BREAST CANCER NEWS
AND DISCOVERIES

By Jennifer Williams, page 1

  1. The Pink Well Challenge

    AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

    06.4.12
    On June 2nd, we announced the winners of the Pink Well Challenge! Watch and enjoy...
     

     

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  2. When a Breast-Cancer Researcher Becomes the Patient

    06.1.12

    We wanted to share with you a very moving article about researcher Dr. Kristi England, who studied the genetics of breast cancer in her laboratory, as she still does in the present.  Her relationship with breast cancer began five years ago, when her right breast did not return to its normal size after she finished breastfeeding her son. She had expressed in the past: "Since I study breast cancer in the laboratory," she says, "I ...

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  3. Exciting times

    Hybrid vaccine demonstrates potential to prevent breast cancer recurrence

    05.17.12

    The clinical trial of a breast cancer vaccine currently in its second phase at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has proven to prevent disease recurrence by a considerable margin. The vaccine appears to prevent relapse and work in women with any level of HER2 expression. The results of the study were released yesterday and will be presented on Monday, June 4 in an oral presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the ...

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  4. One size doesn't fit all

    New studies bring clarity on Mammograms

    05.8.12

    Two new studies help clarify an important issue that has had doctors in an upheaval over when women should begin getting mammograms, how often and at what cost. These studies found that women who have a mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer, or those who have unusually dense breast tissue, should have their first test at age 40 and repeat the exam at least once every other year. The research was designed to identify ...

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  5. A House That Fights Cancer

    2012 Pink Ribbon House

    04.27.12

    The Pink Ribbon Housesm project is a unique philanthropic experience dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and patient care at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine located in Houston, Texas. The proceeds of this sixth biennial Pink Ribbon House, thanks to sponsors, individual donations, product and services donations and tour tickets are projected to reach $450,000.

    The 2012 Pink Ribbon House, on display ...

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  6. Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM) Offers Limited Gains to Life

    01.11.12

    Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have just announced the results of research showing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) provides little benefit but it can have significant effects on women. CPM is a procedure that removes the unaffected breast in patients with cancer in only one breast. The study shows that the surgery may in fact reduce the quality adjusted life expectancy -a measure of life expectancy that takes into ...

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  7. keep on going

    Giuliana Rancic back at work and her recovery from double mastectomy

    01.10.12

    The "E! News" host and reality star Giuliana Rancic, 37, was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer back in August while getting ready to have fertility treatments to help her conceive. Initially, she underwent a double lumpectomy that failed to get all the breast cancer. The host then decided to undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. She has successfully recovered and is back at work. She is also promoting the 5th season of Style ...

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  8. Wishful Shrinking

    From the NCI: The Emerging Evidence about the Role of Obesity in Cancer

    01.3.12

    We wanted to share with you a recent commentary published in the the National Cancer Institute Bulletin about the role of obesity in cancer. There is worldwide concern about the consequences of obesity. According to the World Health Organization the rate of obesity has more than doubled since the 1980s. In the Unites States, the 2007–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey results showed that 34.2 percent of adults 20 years of age ...

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  9. And the results are...

    Highlights of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

    12.14.11

    The 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium took place this last week from Dec. 6th-10th at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. At Pink Well we wanted to share with our readers some of the highlights of this important yearly event. The symposium this year focused on emerging treatments in hard-to-treat populations, including patients with metastatic breast cancer, and on new knowledge about prevention and risk. The 34th annual symposium ...

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  10. uno, dos, tres

    The 3 most Important Questions you Need to Ask your Doctor when Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    12.5.11

    According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)'s Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012,  breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in US women. Only in 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 57,650 additional cases of in situ breast cancer. These numbers remind us how important is for women to ...

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  11. nuclear testing

    BSGI: Effective for Detecting Breast Cancer In Dense and Non-Dense Breasts

    11.29.11

    This week the press has been reporting about the findings of a study on Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), also known as Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI). The study shows evidence that unlike mammography, BSGI/MBI is very effective in detecting breast cancer in women with dense and non-dense breasts. These findings will be presented at the  2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting being held all this week through Dec. 2, 2011 in Chicago ...

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  12. "Havastin" Doubts

    FDA withdrawing approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

    11.21.11

    On Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner withdrew approval of Avastin for treatment of metastatic breast cancer (mBC) in the United States. The decision has produced a firestorm of concerned reactions by breast cancer patients who claim benefits from the drug.

    In 2008, FDA gave Avastin conditional approval--over the objections of some of its own advisers--when a study suggested that the drug could delay tumor growth in breast cancer patients whose ...

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  13. Bad Booze

    Teen girls who drink alcohol are at increased risk of breast cancer

    11.16.11

    This week there has been a spike in the chattersphere about teenage girls drinking. On Sunday, a study published in the medical journal Cancer concluded that teenage girls who drink alcohol and have a family history of breast cancer are increasing their own risk of the disease. In the study girls with a family history of breast cancer were twice more likely to develop benign breast disease when they become adults.

    Studies before this one ...

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  14. Promising shot

    Vaccine to Treat Breast and Ovarian Cancer Seems Promising

    11.9.11

    A vaccine that treats both breast and ovarian cancer showed promising results in a recent study published Nov. 8 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. The vaccine stimulates the immune system to recognize proteins produced specifically by cancer cells resulting in an increase of the survival of patients.

    The PANVAC vaccine, was administered monthly to 26 women with metastatic breast or ovarian cancer. The vaccination was associated with an median of a 2.5 month ...

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  15. Myth Busters

    9 Breast Cancer Myths: How much of what we know or we have read is actually true?

    10.31.11

    Today is the last day of October which means that it's the day of breast cancer awareness month.   It's been a month chalk full of information and events on the subject.  So in an effort to help us separate the facts from fiction and test what we really think we know, The American Cancer Society's blog "Expert Voices", lists a number of common statements we might have encountered. Let's find out ...

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  16. Maybe yes, Maybe no

    Have you heard of a test that could spare many breast cancer patients from chemo?

    10.24.11
    A few days ago there were reports on the Internet of a new test called Oncotype DX that estimates the risk of recurrence of the most common type of breast cancer called estrogen positive (ER+) breast cancer. Although the test is newly available in Britain, it has been available in the United States since 2004.
     
    More than half of the people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with breast cancer have estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+), lymph-node-negative cancer. This specific type of breast cancer is fueled by the hormone Estrogen. There are different ways to treat or approach the cancer when it has not reached the nodes--when the cancer is most likely still contained to the breast. Such cases are usually treated with hormonal therapies that block or lower estrogen. Nonetheless, a lot of patients in this scenario are ambivalent about whether or not they really need chemotherapy in addition to hormonal therapy. Both treatments often combined to help reduce the risk that the cancer will return or spread.
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  17. Improve your odds

    The Four Steps That Can Save Your Life

    10.9.11

     The American Cancer Society estimates that 230,480 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 39,520 of them will die in 2011. That's is just for this year... but there is hope because when breast cancer is found early and is confined to the breast, 98 of 100 women will survive.

     These are the four simple steps you need to follow to improve your odds:

    1. Know your risk ...

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  18. More than words

    What to Say When Someone Has Cancer

    09.21.11

    Most of us have met at least one person affected by cancer and understand how difficult it can be to say the right words or to express our concern to a loved one, friend, really anyone affected with the disease.

    "Nearly 12 million people living in the United States today were diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives." writes Greta Greer, MSW, LCSW who is Director of Survivor Programs at the American Cancer ...

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  19. Eat Your Heart Out

    What the Average American Consumes in a Year

    09.13.11

    This latest chart shows "What the Average American Consumes in a Year."  We want to share it with our health conscious supporters here at The Pink Well. It was published by Derek Thompson (graphic via Sarah Kliff) in the online edition of The Atlantic magazine. 

    Here's the not-so-skinny take home: The average American (Male and Female combined) consumes nearly 2,000 lbs of food a year.  

    See the chart with a breakdown of the ...

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  20. Keeping Abreast

    Andrea Mitchell: When Breast Cancer News Becomes Breaking News

    09.8.11

    Earlier this week, well known journalist and NBC news anchor Andrea Mitchell announced that she has breast cancer. She made the announcement on MSNBC sharing that her cancer had been found early and that her prognosis is "terrific."  Normally, such an announcement would have ended there, greeted with well wishes and concern. Instead, some of Ms. Mitchell's words have sparked criticism from bloggers and journalists. 

    Much of their attention is centered on her claim ...

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