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Anne’s story of hope and happiness following two surgeries

Published On: | Eric Brown

“I was vigilant; I performed breast self-exams routinely and went for my mammograms regularly; I exercise, I eat healthy … but, I knew I would get breast cancer … it just happened sooner than I expected.” Anne, a Human Resources professional living in the North Oakland County area, was 50 years old when she received […]

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Second opinion pays off for local breast cancer patient

Published On: | Eric Brown

Grand Blanc resident, early childhood educator and owner of Studio T Pilates, Tami Lysher understands first hand the value of a second opinion. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, and referred to a surgeon who, “without even reviewing my chart or my test results, told me I needed a mastectomy. I was given […]

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The Value of the DCISionRT® Test

Published On: | Eric Brown

Listen to Dr Eric Brown participate on this DCIS webcast discussion. With 60,000 new pure DCIS patients diagnosed annually in the US, Drs. Rick Brown and James Pellicane offer insights as to how they use this test in their practice when counseling DCIS patients.  Currently 77% of DCIS patients have breast conserving surgery (BCS), but […]

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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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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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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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Multidisciplinary Care

Published On: | Eric Brown

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  As Director of the Center for Breast Health, at the Troy Campus of Beaumont Health, Dr. Brown works intimately with the Beaumont Cancer Institute in developing a streamlined approach to the care of the Breast Cancer Patient.  The Beaumont Cancer Institute and its Breast Program treat […]

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How Much Is Too Much ?

Published On: | Eric Brown

Breast cancer treatment options are quite extensive.  In a recent publication in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (J Gen Intern Med 28:630-636), 368 women at 8 NYC hospitals were questioned about the amount of information they received during decision  making for their early stage breast cancer.  Too much perceived responsibility for breast cancer treatment […]

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