The Angelina Jolie Effect: Survey Finds Celebrity Health Choices May Impact Important Consumer Health Decisions

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Study Also Finds that Women Are Often Unaware of All Breast Cancer Treatment Options It’s widely known that celebrities have an impact on consumer opinions when it comes to fashion choices, hairstyles, cars and vacations spots. Now, a survey commissioned by The BC5 Project, a group focused on broadening awareness of breast cancer treatment options, suggests that famous personalities may …

Living Fully Despite Breast Cancer

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by: Kim Lewis from: Voice of America October is Breast Cancer Awareness month in the United States. The disease occurs when abnormal cells grow and invade healthy tissue, causing a lump or tumor. It usually strikes older women, but young women can also be at risk. Jane Schwartzberg was a 31-year old newlywed when she was first diagnosed with breast …

Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Need Help

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Breast cancer in the breast is not life-threatening. However, when breast cancer travels outside of the breast (usually to the brain, liver, lungs or bones), it becomes metastatic or Stage IV. Approximately 5% of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases are metastatic or Stage IV (interchangeable designations) but even more startling is that approximately 30% of early stage breast cancer will …

Reader’s Digest Goes Pink & Names Nine People Making a Difference for Breast Cancer

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Alisa Savoretti, Founder of My Hope Chest, Featured on List Seminole, FL (October 16, 2013) – During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Reader’s Digest is featuring “Nine Names to Know in the Fight Against Breast Cancer.”  Among names you will recognize, rises a name you will be hearing more of, Alisa Savoretti. Alisa Savoretti, Founder of My Hope Chest, a …

Anesthesia Technique May Affect Survival After Breast Cancer Surgery: Study

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From: Drugs.com The anesthesia technique used during breast cancer surgery may affect cancer recurrence and survival, Danish researchers report. In a small study that followed 77 breast cancer patients, researchers found the combination of a general anesthetic plus injections of a nerve block resulted in increased survival and fewer recurrences, said Dr. Palle Steen Carlsson, a researcher at the Aarhus …

Why Don’t We Have a Cure for Breast Cancer?

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With Breast Cancer Awareness Month upon us and so many companies and organizations and individuals doing their best to raise money for breast cancer causes and groups everywhere, the same question always arises regarding why we don’t have a cure for breast cancer.  After all, look at all the money that is raised for this cause, not only during this …

Got cancer? There’s help out there, you just have to find it

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By Debra Sherman, Correspondent at Reuters In my last post, I told you how to research cancer centers. The skyrocketing costs of cancer care has raised the alarm of patient advocates and oncologists, especially as a growing number of U.S. families end up declaring bankruptcy over unpaid bills. One recent study showed that people with cancer were more than 2.5 …

What Does The Pink Ribbon Represent?

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On October 1st, the world will again be blanketed with “The Pink Ribbon”.  For many people who have never been touched by the world of breast cancer, they feel that they are being assaulted by nothing more than a huge fundraiser where the money raised will go to line the pockets of the big pharmaceutical companies and other research organizations. …

SOY. Is It Bad for Me?

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by: Dr. Barry Boyd, Oncologist, Hematologist, & Pioneer in Integrative Medicine I get this question almost daily from my breast cancer patients. People are understandably confused. As is the case with other foods, as research evolves, there are changing messages disseminated about their impact on health matters. So, what information compels you to make decisions in life? The story about soy …

Cancer patient’s compassionate use conundrum incites a social media ambush on BioMarin

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by Deanna Pogorelc Posted in MedCity News For the past seven years, Andrea Sloan has been battling ovarian cancer. Now, she’s waging a second battle – this one against BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BMRN) – after being denied access to an experimental drug she thinks is her last hope. And in the process, she’s raising some tough questions about the process of …