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Finding the right cancer team provides hope, positive outcome for Detroit woman

Published On: | Eric Brown

Legal assistant and Detroit resident, Denise Taylor Malone, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52, the same year her mother died from the disease, and one month after her ex-husband developed throat cancer. “I was so blessed to have Dr. Brown (Eric Brown, MD, FACS, breast surgeon) at my side, assuring me my condition […]

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Ten years later, breast cancer survivor retells her story of a new life

Published On: | Eric Brown

“I eat right, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, do everything I can to stay healthy … and I still got cancer.” Flint resident Cory Pacheco initially speaks somewhat casually when sharing the story about her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and next phase of her life. A Hurley registered nurse for the past 30 years, Cory admits […]

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence

Published On: | Eric Brown

When we have to break the news to a patient that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, in most conversations, the reaction is very similar – as soon as they hear “breast cancer,” they stop listening. Their mind immediately begins thinking, “I’m going to die.” That’s when we quickly begin talking a patient off […]

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Lymphedema As A Side Effect Of Breast Cancer Treatment

Published On: | Eric Brown

This is a terrific article from “General Surgery News”.  As we strive to have less morbidity (long term consequences of our treatment) the hope is to reduce the amount of axillary (lymph node) surgery. Arm Morbidity a Particular Problem for Young Breast Cancer Survivors Young breast cancer survivors experience significant arm morbidity after lymph node […]

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Patients Even 4 Years Later

Published On: | g-comprehensive

From Medscape, February 18, 2018 Cancer patients who exercise regularly while undergoing adjuvant therapy appear to be more physically active years after their treatment ends. In addition, in cancer patients who participated in an exercise program during therapy, there was a tendency toward less fatigue over both the short and long term, according to new […]

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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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