Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer in African-American Moms

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 »

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 »

Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer: How to Avoid it

Though no cure for breast cancer has been found yet, there are ways for women to avoid this debilitating disease and most of them revolve around living a healthy lifestyle. ... 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 »

International Study Recommends Ovary Removal by Age 35

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 »

Support for the Cancer Patient's Caregiver

Everyone is focused on taking care of you, and for most of us, there is that one person, or maybe two, that really focus on taking care of us. What people fail to realize is that cancer doesn’t just drain the patient, it drains the caretaker, too. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Stress Affect the Transmission of Genes

Stress does a lot to our bodies, but it can also affect your baby as well. Stress is a broad term used to describe the physical and emotional strain that can often have an adverse effect on our health in general. ... read more »

School-Age Drinking Increases Breast Cancer Risk

August and September is the begging of the great exodus of college students from their parent’s homes back to their college dorms. For many students, this also means the beginning of weekend – and weekday – booze binging.  ... 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 Cancer Treatments While Pregnant and 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 »

Solvent Exposure Before First Pregnancy: Breast Cancer Risk

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

Ring Finger Length and Future Health Problems

For ages, the length of the ring finger has been the topic of medical attention, but ring finger length is mentioned in history far before modern medicine. Culturally, men with longer ring fingers were considered more fertile and thus more sought after as life-long mates. ... read more »

Early Breast Cancer Detection Test for African-American Women

Young African-American women are more likely to develop triple-negative strains of breast cancer. These strains have a high mortality rate with most patients living less than five years. ... read more »

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 »

Combination Approach for Oncology Infertility Patients

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

6+ Months Breastfeeding Lowers Early Breast Cancer Risk

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 »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

While making surgery plans for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), your doctor may discuss the need to move one or more of your lymph nodes to determine if the cancer has spread there, as that is usually the first place it will spread. ... read more »

Localized Treatment for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

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 »

Endometriosis Cellular Could Lead to Speedier Diagnosis

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

Drug 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 »

Chemotherapy Has Bigger Impact on Fertility

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 »

Ovulation Induction Treatments and Incidence of Breast Cancer

Infertility and usage of infertility drugs in general are not associated with increased risk for breast cancer but for infertile women treated with clomiphene citrate, breast cancer risk is elevated. ... read more »

Chemotherapy During Pregnancy: No Developmental Problem Risk

Using chemotherapy during pregnancy for the treatment of cancer comes with great concern for the health of the fetus. Researchers have recently completed a study involving a small number of children born after in-utero exposure to chemotherapy. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Hormonal Therapy

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is hormonal therapy. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: HER2 Targeted Therapies

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is HER2 targeted therapy. If your cancer tests positive for HER2 proteins, HER2 targeted therapy is almost always included in the treatment plan. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: 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 »

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery

If you or a loved one is facing the surgical journey that accompanies breast cancer, then it is almost a certainty that you are overwhelmed by the amount of choices available, and the abundance of information that goes with it. ... read more »

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: Signs and Symptoms

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 »

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 »

The Winter Holidays Approach: Chemotherapy

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 »

Breast Cancer and Breast Implant Reconstruction

Once a woman has made a decision to have a reconstruction surgery after her mastectomy, the decision comes as to what type of rest reconstruction to have. My next several posts will be dedicated to the different types of reconstructive surgeries. ... read more »

I Have Breast Cancer: The Journey Begins

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, I would like to share my journey with breast cancer, in the hope that it might help other women navigate their own journey through this disease. ... 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 »

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 »

Wigs and Your Insurance Company

There are different types of prostheses that come with cancer, and some you may not even realize qualify as a prosthetic device. ... read more »

Tips for Coping with Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

If you’re struggling with chemotherapy-induced nausea, here are a few more tips to help you ease it and cope with it. ... read more »

Marinol (Dronabinol)

Although it is not legal to smoke the natural plant form of this substance in many states, there is a synthetic form available in pill form called Marinol (Dronabinol) that is legal in every state by prescription only. ... read more »

Adriamycin Round Two

The Thursday before my second round of chemotherapy, my hair started falling out. I was 16 days after my first treatment. It was emotionally traumatic, even though I had already cut off most of the length. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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