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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer
by Ronnie Kaye, MFT
“You have breast cancer.” Those are four words no woman ever wants to hear. In addition to being thrust precipitously into an alien world of medical terminology, bewildering choices, and challenging treatments, a woman can also find herself in a state of emotional crisis that can continue through and even beyond the end of treatment.
Helping Children Cope with Your Breast Cancer
by Cynthia Moore, PhD
Open, honest communication with children about breast cancer can be challenging, but it’s one of the best ways to help children thrive during your treatment.
CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
The 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium was presented in December by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research, and Baylor College of Medicine. The driving force behind this collaboration is the shared mission of the organizations to advance progress in breast cancer research.
What Can You Do as Her Husband?
by John W. Anderson
The first thing you can do is – nothing. Huh? Doing nothing goes against every fiber of our being as men. We operate, quite well actually, when the rules of engagement apply: take business, sports, and war as three great examples. We have a mission, we make a game plan, and we execute.