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  • Diet and Breast Cancer Risk

    Posted 9/14/2014 by hhill
      I have said it a thousand times before, and I will say it a thousand times again. What you ate (or didn't eat) did not cause breast cancer. While we are at it, stress did not cause it either. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Pathological Complete Response and Prognosis

    Posted 9/13/2014 by hhill
      This is a fairly geeky entry that likely will hold enormous interest for some of you and little for most others. To decode the title: "Pathological Complete Response" (pCR) means that no cancer is seen in the specimen/pathologoy report from surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. As you likely know, neoadjuvant chemotherapy is treatment that is given before definitive breast cancer surgery, after only a biopsy. This is the choice when a cancer is especially nasty, and the goal is to start treating it ASAP or when the tumor is large, and the hope is to shrink it so that a lumpectomy, rather than a mastectomy, will be possible. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Depression Often Not Treated

    Posted 9/12/2014 by hhill
      Without giving it much thought, most non-cancer people likely would assume that cancer and depression often go hand in hand.  Those of us who reside in Cancer World likely would dispute or at least not automatically accent that belief. Of course some cancer patients have major depression, but most studies have found that the incidence parallels that in the general population--meaning that the same percentage of cancer patients have major depression as a similar pool of people without cancer. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Sex and Exercise and Antidepressants

    Posted 9/11/2014 by hhill
      Don't you love this triplet: sex and excercise and antidepressants? Standing alone, each one has been the topic of many blog entries, and now there is an opportunity to weave them together. We know that a common side effect of antidepressants is diminished (or extinguished) libido. Since that is also a common side effect or consequence of breast cancer treatment, many women are very reluctant to take these medications for depression. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Avoid the Soy

    Posted 9/9/2014 by hhill
      It is rare for me to go out on a limb with a strongly expressed opinion about something that isn't solid information. In this case, however, it is easy. The benefit or danger (depends whom you ask or what you read) about soy has been debated and confusing. Traditionally, the thought has been that soy, because it is a plant estrogen, might be a bad idea for women with ER positive tumors. More recently, that concern has been rejected and women have been told to avoid soy supplements (meaning large quantities), but not to worry about moderate consumption. That has again been called into question. Read more... Comments (0)
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