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Highlights of the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium

New studies on breast cancer screening, treatment, and survival were presented at the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium held September 13-15, 2012, in San Francisco, California.

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High-quality Personal Relationships Improve Survival in Women with Breast Cancer

The quality of a woman’s social networks — the personal relationships that surround an individual — appears to be just as important as the size of her networks in predicting breast cancer survival, Kaiser Permanente scientists report in the current issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

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The Emotional Impact of Advanced Breast Cancer

When you find out you have advanced breast cancer, it is normal to feel shocked or alone, or to feel a sense of despair. Sometimes crying and expressing your sadness is enough to get you through the tough emotions that can come with a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer. But sometimes you may feel so bad that you lose interest in the things that used to make you happy. You may feel like staying in bed all day and stop reaching out to friends and family.

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A Couple’s Guide to Facing Breast Cancer Together

by Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

The diagnosis of cancer is a life crisis for anyone who hears those words: “you’ve got cancer.” The impact, however, extends beyond the person receiving the news. Cancer affects the whole family. For couples, there is a profound impact. The challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery can be difficult and long lasting. The words “in sickness and in health” take on an entirely new meaning when cancer enters the picture. Still, most couples can and do get through the experience, and some report a renewed sense of closeness afterward.

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Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Update

by Lisa A. Carey, MD

Breast cancer is not one disease; it is a family of diseases that differ from one another in biology and in their behavior. While scientists have an increasing array of tools to identify subtypes of breast cancer at the molecular level, doctors rely on three tools to help make treatment decisions: 1) measurement of the estrogen receptor (ER), 2) the related protein progesterone receptor (PR), and 3) a separate protein, HER2.

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What You Need to Know if You Choose Breast Reconstruction

by Karen M. Horton, MD, MSC, FACS, FRCSD

A woman’s feelings about her breasts can influence her self-image and femininity. Breast reconstruction helps to restore a woman’s body image after facing cancer treatment. The goal of breast reconstruction is to help women feel better about themselves and to provide a beautiful, natural, long-lasting breast reconstruction.

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Treating Breast Cancer’s Hot Flashes

by Charles L. Loprinzi, MD

Hot flashes are a major problem for many women as they go through the menopausal transition and, for some, for many years thereafter. They are a bigger problem for women with a history of breast cancer, mainly because some of the treatments for breast cancer cause hot flashes and because women with breast cancer are advised to avoid estrogen, a common hot flash treatment.

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New Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implant Approved

The FDA has approved a silicone gel-filled breast implant manufactured by Sientra Inc. to increase breast size in women at least 22 years old and to rebuild breast tissue in women of any age. As a condition of approval, Sien­tra is required to conduct post-approval studies that will assess long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes, as well as the risks of rare disease outcomes.

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