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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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“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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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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Study shows treatment for breast cancer may cause financial stress

Published On: |Kylie Chin

No one can deny that coping with a breast cancer diagnosis is hard enough, and studies show that treatment is causing another type of stress: financial hardship. According to a recent breast cancer study by the University of Michigan, 25 percent of survivors are still reeling from financial stress four years after receiving treatment, and […]

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Oncology Exercise and Wellness Program to Enhance Survivorship

Published On: |Kylie Chin

When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, most primary cancer care shifts their focus to treatment planning rather than proactive integration of interventions to mitigate side effects associated with chemotherapy or radiation—but that’s not how Beaumont Cancer Institute (BCI) approaches treatment. BCI developed the Beaumont Oncology Exercise and Wellness Rehabilitation Program as part of an […]

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Affordable Care Act Will Cover Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the decision to fully cover medications intended to prevent breast cancer for at-risk women. This comes as part of the Affordable Care Act’s preventative care benefits and goes into effect this coming September—leaving insurers a year to make the change. The new coverage comes […]

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The Survival Rate Racial Disparity Persists

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Black women in the United States are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women according to a study published in the July 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, breast cancer survival rates for black women diagnosed in last two decades has not changed one […]

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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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