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Cancer Patients Face Discrimination At Work

Cancer Patients Face Discrimination At Work | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Almost half of people in work diagnosed with the disease are not told they can work flexibly, a leading cancer charity says.
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This is happening too often all over the world. 

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Kerry Winslet's curator insight, March 4, 8:24 PM

This is happening too often all over the world. 

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New test spots most deadly forms of breast cancer BEFORE they spread

New test spots most deadly forms of breast cancer BEFORE they spread | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London have developed a new test that was able to determine those women at the highest risk of dying from their disease.
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Study published here: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001961


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Marisol Espinoza's curator insight, February 21, 6:50 PM

I picked this article to read about because breast cancer, well really any cancer related topic sparks up my interest, but this one had an effect on me. When I was little my mom had breast cancer and even though I vaguely remember her being sick, it still effects me that such a wonderful woman could go through something so traumatic.  So when I found this article about test s that could spot forming of breast cancer before they spread. Interesting enough while I was reading I was reading things I already knew. for example they had a video for us to watch as well and they said tests that you could do is self examination and if you find something abnormal go to your doctor, but what if you have no symptoms or no abnormal things about your breasts? And even some women don't even get symptoms and they go to their doctor for a normal check up and next thing they are told they have breast cancer. So for this article to say there are new tests that can be made before it starts to spread was very disappointing to read things I already knew about and nothing that seemed relatively new tests.

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An in-depth survey of 60 breast cancer investigators reveals a new model for neoadjuvant systemic treatment

An in-depth survey of 60 breast cancer investigators reveals a new model for neoadjuvant systemic treatment | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

For a long time now our education group has maintained a deep interest in documenting the actual practice patterns of oncology clinical investigators (CIs) and sharing the results with community-based oncologists to assist them in their day-to-day...

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Fascinating look at the latest in treatment decisions.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Find the Michelangelo of Nipple Tattoos | VICE | United States

Breast Cancer Survivors Find the Michelangelo of Nipple Tattoos | VICE | United States | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
For all of medicine’s advances, the best option for areola reconstruction after surgery is tattooing. And in the field of cosmetic tattooing, Vinnie Myers’s trompe-l’oeil “areola portraits,” as he calls them, are widely regarded as the best that money can buy.
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Get Involved | World Cancer Day

Get Involved | World Cancer Day | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
"World Cancer Day is a day to collectively raise our voices and push for greater awareness, actively implement what we know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care and to push governments [...]...
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Today id World Cancer Day. Here's information about getting involved.
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Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments

Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Such shortages are the new normal in American medicine. But the rationing that results has been largely hidden from patients and the public.
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Great Article by Sheri Fink referencing drug shortages including chemotherapy drugs. 

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Biden staff asks cancer researchers for quick 'moonshot' ideas

Biden staff asks cancer researchers for quick 'moonshot' ideas | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The meeting shows he's aware that he's running out of time to make a big impact on cancer.
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Breast Cancer Patient Protesting Big Pharma’s ‘Death Sentence’ Arrested Outside TPP Talks

Breast Cancer Patient Protesting Big Pharma’s ‘Death Sentence’ Arrested Outside TPP Talks | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Breast cancer patient Zahara Heckscher was arrested for going against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that would hurt many cancer patients.
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2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium #SABCS15

2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium #SABCS15 | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Coverage of the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium"

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Here's a great range of articles  and videos that summarize much of the latest news from the (San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium) #SABCS15 all in one place.

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When Mother and Daughter Both Have Breast Cancer

When Mother and Daughter Both Have Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A Seattle mother and her daughter both have breast cancer. They support each other through arduous treatments and the pain of watching a loved one suffer.
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Great Article by Sumathi Reddy about Beth Caldwell and her mom Colleen ‘Susi’ Stevens  supporting each other while both are going through breast cancer treatment. I am so lucky that I am with Beth at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and I can't wait to blog more about this incredible experience.

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S.A. congressman investigating prescription costs

S.A. congressman investigating prescription costs | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Citing Texans’ complaints of soaring prescription costs, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is leading an effort in Congress seeking causes and remedies. Doggett, D-Austin, has formed an entity called the Prescription Drug Pricing Task Force, and one of the initial efforts is pressuring the Obama administration to use its authority to stem an ongoing rise in the costs of pharmaceuticals. [...] Doggett and allies point to price boosts for many drugs, evidenced in a government study last week showing a 12.2 percent increase last year in prescription drug spending. Leigh Purvis, director of Health Services Research at AARP's Public Policy Institute, has been studying drug pricing since 2004. In a bipartisan investigation, the Senate Finance Committee released emails last week showing that executives of California-based Gilead Sciences were keenly aware of potential public outrage when they set the $84,000 cost for a 12-week treatment of Sovaldi, a potent new drug for hepatitis C. [...] the Senate’s bipartisan Special Committee on Aging is investigating the decision by Turing Pharmaceuticals, formed recently by hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, to raise the price of the anti-infection drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent.."

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Soaring costs of prescription medication is very alarming.

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These Cancer Drugs Cause The Worst ‘Chemobrain’

These Cancer Drugs Cause The Worst ‘Chemobrain’ | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Study suggests patients may want to be wary of chemotherapy treatment that’s been found to cause more cognitive damage.
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To see the study in Jama Oncology go to: http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2473507


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Hospitals Form Patient Advisory Councils to Learn How They Can Improve Care

Hospitals Form Patient Advisory Councils to Learn How They Can Improve Care | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The panels work on projects and policies along with hospital staff—and may help hospitals score higher in measures of patient satisfaction.
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Appropriate Duration of Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer

Appropriate Duration of Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The panelists, Adam M. Brufsky, MD; Hope S. Rugo, MD; Sara A. Hurvitz, MD; and Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD, review methods that help determine the appropriate duration of endocrine therapy for individuals with breast cancer.
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Fascinating discussion of oncologists related to the question of continued endocrine therapy (5-10 years?) for individuals with hormone positive breast cancer. 

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Researchers Take Aim at Metastatic Breast Cancer

Researchers Take Aim at Metastatic Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Activists say the deadliest form of breast cancer has gotten short shrift until now.

Scientists and doctors seeking to unravel some of the mysteries behind the deadliest form of breast cancer have put out a call to patients diagnosed with the disease: Please send us your DNA.

These researchers are creating a national database of patients’ blood and tumor samples, along with their medical records, to better understand what triggers metastatic, or stage IV, breast cancer and how it might be stopped.

Led by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nonprofit academic research institution focused on accelerating the understanding and treatment of disease, the ambitious Metastatic Breast Cancer Project is part of a broader effort to shine a spotlight on a type of cancer that many activists say has gotten short shrift. While prevention and early detection of breast cancer has grown immensely in recent decades, thanks to 30 years of pink-ribbon campaigns, the number of women dying from metastatic breast cancer has remained steady at about 40,000 annually since the 1970s.

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Great article about the fantastic work being done with the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project. 

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He lost his wife to metastatic breast cancer: Letters

He lost his wife to metastatic breast cancer: Letters | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Elevate attention to metastatic cancer On Jan. 29, a bill designating February as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month was signed into Florida law. To date, MBC had only one day obscurely embedded within October's "early stage" Breast Cancer awareness month.

More than 60 percent of Americans claim little or no knowledge about metastatic breast cancer. This is a brutal, insidious and lethal disease claiming more than 110 lives every day in this country. MBC patients, both women and men, and their loved ones are all too aware of metastatic cancer and its accompanying draconian medical treatments and grim prognoses.

My beautiful, vivacious and beloved wife, Diana, who served 30 years defending her country and was one of the first women on Navy ships in the 1970s, fought her MBC with that same courage, fortitude and faith. She lost her valiant battle. Cancer spread to her bones and vital organs, despite the myriad surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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This should be added to many more states.

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Through love, even in death, Louisville woman defeated breast cancer

Through love, even in death, Louisville woman defeated breast cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Family and friends say goodbye to a cancer warrior who never let the disease define her.
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Sad to know she is gone. While there's lots of battle language it appears this was her family expressing their loving thoughts.
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Seattle woman who said she was cancer survivor never had it

Seattle woman who said she was cancer survivor never had it | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A Seattle woman who said she survived breast cancer three times and helped raise over $400,000 for charity never had cancer.
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This is horrible.

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If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don't Give Money to the NFL | Broadly

If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don't Give Money to the NFL | Broadly | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Despite the National Football League's contributions to the American Cancer Society through its official "Crucial Catch" campaign, data shows the league doesn't prioritize much besides its own corporate interests.
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Thank you Gayle for this important article.

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F.D.A. Regulator, Widowed by Cancer, Helps Speed Drug Approval

F.D.A. Regulator, Widowed by Cancer, Helps Speed Drug Approval | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Dr. Richard Pazdur, the Food and Drug Administration’s oncology chief, says his wife’s ordeal was influential in a change that many had advocated but that critics say erodes safeguards.
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Hope in the Face of Death: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Hope in the Face of Death: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"In this issue of CURE magazine, we review the current approaches for the evaluation and treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and what the future holds. In some sense, the future is now, because much of what is going on in laboratories as part of research programs is being translated into clinical trials that are currently ongoing. The last decade has witnessed the introduction of next-generation gene sequencing and other technologies that have shown us that every cancer case is truly unique in the abnormalities that are carried in cancer cells, and that many of these alterations are “drivers” that make cancer grow and spread in an uncontrolled fashion. We have also learned that there are even differences between the cells within an individual tumor, leading to the emergence of resistance to drugs that may be initially effective."

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What's your cancer color?

What's your cancer color? | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Nearly 30 cancer types have inspired a growing collage of hues and patterns. Many people wear their shade proudly to represent their own disease or back a loved one. Others fear the river of colors represents unneeded divisions.
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Article by By Bill Briggs discussing awareness of cancer colors including the overwhelming pink ribbon. Included in the article are insights by Beth Caldwell and the Breast Cancer Consortium.
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SABCS15: 'Weeding the garden' with radiation while continuing breast cancer therapy

SABCS15: 'Weeding the garden' with radiation while continuing breast cancer therapy | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
An ongoing phase IIR/III clinical trial presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium seeks to answer an important question in the treatment of early metastatic breast cancer: Should surgery or stereotactic body radiation be used to 'weed the garden' of a few sites of metastasis while continuing treatment that may still be controlling the initial tumor?
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To see the study go to: http://www.abstracts2view.com/sabcs15/view.php?nu=SABCS15L_1306


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What's Cool at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

What's Cool at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"There is "no real blockbuster study" at next week's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), but there are a multitude of presentations that will potentially expand clinical understanding and improve care, said C. Kent Osborne, MD, director of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He would know. Dr Osborne, who is a long-time breast cancer specialist, has been involved with the meeting since 1978 and, as he has been since 1992, is a director of the gathering again this year.

This year's meeting will feature notable studies on chemotherapy combinations for HER2-positive disease, targeted therapy for metastatic disease with a specific mutation, long-term outcomes of different surgeries for early-stage cancers, and the first-ever trial of a RANKL inhibitor as an adjuvant treatment for breast cancer in postmenopausal women."

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Increased Cancer Risk Seen After False-Positive Mammograms

Increased Cancer Risk Seen After False-Positive Mammograms | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Women with positive mammography screens ultimately judged to be false were still at significantly increased likelihood for developing invasive breast cancer within the next 10 years, a study involving 1.3 million women showed.

The 10-year breast cancer risk was higher by 39% in women who had false-positive mammograms and additional breast imaging as compared with women who had true-negative mammograms, Louise M. Henderson, PhD, of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, and co-authors reported in the December issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention."

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After the new guidelines from the ACS in reference to mammograms comes this study about false-positives indicating odds of developing invasive breast cancer. To see the study go to: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2015/11/09/1055-9965.EPI-15-0623.abstract

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