Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the next frontier in the march towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Most breast cancers we can treat, because most breast cancers have a target we can exploit, that is the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor or the HER2/neu receptor.
Mary had some time to digest the breast cancer diagnosis she certainly did not want to hear, but also wasn’t one hundred percent surprised when it was confirmed. Her family had a history of breast cancer and a favorite aunt, of course, had a terrible time recovering from surgery and
Furtherance of my blog post on inflammatory breast cancer from last month. If you have not yet read it, you may read it here. My breast is red and hot, and Dr. Google says I have inflammatory breast cancer. Dr. Google may seem brilliant, but Dr. Google never graduated from
Not all forms of breast cancer present with an obvious lump. Lumps are not usually physically apparent with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which is a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer. Cancer cells in Inflammatory Breast Cancer block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast, resulting in “inflammatory” symptoms,
“I don’t have a lump, so there’s no way I can have breast cancer.” This statement reflects a misconception, unfortunately. While a lump is the most common tell-tale symptom of breast cancer, the absence of a lump doesn’t mean that breast cancer can’t be present. There are other methods to
This past week Dr. Lygas traveled to Las Vegas to participate in another oncoplastic surgery course continuing in his quest to improve the shape and symmetry of the breast after breast cancer surgery
It is well known that women, who have breast cancer with certain biology, will benefit after their breast cancer surgery by taking Tamoxifen, or a similar substance, for a number of years. However, there are other uses for this medication besides treating a woman who has established breast cancer for
If you feel a lump in your breast or have nipple discharge, don’t automatically assume you have breast cancer. There are benign breast conditions that can also cause lumps and bloody nipple discharge, such as an intraductal papillomas. This is a small non-cancerous tumor that forms in the milk duct
Women choose to get breast implants, either for breast reconstruction but more overwhelmingly for cosmetic reasons. Recently there has been a good deal of news coverage about a connection between breast implants and cancer. This relates to a report that the FDA has released regarding women with breast implants developing
You've most likely seen on TV, ads for home kits like 23andMe and Ancestry.com about your ancestry through saliva testing. 23andMe is now offering the ability to give you health reports as well, and people are curious if these reports can determine if they carry the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, which increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.