Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Dana-Farber’s Judy Garber, MD, MPH, elected to Institute of Medicine

Judy Garber, MD, MPH

Judy Garber, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nongovernmental organization that advises the nation on issues related to biomedical science, medicine, and health.
Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
An internationally recognized leader in clinical and translational research on breast cancer, Garber is director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber and is one of the leaders of its Susan F. …

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer

When people hear the words metastatic breast cancer, A lot of them have no idea what it means. I know we hear a lot of talk about breast cancer in the month of October. Yet very little about male breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer means that cancer has traveled outside of the breast area. It usually spreads to the bones, brain, lung or liver. At this point it is considered stage four, with no cure. It is considered a terminal disease at that point. They are trying to make it a chronic disease. This also means …

 

Hitching a Ride

Will an emerging cancer therapy that links potent drugs to tumor-seekers take the place of standard chemotherapy?
by Elizabeth Dougherty

Eric Winer, MD (left), has been leading clinical trials at DF/BWCC focusing on the antibody-drug conjugate T-DM1.

Sarah Merchant was working as a Web designer in Boston when, at age 28, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Surgery, radiation, and a series of chemotherapy regimens followed, as did nerve damage, hair loss, and a general decline in her health.
Then Merchant heard about T-DM1, a trial drug promising the effectiveness of chemotherapy without the toxicity. “I wanted to get into that …

 

How the Internet Changed Breast Cancer Awareness

With broadband internet, you can find information about just about anything online. But it’s not all Facebook and games. Breast cancer patients can use the Web to find out information and statistics about their diagnosis – but the abundance of information available online is a double-edged sword.
Finding Information on the Internet
The internet is a great way for people to find out more on breast cancer, including risks, signs and symptoms, and treatment options. This is especially important for people who may not have family doctors or who may be too timid to speak up during appointments. Information available online may …

 

For My Mother

I could feel the vibrations through my pocket , the never ending buzz caused me to stop in my tracks . My voicemail begins to play , and the heaviness in my father’s voice fills the silence of the airy night. ” I have been trying to reach you , I know you must be working but I wanted to tell you that your mother was in the hospital earlier…call me when you get a chance” he said.
It was around 8:00 p.m. and I had just left work, I was walking to the train station to go home when I …

 

Young breast cancer patients often overestimate the benefit of having second breast removed

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate the odds that cancer will occur in their other, healthy breast, and decide to have the healthy breast surgically removed, a survey conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators indicates. The survey also shows that many patients opt for the procedure – known as a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, or CPM – despite knowing it will be unlikely to improve their chance of survival.
The study, published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows a certain disconnect between what many patients know on an abstract, intellectual level – …

 

Labor Day

The first Monday in September is Labor Day and is dedicated to the American workers!  Something which we should be celebrating daily for the difference they make in our lives! We celebrate them today and thank them for all they do for us.
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882 but that is not when it became a national holiday! Who created the holiday might be unclear but it is something we celebrate proudly every year.
When Labor Day rolls around, it always marks the unofficial end of summer which flies by once Memorial Day comes and …

 

Fish Tacos

I posted last week about a review of studies published in the British Medical Journal which concluded that eating fish 2-3 times per week could lower the risk of developing breast cancer. Here’s another omega-3 filled meal that’s perfect for summer: Fish tacos!

Fish tacos
For 4 servings
Vegetable oil
1 pound firm white fish, like tilapia or cod
8 corn tortillas
1 avocado
1-2 limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup salsa (I use Trader Joe’s chipotle salsa)
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Pickled cabbage or carrots (I used this recipe)
In a medium saucepan, heat a little vegetable oil over medium heat. Slice fish lengthwise in to strips about an …

 

Tuna Salad in Avocado Halves

Reducing your risk of breast cancer could be as easy as opening a can of tuna. A review of 26 studies published a few weeks ago in the British Medical Journal  found that women who eat more omega-3 fatty acids had a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Research also shows that omega-3s are good for the heart, by lowering triglycerides and bood pressure.
One of the best sources for omega-3s is fish. We all have a can of tuna gathering dust in the cupboard, but here’s how to dress it up a little more than the usual bland tuna salad. This …

 

Oh My What a Week it Was!

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2013 is now history!  The work has been done, the desserts have been enjoyed! Soon we will be letting you know about Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2014!
Let’s savor the results and efforts of Boston Bakes 2013 for a little while longer!
What a week it was!  Boston Bakes 2013 was dedicated to a very special and kind woman who lost her battle to breast cancer, Anna Guarino at the age of 60.  She gave so much to her family and community and is missed by all who knew her.  She lives in the heart of …