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Armstrong: Son's trust 'makes it even sicker'

One night after Lance Armstrong finally admitted to being the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme, the disgraced former cyclist continued his exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey on Friday night.
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Radiation Therapy for Patients with Invasive Breast Cancer: 3 Weeks Proves as Effective as 5 Weeks

Radiation Therapy for Patients with Invasive Breast Cancer: 3 Weeks Proves as Effective as 5 Weeks | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"START A enrolled 2,236 women with complete surgical excision of stage I to III invasive breast cancer with one involved lymph node and no known metastasis. Patients were randomly assigned to 50 Gy delivered in 25 fractions over 5 weeks (control group) vs 39 Gy or 41.66 Gy delivered in 13 fractions over 5 weeks.

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Virginia woman, Allana Maiden, petitions Victoria’s Secret to make bras for breast cancer survivors 

Virginia woman, Allana Maiden, petitions Victoria’s Secret to make bras for breast cancer survivors  | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A Virginia woman has garnered online support for her request to Victoria's Secret: Make bras that breast cancer survivors can wear with pride.
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Swedish Woman Undergoes 2 Years of Chemotherapy Before Learning She Never Had Cancer

Swedish Woman Undergoes 2 Years of Chemotherapy Before Learning She Never Had Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A hospital in Sweden subjected a woman to two years of chemotherapy before realizing that she had never had cancer.
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What a horrible nightmare. That poor woman. Kind of scary. The only part of the story is the hope that if you are Stage IV and they made a mistake-the relief. But also there would be intense anger at what you had been put through. i can't imagine this happening.

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A rising epidemic of breast cancer in northern india

A rising epidemic of breast cancer in northern india | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"As per ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) incidence of breast cancer has nearly doubled in the last 24 years. One in every 22 women is likely to develop breast cancer and it is fast becoming the number one cancer among urban women. As per the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), India could see around 250,000 new cases of breast cancer by 2015."

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Close-Up: When Hospice Patients Live Too Long

Close-Up: When Hospice Patients Live Too Long | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Across the country, Medicare is cracking down on the hospice industry's growing habit of embracing those whose deaths aren't imminent.
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:38 PM
How horrible that people who deserve hospice care will now be told they can't have it because they are living longer with the care. What's wrong with this picture?
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Walmart apologizes after breast cancer survivor humiliated

Walmart apologizes after breast cancer survivor humiliated | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Walmart has issued an apology after a breast cancer survivor said she felt compelled to show her mastecomy scar to be able to return a $13 book.
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:53 PM
This is awful. People can be so stupid sometimes.
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New Law to improve breast cancer detection taking effect Saturday

New Law to improve breast cancer detection taking effect Saturday | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The end of 2002 was a year that Patti McGee would never forget.

That December, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it raised some questions.
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Emory Gets $10 Million For Breast Cancer

Emory Gets $10 Million For Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Emory University's cancer center has received $10 million in gifts to fund a center for breast cancer research and treatment.
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Simple blood test that predicts if breast cancer is likely to return

Simple blood test that predicts if breast cancer is likely to return | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Alberta said the test could give an early warning that would spare some women unnecessary treatment with gruelling anti-cancer drugs.
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:47 PM
This would be great if it works. We'll have to watch and wait.
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a time for such a word: Yes, Lance Armstrong

a time for such a word: Yes, Lance Armstrong | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

" Lance Armstrong was not a man, he was an idea; an American myth like Honest Abe and Johnny Appleseed. He was the little engine, brutalized by illness and then savaged by opponents, who could anyway, somebody who shrugged off hate and always took the high road.

I love a good myth."

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Official Statement from the LIVESTRONG Foundation

Official Statement from the LIVESTRONG Foundation | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
In response to Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey...
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:43 PM
This whole situation with Lance Armstrong is really discouraging. I now wonder if he even had Stage IV cancer. Maybe he is lying about that too. This is very sad.At the same time his foundation has done such incredible work and that can't be denied. What a shame.
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Brave Mel takes cancer fight to Brazil

Brave Mel takes cancer fight to Brazil | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

INSPIRATIONAL mum Melanie O’Neill is taking her fight to beat breast cancer to South America.

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Ex-Teammate on Armstrong Interview: Cyclist Showed 'Genuine Emotion'

Ex-Teammate on Armstrong Interview: Cyclist Showed 'Genuine Emotion' | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Armstrong tells son 'don't defend me anymore.'
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This is very disappointing for so many reasons.

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New Method To Diagnose Hereditary Breast And Ovarian Cancer

New Method To Diagnose Hereditary Breast And Ovarian Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Researchers of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have developed and validated a new method to diagnose hereditary breast and ovarian
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GWH surgeon backs new cancer care

GWH surgeon backs new cancer care | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A CONSULTANT breast surgeon at the Great Western Hospital has given his support to the news that thousands of healthy women could be offered breast cancer drugs to cut their chances of developing the disease.
Susan Zager's insight:

It is so intersting that they are starting to use tamoxifen in Great Britian as preventative for breast cancer instead of prophylactic mastectomies. There's side effects and it raises a lot of questions. I don't know whether this will catch on in the US.

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Hannon Announces New State Law to Enhance Fight Against Breast Cancer | NewsLI.com

Hannon Announces New State Law to Enhance Fight Against Breast Cancer | NewsLI.com | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
(Long Island, N.Y.) “Effective, January 19th, a new state law will enhance the fight against breast cancer,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). The new
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:57 PM
I am happy they are putting this in to law. It could have helped me since I had dense breasts and only mammograms where it didn't show up. I should have been having ultrasounds too.
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Forest Grove student asked to remove breast cancer awareness t-shirt

Forest Grove student asked to remove breast cancer awareness t-shirt | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A seventh-grader at Neil Armstrong Middle School said she was told to take off a Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure t-shirt because it violated school policy.
Susan Zager's insight:

Normally I would think it silly to make the student wear a different short, but when it comes to Komen the shirts are all one big advertisement for companies and not really about breast cancer.

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Understanding cell organization to tackle cancer

Understanding cell organization to tackle cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Scientists have identified how cells know which way up they need to be. The discovery could help in the fight against cancer because in the early stages of the disease the cells become dis-organized.
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Consultations Between Patients With Breast Cancer and Surgeons: A Pathway From Patient-Centered Communication to Reduced Hopelessness

Consultations Between Patients With Breast Cancer and Surgeons: A Pathway From Patient-Centered Communication to Reduced Hopelessness | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Patient-centered communication (PCC) affects psychosocial health outcomes of patients. However, these effects are rarely direct, and our understanding of such effects are largely based on self-report (v observational) data. More information is needed on the pathways by which concrete PCC behaviors affect specific psychosocial outcomes in cancer care. We hypothesized that PCC behaviors increase the satisfaction of patients with surgeons, which, in turn, reduces the postconsultation hopelessness of patients. "

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TORn in Two Over Breast Cancer Drug Resistance

TORn in Two Over Breast Cancer Drug Resistance | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Akt, and the tumor suppressor, PTEN.[4] Not surprisingly, these discoveries have driven investigators to develop drugs for many of the PI3K/mTOR pathway proteins. Much of the effort has focused on new drug derivatives of rapamycin (termed rapalogs), which selectively inhibit the downstream protein kinase complex, mTORC1, but not mTORC2. However, more recent work has expanded to include development of inhibitors that target multiple components within the PI3K/mTOR pathway."

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Convicted bookkeeper gets another year in prison after fake breast cancer claim

Convicted bookkeeper gets another year in prison after fake breast cancer claim | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A thieving church bookkeeper who faked breast cancer to avoid reporting to prison has netted more time behind bars for her trickery.
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Breast cancer group to offer supportive atmosphere

Breast cancer group to offer supportive atmosphere | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Tammy Griffin can't wait to welcome fellow breast cancer survivors to a new support group in Shreveport.
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Oral breast cancer vaccine may offer new prevention tool

Oral breast cancer vaccine may offer new prevention tool | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—A new oral vaccine that produces a novel two-pronged immune system attack on cancer cells could be effective in preventing breast cancer recurrence, according to findings from a collaborative research team from the University...
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Susan Zager's comment, January 19, 2013 2:44 PM
It would be great if this works. Only time will tell.
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Akt2 Expression Is Associated With Good Long-Term Prognosis in Oestrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer - OncologySTAT

Akt2 Expression Is Associated With Good Long-Term Prognosis in Oestrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer - OncologySTAT | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Results of an analysis of data from a group of postmenopausal patients with breast cancer indicate that AKT2 expression is an independent prognostic factor for distant recurrence-free survival in women with ER+ disease and that the effect of AKT2 is long term."

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