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Cancer Vixen

Cancer Vixen, Health Guide

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Fashionista - Activista - Cartoonist

Early Detection of Breast Cancer is Key

In case you were asleep and not keeping up with the news, or just keeping tabs on the tabloids, The United States Preventive Services Task Force said Monday that women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, and that doctors should stop teaching women to examine their breasts on a regular basis.   Women of America,... Read moreChevron
Maimah Karmo

Maimah Karmo, Health Guide

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Tigerlily Foundation, President and Founder

Lombardi Cancer Center Releases Controversial Study

As a breast cancer survivor, the past three and a half years have been an amazing learning experience for me.  As powerful as my personal experience was, learning and becoming an educated advocate has also given me the opportunity to know when to speak up on an issue, and taught me the importance of weighing all aspects and facts before doing... Read moreChevron
Lila de Tantillo

Lila de Tantillo, Health Guide

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Journalist, Caregiver

Taking Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)? Why Paxil and Other Antidepressants Could Pose a Problem

  Tamoxifen (or nolvadex) is a drug commonly prescribed to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer, but a common side effect of the treatment is hot flashes. As a result, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - a class of drugs that includes Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) - are commonly prescribed to... Read moreChevron
Mandy Crest

Mandy Crest, Health Guide

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The "MS Hug" Demystified

Suddenly you feel an intense tightening around your chest, along with pain and a burning sensation. You clutch your chest, awash in fear.   If you have never had this experience before, you wonder... is this a heart attack... a panic attack... an asthma attack... and you will definitely want to contact your physician.   But if you... Read moreChevron
Kevin Knopf, MD

Kevin Knopf, MD, Health Guide

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Medical Oncologist

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Data presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium show that basically all women with HER2+ breast cancers benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy/Herceptin due to their worse prognosis. In my mind, however, there is no more controversial area in breast cancer than in which patients truly benefit from receiving adjuvant chemotherapy, among women... Read moreChevron