The New England Journal Of Medicine recently published a paper demonstrating that people who eat nuts regularly, live longer. So, should we all eat nuts? Yes. Will we live longer? Maybe. People who ate nuts were less likely to die from cancer, heart disease and stroke. But nut eaters were also more likely to be lean, to eat fruits and vegetables, to exercise daily and to not smoke. Maybe the nuts were only partially responsible for the longer life. It’s hard to know.Read More
The New York Times recently published a front page article about the Breast Cancer Gene and the dilemma many women have about testing for the Breast Cancer Gene. Angelina Jolie tested positive for a Breast Cancer Gene mutation and elected to have both of her breasts removed.Read More Angelina Jolie, BRCA, Breast cancer, Ovarian cancer
The biotechnology revolution is going to change the way we treat cancer and all sorts of medical diseases. We, perhaps, are going to reach a day where breast cancer can be treated in one trip to the doctor’s office.Read More biotechnology, Breast cancer
Today, we are celebrating one hundred years of the American Cancer Society, a society created for the sole purpose of bringing public awareness to the scourge of cancer. One hundred years later, the American Cancer Society has helped to save over 14,000,000 lives, has galvanized millions of Americans to fight cancer and has spent over $3.6 Billion dollars on research. 47 scientists, whose careers and research have been funded in part by the American Cancer Society have won Nobel Prizes. Many of us, myself included, are able to be here today because of the dedication and hard work by the people who make up the American Cancer Society.Read More American Cancer Society, Cancer, Cancer research, Mary Lasker, National Cancer Institute, Nobel Prize, United States, World War II
The Silver Bullet, and not the one the Lone Ranger carried, is a drug that goes specifically and only to a breast cancer cell to kill it. We have had some not so perfect silver bullets in the past, but newer target therapies are turning out to act like silver bullets should. But first, a review.
Cancer cells exhibit uncontrolled growth in that they grow anywhere and everywhere. Imagine you are baking a cake and you pour the batter into a pan to shape the cake. After baking, you expect a cake in the shape of your pan. But now imagine that the cake grew right through the pan, that is, the cake did not respect the walls of your pan but grew right through the pan and into the walls of the oven. This is what cancer does.Read More Breast cancer, Health, Silver Bullet
One of the great joys of medicine is the constant learning. By the time a physician retires, 80% of their practice was learned after residency. Medicine is a science that is continually evolving while the art of human compassion is always enriching.
My education continues when I attend national, regional and local medical conferences. This past May, I attended the American Society of Breast Surgeons conference in Chicago, where breast and general surgeons meet to discuss the latest scientific knowledge, learn advanced techniques, and discuss innovative ideas to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors. I return to my patients with new evidence, better skills and a deeper understanding of how best to care for them.Read More Brachytherapy, Breast cancer, Cancer, Chicago, United States
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with their ever present Pink Running Ribbon, fights for a world free of breast cancer. I was fortunate to have had the support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; they supported my Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocates for eradication of breast cancer in many ways: they advocate for mammography to enhance successful treatments; they advocate for basic science research to hunt for the secrets behind breast cancer; and they advocate for translational research to bring those secrets from “the bench to the bedside.” And there are many advocacy organizations that have similar, if not identical, goals, including the American Cancer Society, Y-ME, FORCE, etc…Read More Breast cancer, Cancer, Cure, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, United States
I remember the exact moment the heavens opened. I walked into the operating theater and there before me, stood a surgeon and his team, easing someone’s pain. My destiny was set – I, too, was to become a surgeon.Read More Breast, Breast cancer, Cancer, United States