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  • Aspirin Controversies

    Posted 4/28/2015 by hhill

      I have written before about the potential benefit of aspirin in reducing the recurrence rate for breast cancer (and, presumably, other cancers, too). Any such recommendations also come with the "Talk with your doctor"  caveat as everyone is different and aspirin can have some downsides. However, this is a unique moment with the publication of two opposing views. One, not directed specifically at cancer patients, suggests that too many Americans take a daily aspirin in spite of the potential risks being greater than the potential individual benefit. The other reinforces the possible positive impact of a daily aspirin on breast cancer recurrence.

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  • Update on Personalized Medicine

    Posted 4/27/2015 by hhill

      Personalized medicine is a phrase that is increasingly used to refer to ongoing attempts to better understand an individual's particular tumor and situation. As we know more about cancer, we understand that there are many kinds of lung or colon or breast cancer, and that the best treatment is likely related to the molecular and genetic make up of the tumor, not just the site of origin.

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  • Charletans and Liars and Special Places in Hell

    Posted 4/24/2015 by hhill

      Sometimes I read something that is so infuriating that I have no words. Generally I am an even-tempered person, rarely angry, but this story from Australia incites rage.

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  • Being Close is More than Sex

    Posted 4/23/2015 by hhill

    Almost everyone going through cancer treatment loses some interest in sex. Some people have no libido, others are willing but find that they can’t physically respond, and a few lucky ones have little change in their normal sexual activity. If you are the partner of a cancer patient, this means that your sex life likely has changed—and not for the better. As is true for all issues that couples face, the most important response is communication. Things will only get worse if you don’t talk about them, and you can be sure that your partner, too, is aware that things are different in your intimate relationship. As awkward as it may feel, it is crucially important to bring up your concerns and feelings. Be sure that you don’t sound accusatory or angry; focus on the love between you, and your wish to be as close as possible as you together go through these hard times.

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  • Dangers of Homeopathy

    Posted 4/22/2015 by hhill

      Homeopathy or homeopathic medicine gets less attention than CAM, but there are some similarities. Specifically, both systems offer treatments that are not evidence-based and that have not been studied and scrutinized as have western medicine. I have written many times about CAM, but I think this is the first time that I have addressed homeopathy. Honestly, I know much less about it, but I do know a few people who are enthusiastic about its value.

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