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Category Archives: Breast Cancer
Dana-Farber doctor co-chairs ASCO expert panel to develop guideline
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued a new clinical practice guideline on chemotherapy and targeted therapy for women with HER2-negative advanced breast cancer. The guideline provides detailed, evidenced-based information on the efficacy and side effects of various therapies.
“In releasing this guideline, our aim is to improve both the length and quality of patients’ lives,” said Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, Founder and Director, Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer,Director, Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and co-chair of ASCO’s expert panel that developed the …
This was the last blog Peter Devereaux sent to us last month. It is with heavy hearts we share Peter’s last blog again in light of his recent passing at the age of 52 from male breast cancer.
For us, Peter was a beacon of light and an inspiration to anyone who had the wonderful opportunity to know and meet him. For me, meeting Peter was indeed a special gift I will hold in my heart forever.
Peter was a true fighter both in the ring and out of the ring; a hero who not only served his country bravely but …
Everyone faces stress from time to time, but a cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging for both the patient and the family members.
“For many of our patients and survivors, they experience a great deal of stress related to
their diagnosis, treatment, or fears of recurrence,” says Eric Zhou, PhD, clinical psychology fellow at Dana-Farber’s Perini Family Survivors’ Center. “But they also have general life stresses on top of that, like family, finances, and work, that don’t go away just because they’re battling cancer.”
Zhou, who leads Dana-Farber’s Survivor Stress Management and Relaxation Training (SMART) workshops, provides some tips on how to …
Young women with fewer financial resources are more likely to experience long delays between the time they detect a breast abnormality and the time they get a diagnosis, a recent study shows. Initially launched to help researchers better understand why breast cancers are more deadly in young women, the study was led by Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber, and Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, formerly of Dana-Farber and now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The study involved 585 women under age 40 who had recently been diagnosed …
For many Independence Day is the start of the very short summer season but it is the birth of American independence in which we celebrate in grand style with parades, fireworks, concerts and of course barbecues!
The American flag waves proudly and our desserts are red, white and blue! We gather with friends and family and celebrate in American style.
We thank those who fought for our independence and those who serve our country to keep us safe and protected. The sacrifices that were and are made are appreciated by all that enjoy not only Independence Day but also everyday.
We at Bakes …
Lets start off by saying it has been a difficult and challenging year with cancer. We have had 4 rounds of radiation in a four month period. I received a Leptomeningeal diagnosis (which means the cancer is in the fluid of my spine and brain). I received whole brain radiation, which brought me some relief. Due to the Leptomeningeal disease I was having trouble with my speech, swallow and balance. The radiation helped everything.
I am currently at home with open hospice. Right now they only have to be here once a week, I am currently I am on steroids and …
by Christine Hensel Triantos
For most breast cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment or chemotherapy, moderate exercise isn’t just acceptable, it’s encouraged. Exercise such as walking or resistance training can heighten energy levels, enhance cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and boost self-esteem. It can also help decrease anxiety, depression, fatigue, and possibly even the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Generally, your goal should be to stay as active as possible. The intensity and frequency of exercise will vary among patients, though moderate walking is usually considered safe for most women. If you haven’t been physically active recently, you’ll want to start a program slowly, …
by Christine Hensel Triantos
Beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2:
Other Gene Mutations Linked to Cancer Risk
Many women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer choose genetic testing to find out if they have inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, which could put them and their family members at a higher risk for these cancers. Now a panel test – known as BROCA – is available for women to learn if they have other gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
The panel includes mutations in about 25 genes associated with an increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer, and that number …
A clinician and a scientist meet on the bridge that connects the research and patient-care buildings to discuss how a laboratory finding might benefit patients. A young woman, newly diagnosed with breast cancer, finds solace in a support program of her peers. A young investigator identifies molecular subtypes of ovarian cancer.
These are just a few of the powerful possibilities the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber creates by bridging compassionate care and world-class basic and clinical research. This edition of Turning Point shares stories like these, and others. Innovators in Women’s Cancers Innovation occurs when experts in …