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Exercise Benefits

Published On: |Eric Brown

Report: breast cancer survivors who exercise live 40 percent longer Survivors who exercise are 40 percent more likely to live longer than those who led a sedentary lifestyle. While the story was played as news, it didn’t come as a surprise to Eric Brown, M.D., director of the Center for Breast Health in Troy. “We […]

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What Are These Terrible Drugs I Have To Take?

Published On: |Eric Brown

Antiestrogen medications are commonly used in the treatment of breast cancer.  It is amazing just how many women discontinue this treatemnt due to ‘side effects’.  The ‘power’ of these drugs cannot be overestimated … in many case, their effectiveness is more than chemotherapy. Below is an summary (taken directly from the Journal of Clinical Pathways) […]

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Margins … Ugh!

Published On: |Eric Brown

Complete excision of breast cancer is the goal of surgery.  Obtaining clear, microscopic margins can be a challenge.  Having involved margins occurs in 25-30% of cases, thus requiring a second operation (re-excision).  The challenge is not based on the technical aspects of surgery, but the fact that disease as a margin is most often microscopic; […]

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“Thanks A Lot, Now I’m In Menopause!”

Published On: |Eric Brown

There are many aspects of breast cancer therapy that can result win menopausal symptoms during and after treatment.  In fact, in some studies pre-menopausal women who do not recover ovarian function if lost during her treatment, actually fair BETTER than women who do.  Estrogen blockade, either by blocking the estrogen receptor or its production, are […]

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A Call To Continue Free Mammograms

Published On: |Eric Brown

MIKULSKI CALLS ON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO PROTECT ACCESS TO FREE MAMMOGRAMS FOR WOMEN 40 AND OLDER Currently women aged 40 to 74 are guaranteed an annual free mammogram as result of Senator Mikulski’s ‘Women’s Preventive Health Amendment’ to the Affordable Care Act Draft recommendation by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force threatens […]

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American Cancer Society Got It Wrong

Published On: |Eric Brown

Recently, the American Cancer Society updated their recommendations regarding screening mammography. To summarize I believe that the ACS methodology for their guidelines analysis was excellent. They reviewed both current and old scientific articles, they sought out the opinions of experts in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and they utilized scientific data in their guideline development. However, as […]

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Published On: |Eric Brown

A very common questions that patients have is “why did I get breast cancer?”.  Unfortunately, there are rarely satisfying answers.  Here is a terrific article published in 2010 by the National Institute of Health, on breast cancer risk factors.  There is a lot of very helpful information: The etiology of the majority of breast cancers […]

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The Never Ending Controversy of Screening Mammography

Published On: |Eric Brown

Well, it seems like this topic is like a cat, having multiple (probably more than nine) lives.  I posted about mammograms, and, the ongoing ‘controversy’ in February, 2014, and, the topic constantly resurfaces: Are mammograms necessary? Are they ‘harmful’? When should we start?  Who should have one and how often? Truths are truths … no […]

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Major Advances In Breast Cancer 2014

Published On: |Eric Brown

As 2014 came to an end, just like the years “Top Plays” seen on ESPN, there have been major advances in the care of breast cancer patients.   So, here is a list of our “Top Plays”:   MARGINS – “no ink on tumor” has become the standard for clear margins for invasive breast cancer.  What […]

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What is all the talk about ‘breast density’?

Published On: |Eric Brown

Michigan became the 21st state to enact breast density inform legislation. Governor Snyder signed Michigan’s breast density inform bill into law (SB 0879) and it becomes effective June, 2015. The first density reporting law was enacted in Connecticut in 2009.  Another eight states are due to introduce density reporting legislation in 2015, according to Are […]

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