Sometimes plans change. I have been following the recent news about a study from Duke University that a lumpectomy with radiation might actually be more effective than a mastectomy in preventing breast cancer recurrence. The previous evidence suggested the two procedures were about the same, so women have been making their choice... Read more
How does your doctor know how much radiation to use in your CT scan? For that matter, how does your doctor know how well any medicine or procedure works? The answer is someone has worked it out in a clinical trial.
When I went for my most recent CT scan, the doctor asked if I would participate in a study to see if there... Read more
My mother died recently at age 91 of a stroke. Although arthritis slowed her down in her later years, she still lived an active, independent life.
We hear so much about the 1 in 8 women who will get breast cancer in their lifetimes. That 12% number looms large in many women’s minds. Fear of getting breast... Read more
“I have been having several strange symptoms (insert list here). What can it be?” Every week this web site gets variations on this question.
Here at the HealthCentral Breast Cancer site, Health Guides, such as PJ Hamel and myself, are not medical professionals. We are well-read breast cancer survivors who... Read more
Perhaps you have seen the petition by Kimala Clark on Facebook asking the Komen foundation to change the focus of where it spends its money. The petition points out that the 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the United States this year will die from metastatic breast cancer. It’s not cancer in our breasts that... Read more