The last week of September is National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week, and October 3rd is National Previvor Day. These are both important events to raise awareness about hereditary cancer and the importance of BRCA gene testing. Millions of people carry an inherited BRCA gene mutation or have a family history of cancer, but many remain unaware of their risk. National HBOC Week and Previvor Day aim to change that.Read More
Breaking news in breast cancer research will affect whether or not a significant number of women with early-stage breast cancer can forgo chemotherapy. On June 3rd, at ASCO (the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting) researchers presented their findings of a highly-anticipated study called the TAILORx trial, which followed almost 10,000 women with early-stage breast cancer.Read More Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotherapy, endocrine therapy
March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, which reminds me how grateful I am to one special doctor who helped me become the surgeon I am today. V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D. was my mentor while I was in training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from 2004 to 2006.Read More breast cancer surgeons, Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg
Real Men Wear Pink.
Pink is a color of health, as in “pink cheeks.” Pink is also a fighting color, as in a softer form of the warlike red. Real Men Wear Pink is a group of men uniting together to eradicate breast cancer and restore the health of millions of women.Read More
Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is the next frontier in the march towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Most breast cancers we can treat, because most breast cancers have a target we can exploit: the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor or the Her2 receptor. In these breast cancers, we can shut down the receptors with targeted therapies, such as tamoxifen or Herceptin (trastuzumab), stop growth and kill the cancer. Triple Negative Breast Cancers do not express these receptors and therefore, early detection and surgery become the mainstays of therapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotheraphy
Chemotherapy prior to surgery can tell us whether your tumor responded to chemotherapy. If your tumor is gone after chemotherapy, then we can feel good that any tumor cells hiding elsewhere in your body were killed.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotheraphy
Breast cancer belongs in the garbage can. Period.
Breast cancer needs to be cut out and thrown away. Done. The end.
If only it were that simple. Many surgeons will tell you that it is that simple. Just cut out the tumor and be done with it. But breast cancer is a very complex disease that requires a mosaic of treatments from a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the destruction of breast cancer.Read More Awareness, Breast cancer, Chemotherapy, mets, Surgery
You survived breast cancer and now you want to get pregnant. Is it safe? Will the cancer come back? Will my baby be healthy?
First, let’s review what you went through to survive breast cancer. You had a mammogram, which radiates your breasts. You had surgery and a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, which puts radiation into your breast and lymph nodes. You may have had Whole Breast Radiation Therapy, which put lots of radiation into your breast. You probably had chemotherapy. And you are currently taking tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen pill.Read More Breast cancer, cancer survival, Pregnancy, pregnancy after cancer, Tamoxifen
Dense breasts make the detection of small breast cancers on mammography a challenge. Breast tissue is white on a mammogram and fatty tissue is black on a mammogram. The density of a mammogram is based on the amount of black vs. white tissue and is described as fatty replaced, having scattered fibroglandular densities, heterogeneously dense, or extremely dense.Read More 3D mammogram, Breast cancer, breast density, breast tomography, dense breasts, digital breast tomosynthesis, Mammogram