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Can adequate sleep improve breast cancer survival?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

A new study reveals that adequate sleep may improve survival time for women with advanced stages of breast cancer. According to the study, survival time for patients that received adequate sleep was 68.9 months (5.74 years), while inadequate sleepers survived an average of 33.2 months (2.76 years). Researchers also found that just a 10 percent […]

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Can hair loss from chemotherapy be prevented?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Hair loss (alopecia) is an unfortunate side effect of chemotherapy, but breast cancer researchers are experimenting with scalp hypothermia (cryotherapy or cold-cap therapy)—a technique that uses a special head-cap to protect against chemo-induced alopecia. According to the NY Daily News, a scalp-cooling device known as a DigniCap may soon be available in the U.S., and […]

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Twin Shares Tissue for Breast Reconstructive Surgery

Published On: |Kylie Chin

A remarkable story broke last week about two, twin sisters both diagnosed with breast cancer within a few months of each other and one twin donating tissue to her sister for breast reconstruction surgery. The 34-year-old twin sisters from Crown Point, Indiana, Kristen Maurer and Kelly McCarthy, were not the first to donate tissue to […]

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Breast Cancer: In the News – November 2013

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Breast Cancer Survivors Offered Free Nipple Tattoos Breast cancer survivors in Halifax, Nova Scotia who have undergone mastectomies are being treated to a complimentary nipple and areola tattoo. Newcombes Ink, a local tattoo parlor known for its community involvement, says the effort is to “help someone feel comfortable in their own skin.” Under normal circumstances, mastectomy […]

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New Pre-Surgical (Neoadjuvant) Breast Cancer Drug is on the Road to Approval

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Roche, a Swiss global health-care company, has recently received a positive review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning their new pre-surgical breast cancer treatment drug, Perjeta. In actuality, a positive review is an understatement. FDA scientists are recommending accelerating the approval process for the drug, a measure usually reserved for pioneering drugs that […]

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Blood Pressure Drug Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Women taking calcium channel blockers, a common drug to control hypertension, may more than double their risk for breast cancer if the medication is administered for more than a decade. This alarming finding was released this past Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, located in Seattle, Washington. […]

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A bra that detects breast cancer? Really?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Twenty years ago Nedra Lindsay agreed to take part in a medical trial that involved wearing “[…] this up-and-coming device that was going to be used to detect breast cancer,” Lindsay said. Only 25 at the time, Lindsay didn’t think much of the instrument consisting of sensors and a small data pack that monitors changes […]

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Breast Cancer Stats – that everyone should know

Published On: |Kylie Chin

We’ve all heard the alarming statistic: 1 in 8 women living in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That is pretty misleading and requires a caveat that is often neglected. “Over the course of her lifetime – 1 in 8 women…” The statistic is based on the entire population living beyond the […]

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Gene variant connected to male breast cancer

Published On: |Kylie Chin

It may go without saying that breast cancer is commonly thought of as a woman’s disease, however, male breast cancer does occasionally occur – 1 out of every 100 breast cancer diagnosis are men. Recently, the largest study of male breast cancer was conducted from the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre at The Institute of […]

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Handling Breast Cancer: Exercise and Stress Management

Published On: |Kylie Chin

A study conducted by the University of Miami’s Department of Psychology determined regular exercise and being in a stress management program after breast cancer surgery improved women’s mood, quality of life, and resistance to fatigue during and after breast cancer treatment. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, sampled 240 women diagnosed with […]

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