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Breast cancer prevention and healing news, information and inspiration for THRIVERS of strength & spirit. The Pink Paper is your online source of HOPE. Be empowered. Say "Yes" to Health, Happiness and Hope.
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'Why me?' Helping patients find answers - Editorial

'Why me?' Helping patients find answers - Editorial | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
People with cancer have time to think. Not every patient will think about spiritual matters, but most of us probably do, either alone, or when talking with close family orfriends.

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Husband Photographs Each Stage of His Wife's Battle With Breast Cancer - Enpundit

Husband Photographs Each Stage of His Wife's Battle With Breast Cancer - Enpundit | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Angelo Merendino felt like the luckiest man in the world when he married the love of his life, Jennifer. However, their life took a sudden change when just 5 months after their wedding Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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The 3rd issue of The Pink Paper magazine (August 2012) featured a beautiful photo by Angelo on our cover. The photo was of his wife Jen's dragon boat race team. It's one of my favorite covers.

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How Exercise Makes You Happy

How Exercise Makes You Happy | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Dedicated to creating awareness of the resources that are available to those who struggle with worry, anxiety, or depression.
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Exercise offers so many benefits. Move more! Add 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week and you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much better you feel.

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Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs

Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"SAN ANTONIO — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.

#The study is the first major test of an exercise program for women on aromatase inhibitors. These estrogen-blocking pills, sold as Femara, Aromasin and other brands, are recommended for five years after initial breast cancer treatment for hormone-driven tumors, the most common type.

#The pills also increasingly are being used to help prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of it because of family history, bad genes or other reasons. A separate study found that one of these medicines — anastrozole, sold as Arimidex and in generic form — cut this risk by 53 percent. It’s the second aromatase inhibitor shown to lower risk that much.

#Despite how effective the drugs are, many women shun them because they can cause aches and pains, hot flashes and other side effects. About 15 percent of U.S. women have enough risk to merit considering the pills to prevent breast cancer, yet less than 5 percent take them, said Dr. Powel Brown, a prevention expert at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

#The exercise study involved 121 postmenopausal women taking various aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer who complained of achy joints on a pain survey.

medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence."


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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 9, 1:30 PM

Another benefit to physical activity. 

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No Difference for Aprepitant vs Dexamethasone for Chemotherapy-Induced Delayed Emesis in Patients With Breast Cancer

No Difference for Aprepitant vs Dexamethasone for Chemotherapy-Induced Delayed Emesis in Patients With Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"In a phase III study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Roila et al compared aprepitant vs dexamethasone in prevention of delayed emesis in breast cancer patients treated with anthracycline/cyclophosphamide who had received palonosetron/aprepitant/dexamethasone prophylaxis for acute emesis. They found that the two agents had similar efficacy and toxicity.

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In this multicenter, double-blind trial, 551 chemotherapy-naive patients with breast cancer treated with anthracycline/cyclophosphamide (doxorubicin or epirubicin plus cyclophosphamide with or without fluorouracil [5-FU]) as adjuvant therapy or for metastatic disease received antiemetic prophylaxis with palonosetron at 0.25 mg IV, dexamethasone at 8 mg, and aprepitant at 125 mg prior to administration of chemotherapy. In addition, they were randomly assigned to receive dexamethasone at 4 mg twice daily (n = 273) or aprepitant at 80 mg once daily (n = 278) on days 2 and 3. The primary endpoint was rate of complete response, defined as no vomiting or rescue treatment, from days 2 to 5 after chemotherapy.

The aprepitant and dexamethasone groups were well balanced for age (median, 50 years in both; < 50 years in 43% and 46%, ≥ 65 years in 14% in both), Karnofsky performance status (100 in 99% in both), alcohol consumption (no for 83.5% and 77%), outpatient setting (99% in both), adjuvant therapy (97% and 98.5%), type of chemotherapy (5-FU, epirubicin, cyclophosphamide in 51% in both, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide in 41% in both, doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide in 8% in both), and concurrent drug treatment (benzodiazepines in 5% in both, opioids in 1% and < 1%, NSAIDs in 2% in both, and anti-H2 gastroprotectant drugs in 2% and 4%)."


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EpiCast Report: Breast Cancer - Epidemiology Forecast to 2022

EpiCast Report: Breast Cancer - Epidemiology Forecast to 2022 | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

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Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the breast tissues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world and the most common cancer in women worldwide, accounting for 16% of all female cancers, making the disease exceedingly prevalent Breast cancer accounted for 519,000 deaths worldwide in 2004, of which 47–76% occurred in developing countries in the Americas, the Western Pacific region, and Europe (Mathers et al., 2008). In 2008, an estimated 715,000 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in the more developed regions (Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand and Japan), compared with 577,000 new cases diagnosed in the less developed countries (IARC, 2008). "


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Susan Zager's curator insight, January 2, 12:28 PM

According to the report:
"The total number of incident cases in the 9MM is expected to grow to 1.29 million cases in 2022 at a rate of 4.40% per year. The number of five-year prevalent cases in the 9MM is expected to increase by 43.9% over the next decade to 5,332,301 cases. " 

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Monsanto's Dirty Dozen

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When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find? Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern....

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, May 25, 2013 9:53 PM

“There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases."
~ Organic Consumers Association

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Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up

Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"* Some 14.1 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012

* WHO agency sees new cases up to 19.3 million by 2025

* Experts say marked rise in breast cancer must be addressed

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles.

Cancer deaths were up 8 percent from 7.6 million in a previous survey in 2008 and breast cancer killed 522,000 women last year, up 14 percent in the same period, according to the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

"Breast cancer is also a leading cause of cancer death in the less developed countries of the world," said David Forman, head of IARC's Section of Cancer Information, the group that compiles the global cancer data.

He said this was "partly because a shift in lifestyles is causing an increase in incidence, and partly because clinical advances to combat the disease are not reaching women living in these regions."

An estimated 14.1 million people developed cancer in 2012, up from 12.7 million in 2008. And 1.7 million women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer last year, up by more than 20 percent from 2008.

IARC's report, called GLOBOCAN 2012, gives the most up-to-date estimates for 28 different types of cancer in 184 countries and offers an overview of the global cancer burden.

It found that the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide in men and women combined were lung, breast and colorectal cancers. The most common causes of cancer death were lung, liver and stomach cancers.


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Susan Zager's curator insight, December 12, 2013 8:56 AM

According to this article breast cancer killed 522,000 women last year and is on the rise worldwide.  

theresa berry's curator insight, December 19, 2013 1:03 PM

i think its crazy that cancer spreads across the nation that we can't stop it and i worry being 18 and not knowing what my chances are or how it can be stopoped and if cancer is already there. the doctors i know do what they can to catch it or stop it but cancer seems to be winning at this taking life instead of saving it. 

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Exercise improves drug-associated joint pain in breast cancer survivors

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"SAN ANTONIO — Breast cancer survivors taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) such as anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane experienced a reduction in joint pain if they exercised while on treatment, according to results presented here at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 10-14.

Five years of AI use after surgery or other primary treatment is recommended for postmenopausal women diagnosed with stages 1-3 hormone receptor-positive breast cancers, which account for nearly 70 percent of all newly diagnosed breast cancer cases. Up to 50 percent of patients on AIs report experiencing arthralgia, or joint pain and stiffness. This side effect is the most common reason patients stop taking the drug.

"AIs play an important role in the effective treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer," said Melinda L. Irwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of chronic disease epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Yale Cancer Center. "Unfortunately, many patients discontinue the drug because of its unpleasant side effects. In this study, we discovered that exercise improves joint pain, the most common side effect of AI use. These results are a promising first step in developing clinical interventions that can improve AI-associated joint pain and, in turn, AI adherence, breast cancer survival, and quality of life."

In this randomized trial, Irwin and colleagues investigated the impact of a yearlong exercise program compared with usual care on women who were taking AIs and experiencing joint pain. Measures of worst pain, pain severity, and pain interference dropped 20 percent among participants who were assigned to the exercise program, compared with modest increases or no change in joint pain among participants who were assigned to usual care. Exercisers experienced these improvements regardless of age; disease stage; whether they received chemotherapy, radiation, or both; and how long they had been taking AIs.

The researchers also observed a dose-response effect: Women who attended at least 80 percent of the supervised exercise sessions experienced a 25 percent decrease in worst pain scores, while women who attended fewer than 80 percent of the supervised exercise sessions experienced a 14 percent decrease. Similarly, women who experienced a 5 percent increase in cardiorespiratory fitness had a 29 percent decrease in worst pain scores, compared with a 7 percent decrease in worst pain scores among women who experienced a smaller increase in cardiorespiratory fitness."


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NeoALTTO Analysis Finds Significant Link Between pCR and Survival

NeoALTTO Analysis Finds Significant Link Between pCR and Survival | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Pathologic complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy had a significant correlation with survival in early HER2-positive breast cancer after 4 years of follow-up, according to a new analysis of the NeoALTTO trial presented at the 36th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). The hazard for event-free survival (EFS) was 65%-70% lower for patients who achieved pCR than for those who did not. The follow-up analysis also confirmed the primary outcome of NeoALTTO: dual HER2 blockade with trastuzumab and lapatinib led to a significantly higher pCR rate than did either drug by itself, Martine Piccart-Gebhart, MD, PhD, lead author of the study reported. “Patients who achieved pCR had significantly better event-free survival and overall survival compared with no pCR, irrespective of the treatment arm,” said Piccart-Gebhart, section head in breast diseases at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and chair of the Breast International Group. “I believe that our results will be vital for the process of drug development in the field of early HER2-positive breast cancer.” Her presentation provided an update of the multicenter NeoALTTO trial (Neoadjuvant Lapatinib and/or Trastuzumab Treatment Optimization), involving 455 patients with HER2-positive breast tumors >2 cm in diameter. Patients were randomly assigned to preoperative therapy with paclitaxel and lapatinib, paclitaxel and trastuzumab, or paclitaxel plus both anti-HER2 drugs. Neoadjuvant therapy with dual HER2 inhibition significantly improved the odds of pCR in patients with early HER2-positive breast cancer. Patients who received a single anti-HER2 agent had similar rates of pCR. "


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Piccart-Gebhart M, Holmes AP, de Azambuja E, et al. The association between event-free survival and pathological complete response to neoadjuvant lapatinib, trastuzumab, or their combination in HER2-positive breast cancer. Survival follow-up analysis of the NeoALTTO study.  Presented at: the 36th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; December 10-14, 2013; San Antonio, TX. Abstract S1-01. 
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Dandelion Root Coffee Alternative Recipe

Dandelion Root Coffee Alternative Recipe | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
This Dandelion Root Coffee is a fantastic liver cleanser, blood purifier, useful for stomachaches and beneficial for hypoglycemia and high blood pressure.

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Eating Flowers for Health, Flavor and More

Eating Flowers for Health, Flavor and More | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Edibles Flowers? Often overlooked as a food source, many flowers taste great, and offer many health benefits. Learn to enjoy their beauty AND food value.

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What is Cinnamon Good For? - Mercola.com

What is Cinnamon Good For? - Mercola.com | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Learn more about cinnamon nutrition facts, health benefits, healthy recipes, and other fun facts to enrich your diet.

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Cinnamon is so easy to add to recipes, tastes delicious and is hugely beneficial to our health.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:43 PM

Excerpt fromThe 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

By Jonny Bowden

According to C. Leigh Broadhurst, PhD, in her excellent book on diabetes, the best way to use cinnamon to help lower blood sugar and improve type 2 diabetes is to put 3 rounded tablespoons of ground cinnamon and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking sodea (less if sodium is a problem for you) in a 32-ounce (quart) canning jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and let it steep at room temperature till it's cool. Strain or decant the liquid, discard the grounds, put a lid on the jar, and stick it in the fridge. Drink one 8-ounce cup of the tea four times per dy. After one to three weeks you can drop down to one or two cups a day. Type 1 diabetics can use it too, but should start with only one or two cups per day and increase by one cup per week, monitoring blood sugar closely.


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Dion Taylor's curator insight, December 15, 2013 5:22 PM

As found in our Biscotti and Granolas...

Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:34 AM

I sprinkle cinnamon on most of my breakfast staples such as oatmeal a nd coffee 

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Social media is a conversation, not a press release.

Social media is a conversation, not a press release. | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Last week was a curious one. First, Guardian writer Emma G. Keller wrote a cancer-shaming article [archived here] on metastastic breast cancer sufferer Lisa Adams’ social media presence. It was an oddly callous piece—but that was not its only fault. Emma Keller admitted that she had conversed with the subject via email and DM on Twitter without telling her that she was doing a story about her, and quoted Lisa Adams’ private direct messages without as much of a notification, let alone a permission. Emma Keller’s piece also greatly misrepresented what was happening with Lisa Adams.

I knew the misrepresentation because I’d been following Lisa Adams and a few other metastatic cancer patients for the last year because I wanted to write a piece on now social media makes visible that which was previously less visible and more isolating—like terminal illness, or metastatic breast cancer, especially for those whose story does not fit into happy narratives of survivors showered in pink paraphernalia. The disease kills many, including those who do everything right including early detection, while fairly little of research funding goes to how to stop or slow the disease in this last (so-called fourth) stage—and people like Lisa Adams are serving an important role in disrupting the dominant, pink-drenched ribbon of early detection, hardship, survival and happily-ever-long-after. So, I’d been following her for awhile—which is why as soon as I read Emma G. Keller’s piece, I was struck by the level of the misunderstanding. It was as if Keller had not done her research.

Unsurprisingly, Emma G Keller received a huge backlash for the piece, mostly on Twitter. Oddly, even though she had tweeted out “tell me what you think” about her piece, she refused to engage in a conversation on Twitter. She wanted everyone to go to her article and leave comments there. This was extra insensitive since racking up page-views at the expense of a cancer patient seems worse than cold, but also because if hundreds and thousands of people you are writing about, including the subject of your article herself, angrily contest your interpretation, it should behoove a journalist to listen and learn, rather than get defensive and double-down.

Yet double down is exactly what Bill Keller did this week in a new column in the New York Times which pretty much repeats Emma Keller’s, whom we learn is his wife, oddly mistaken read of what is happening to Lisa Adams and completely misunderstands why people are outraged. And goes on in the same vein what I can only call cancer-shaming—don’t tweet so much, and pretty much calls her on to accept her fate “with grace and courage”, quoting someone who “perused” the Lisa Adams’ blog, directly implying that Lisa Adams was neither graceful nor courageous."

 


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Susan Zager's curator insight, January 13, 2:33 PM

This article gets it right. The write Zeynep Tukefci makes some important points about how Lisa Adams is educationg people about common misunderstandings related to breast cancer which are:

1) Unlike the pink-drenched narrative, breast cancer is not always survived, even if caught early and the patient does everything right.

2) Palliative care is not for the last few weeks of life to be availed of only as last resort, and can be crucial to better quality-of-life throughout all stages of major diseases, especially a painful one like cancer.

3) Clinical trials are not just last-ditch efforts. Lisa Adams was receiving “standard of care”—what she would have gotten if she were not in a clinical trial, during the trial.

4) Many people “live” with metastatic breast cancer fully knowing that it will eventually kill them in months or years, but there is still much that can be done to prolong life and improve its quality."

Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 13, 9:28 PM

We simply must move to a place of non-judgment.  Cancer survivors have the right to choose how they go through the experience.  This means they need fact based information from their care providers and care providers need to be aware of their own potential biases and filters...and recall "do no harm" over cure at all costs approaches. 

 

My late husband was often strongly criticized for his treatment choices and I for supporting those choices.  Did I want him in my life for as long as possible?  Absolutely.  When he did his research and chose to pass on attempting a bone marrow transplant and instead spent six months researching to production design a film for Oliver Stone, traveling first class to places like Morroco, Africa, Paris, London, Viet Nam and more and dining with kings and riding elephants I had faith that he was making the best informed choice for him.  For some people, quality of life means more than quantity of days...and, no, I never felt this or his keeping the terminal diagnosis he received three months before his death secret was selfish.  He was trying to live an extraordinary life under very challenging circumstances while protecting me the best he knew how...and I love him for this.

 

Until we walk in the shoes of another, let us not judge and for those who dare give voice to the challenge, pain and courage it takes to go through cancer, let them speak...you don't have to listen, though in doing so I believe we can be inspired.

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Healing prayer offers comfort from array of pain - The Catholic Sun

Healing prayer offers comfort from array of pain - The Catholic Sun | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
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Healing prayer offers comfort from array of pain
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Besides quarterly Masses, Our Lady of Mount Carmel also offers healing services every first Sunday and healing prayer on first Mondays.
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Breast Cancer Magazine CT :: The Pink Paper :: Homepage

Breast Cancer Magazine CT :: The Pink Paper :: Homepage | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
The Pink Paper~Online oasis of Health, Happiness and Hope. More than a breast cancer magazine; your source for empowerment, information and inspiration.
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Breast cancer survivors filled with confidence thanks to tattoos

Breast cancer survivors filled with confidence thanks to tattoos | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"The last straw for Susan Duarte was when her nipple fell off.

Her double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery now 11 years behind her, Duarte suffered a fate common for breast cancer survivors: one of her surgically reconstructed nipples didn’t take, and it simply dropped off.

Coming after surgery and cancer treatments, the setback was an almost-comical final ignominy, and one she didn’t have the energy to fight. So she resigned herself to her new reality: one nipple, and a sexless life.

“I didn’t take my clothes off for 12 years,” the brazen, vivacious San Jose native said recently.

Her body wasn’t whole. But at least she was alive.

Several years later, Duarte’s sister, Cindy Dalton, was also diagnosed with cancer. She, too, went through a double mastectomy — but their lives have since changed dramatically.

Just ask them about their breasts — which look normal and whole, with surgery scars and all.

Both women opted for a surgery-free solution to complete their breast reconstructions: getting lifelike nipples applied via tattoos from San Francisco-based artist Sasha Merritt, who is one of a few artists in the United States providing an increasingly popular service for cancer survivors.

What Merritt does sounds remarkably simple. She matches a woman’s skin pigmentation with a custom-mixed ink, and uses light and shadow to draw nipples that look, even a few feet away, just like the real thing. 


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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 6, 4:12 PM

Art heals.  Bless Sasha Merritt for improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.  Whatever a survivors chooses - reconstruction, no reconstruction, tattooed nipples, wig, head scarf, stopping treatment - respect that choice.  Survivors have the right to choose what is best for them.  Support and honor them...and support people like Sasha who are there to help.

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Six cancer centers to share $540 million research gift

Six cancer centers to share $540 million research gift | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"In one of the largest-ever donations to cancer research, Ludwig Cancer Research of New York City announced today that it is contributing $540 million to try to resolve continuing mysteries about how cancer starts, spreads and can be thwarted.

The unrestricted money for six cancer research centers established by earlier Ludwig donations is intended as a final gift from the philanthropy founded by the late Daniel Ludwig, a shipping magnate and real estate owner, which has now contributed $2.5 billion globally to cancer research.

The six centers, launched in 2006 with initial grants from Ludwig, are each expected to invest their $90 million and spend the annual income from those investments – about $4 million to $5 million – to fund basic scientific research.

Each of the six centers will have a different research focus. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scientists will address the problem of cancer's spread, known as metastasis.

"Metastasis is ultimately responsible for 90% of cancer-associated mortality," said cancer biologist Robert Weinberg, who directs the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT.

Despite the lethal power of metastasis, Weinberg said scientists still can't answer basic questions about it, such as: how do cancer cells get out of the primary tumor, how do they escape to form secondary tumors elsewhere in the body, "and finally, is it possible to attack cancer cells once they've launched metastases, or have they acquired a degree of resistance that will ultimately thwart all of our attempts to eliminate them?"


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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 7, 5:04 PM

Metastatic disease getting a closer look thanks to a major donation.  The past year has seen a significant increase in awareness around the unique challenges of living with metastic cancer thanks, in part, to many of the health advocates out there like Jody Schoger, quoted in this article.  Great to see efforts translate into meaningful action.

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A Call for Clarity on Mammography's Benefits and the Value of Early Detection

A Call for Clarity on Mammography's Benefits and the Value of Early Detection | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"It's a holiday week. But when the New York Times published another op-ed by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute on yet another, misleading two-author analysis of breast cancer screening by him and one other scientist, I thought it worth noting some concerns.

The issue is that educated, middle-aged women are being nudged, and frightened, and even charmed into not going for mammography. Nudged, by papers like the current Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA paper, which acknowledges controversy about statistics and then goes on to report a low range for how many lives are saved by screening. Frightened, by headlines that highlight the risks of overdiagnosis, a statistical concept. If a woman finds out she has an early-stage breast tumor, she and her doctor can decide how much therapy she should have based on the molecular subtype of her tumor, stage and other factors. And charmed, yes -- by the false notion that breast cancer is often nothing to worry about, that in many cases it can be let alone. That it might just disappear.

For now, let's examine the JAMA paper's hype about harms from false positives. The authors state that among 1,000 U.S. women age 50 years who are screened annually for a decade, "490 to 670 will have 1 false alarm." But as detailed in Table 2, it turns out the range for women who undergo false-positive biopsies is far lower: between approximately 50 and 100 per thousand women, depending on the age group and study from which the authors draw the data. What this means, according to the numbers they've culled, is that fewer than 1 in 10 women would undergo a breast biopsy, and not have cancer, per decade of screening."


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4 Ways to Use Music as Medicine

4 Ways to Use Music as Medicine | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Music has been used as medicine since humanity began. Discover 4 ways to harness the healing powers of harmony at home.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:23 AM


I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
—Billy Joel


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:17 AM

In find that music really can affect my mood and that classical symphonic music is the most relaxing.

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From lullabies to funeral songs, music is a part of our lives from the moment we enter the world, until the moment we leave it.

—Diane Snyder-Cowan


  1. Make your own music
  2. Travel to another time or place
  3. Match tempo to temper
  4. Highlight hobbies


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PIK3CA gene mutations make HER2- and hormone receptor-positive breast cancers treatment-resistant

PIK3CA gene mutations make HER2- and hormone receptor-positive breast cancers treatment-resistant | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"SAN ANTONIO — Women with breast cancer characterized by high levels of the protein HER2 and hormone receptors gained much less benefit from presurgery treatment with chemotherapy and HER2-targeted therapies if their cancer had one or more mutations in the PIK3CA gene, according to results presented here at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 10-14.

Treatment given to shrink or eliminate a tumor before surgery is called neoadjuvant therapy. In some women with breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant therapy, no residual invasive cancer can be detected in breast tissue samples and lymph nodes removed during surgery. Emerging data suggest that these women, who are said to have had a pathologic complete response, have a greater chance of long-term survival compared with women who do not have a pathologic complete response.

"Mutations in the PIK3CA gene are among the most common genetic aberrations in breast cancer," said Sibylle Loibl, M.D., professor at the German Breast Group in Neu-Isenburg, Germany. "We found that very few women with HER2- and hormone receptor-positive breast cancer with a PIK3CA mutation experienced a pathologic complete response after receiving neoadjuvant therapy.

"We need to identify new treatment options for this group of patients and evaluate them in clinical trials," continued Loibl. "We also need to integrate PIK3CA mutation analysis of breast tumors into routine practice so that we can ensure women receive the most appropriate neoadjuvant therapy for their tumor type."

Loibl and colleagues investigated whether the presence of a PIK3CA mutation affected patients enrolled in the GeparSixto (G6) clinical trial in experiencing a pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant therapy. There were 595 participants in the G6 clinical trial, and information on the presence or absence of PIK3CA gene mutations was available for 512,240 with HER2-postive breast cancer and 272 with triple-negative breast cancer." 


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Elizabeth Edwards' daughter weighs in on metastatic breast cancer

Elizabeth Edwards' daughter weighs in on metastatic breast cancer | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"It isn't surprising that Cate Edwards would take up the breast cancer banner in memory of her mother. As the oldest child in a political family, Cate concedes that it is not in her nature to nod and move on.

She was in law school when her mother died, leaving Cate and her younger brother Jack, 10, and younger sister Emma, 12. Her brother Wade died in a car accident in 1997.

"My work is with Count Us, Know Us, Join Us," she says, referring to the online clearinghouse of support for women and their caregivers facing advanced breast cancer. Edwards is at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium as the ambassador for the program, launched by Novartis last year.

"I want to bring awareness and support to women living with metastatic breast cancer, a group for whom there is no cure. Women with metastatic breast cancer are very isolated," she says, thus the website, which offers an online community connection through Inspire that allows women and men and caregivers to communicate with a similar community.

While awareness of metastatic disease is her primary goal, Cate says another important aspect of the campaign is to give caregivers tools for support and education.

Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and her cancer recurred in 2007. She died in December 2010."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, December 13, 2013 5:33 AM

It was so exciting to hear Cate Edwards speak live at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium during a special patient advocate meeting.launched by Novartis. Her goal of bringing awareness to Metatstaic Breast Cancer through Count Us, Know Us , Join Us, as well as the roll of caretakers is remarkable. To find out more about Count Us, Know Us, Join Us the "online clearinghouse of support for women and their caretakers facing advanced breast cancer" go to the link at: http://advancedbreastcancercommunity.org/countus/


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We need to find ways to support women with Metastatic disease

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Switching Chemo Regimen After Cycle 1 Not Beneficial in Metastatic Breast Cancer - Chemotherapy Advisor

Switching Chemo Regimen After Cycle 1 Not Beneficial in Metastatic Breast Cancer - Chemotherapy Advisor | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"SAN ANTONIO—Switching to a second-line chemotherapy regimen after one cycle of first-line therapy does not improve overall survival (OS) or time to progression among women with metastatic breast cancer and elevated peripheral-bloodstream circulating tumor cells (CTCs), according to the prospective randomized phase 3 Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG) S0500 clinical study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Despite the disappointing findings, CTCs were found to be “highly prognostic in the setting of metastatic breast cancer,” noted Jeffrey B. Smerage, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

“This study confirmed that patients who have low numbers of CTCs before starting chemotherapy have much better survival,” noted Dr. Smerage. “They had a median OS of 35 months, which means that half of these patients lived 3 years or longer, and some substantially longer. On the other hand, patients for whom CTCs remained elevated after one cycle of chemotherapy had substantially worse survival. They had a median overall survival of only 13 months.”


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20 Natural Pain Killers

20 Natural Pain Killers | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
1 - Ginger (muscle pain) 2 - Apple Cider Vinegar (heartburn) 3 - Clove (toothache) 4 - Garlic (earache) 5 - Cherries (headache / joint pain) 6 - Fish (stomach pain) 7 - Grapes (back pain) 8 - Yogurt (prevents PMS) 9 - Oats (Endrometrial) 10 - Salt...

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DIY OxyClean at Home!

DIY OxyClean at Home! | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

This DIY OxyClean is inexpensive, works well, and is simple. It is definitely something that, once you know it, you'll want to continue using it for the rest of your life. It is especially perfect for whitening without bleach when you need to whiten a delicate fabric that you wouldn't dare to bleach with any kind of harsh chemicals. It is a very gentle cleaner for stains, too. There are two ways to use it and only two ingredients.


*Hydrogen peroxide
*Baking soda


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This works so well and it's only 2 ingredients!

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