Kevin Knopf, M.D.

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Kevin Knopf is a hematologist in San Francisco, California and is affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Breast Cancer.

Latest by Kevin Knopf, M.D.

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When Even the Experts Disagree"¦Who Benefits from Adjuvant Chemotherapy

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 b...

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Reading your Pathology Report: Cancer Size, Lymph Node Involvement, ER and PR Status

More things to look for on your pathology report - my last post on pathology reports covered histology, margins and grade. Other important things a pathologist will consider: Size of the Breast Cancer (Measured in cm) This is somewhat an approximatio...

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Treating the Elderly Patient with Breast Cancer

The average lifespan of the American woman continues to rise well past 80 years. Assuming a healthy heart and no other major medical illnesses, the chance for breast cancer is still present. Women over 70 have been under-represented in clinical trial...

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What Happens at a Breast Tumor Board?

Last week I mentioned to a patient that “her case” had been discussed at our breast tumor board, and there was a consensus opinion (i.e. all present agreed with my recommendation). What is a breast tumor board? At most community oncology centers and ...

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Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Important: Thoughts from a Medical Oncologist

It is breast cancer awareness month, and everywhere pink ribbons abound. I have donned one on my white coat. Why is breast cancer awareness month such a very, very good thing? Here are four reasons. #1 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fosters AWARENES...

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Is Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) Hereditary?

There is a spectrum of changes in the breast tissue from normal tissue to breast cancer; it goes something like this: Normal ductal tissue Ductal hyperplasia Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) Breast Cancer The difference bet...

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Forgetting to Take Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)?

A recent study of breast cancer patients showed that about a third of women stopped taking their tamoxifen (nolvadex) before the end of the recommended 5 years. Tamoxifen for premenopausal women, and aromatase inhibitors for postmenopausal women, are ...

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A First Visit with the Medical Oncologist

"is naturally going to be an anxiety provoking experience. I’ll talk a little about the first visit for a newly diagnosed patient contemplating the benefits of hormonal or chemotherapy after surgery for breast cancer. (Patients with metastatic d...