor Status of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

In addition to the stage and grade of a cancer, another factor in the type identification for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the hormone receptor status. This status enables your cancer treatment team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. ... read more »

Breast Cancer Risk Tied to Early Drinking Habits

According to the study, the amount of drinking that occurs between the time a young women has her first period and the time when she carries her first baby to term may increase or decrease risk of breast cancer. ... read more »

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

I’ve discussed previously adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. There are two classifications for cancer treatments: adjuvant and neoadjuvant. Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment administered prior to primary therapy. ... read more »

My First Encounter With the Red Devil (Adriamycin)

I didn’t choose breast cancer…it chose me.  Now, it was time to fight it.  Just 8 days after officially being diagnosed with breast cancer, I received my first dose of chemotherapy.  It was a Tuesday. ... read more »

My Second Week After Chemotherapy

On the Monday after my first Adriamycin chemotherapy treatment, I had a physical exam from my oncologist. The doctor sat down with me first and asked how I was coping with the whole cancer concept in general, and how I was feeling overall. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Systemically - Chemotherapy

After the total profile for invasive ductal carcinoma has been determined, including the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status, your treatment team will put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate your cancer and, hopefully, prevent its return. ... read more »

Additional Types of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

While the standard invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is the most common form of invasive breast cancer, there are four additional types of invasive carcinoma that are much less common; however, that does not reduce the seriousness of these diseases. ... read more »

The Winter Holidays Approach

In the two weeks that followed my second chemotherapy treatment, I progressively got more tired and weak. I was still working part time, but when I came home from work, I was so tired, all I could do was lay on the couch and rest. ... read more »

Navigating the Different Types of Breast Cancer

All cells within the breast are susceptible to cancer, even in men. There are several recognized types of breast cancer, and each has its own symptoms, treatments, and fatality rates. ... read more »

A Wake-Up Call

About a week and a half after my second round of Adriamycin, I had a very scary wake-up call. Although one of the side effects of one of my nausea medications was appetite stimulation, I was still not very good at eating the way I should. ... read more »

Questions for Your Doctor About Your Cancer Type

When you first receive a breast cancer diagnosis, there are things you need to know about what has determined your type of breast cancer. ... read more »

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Definition, Signs and Symptoms, and Risk Factors

A carcinoma is any cancer that originates in the tissues covering or lining internal organs. In situ literally means that the cells are located in their original place. The most common form of breast cancer that is non-invasive is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). ... read more »

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