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Even before the Human Genome Project blossomed with a map of all the genes in the body some genes had been identified as putting people at high risk for serious diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer. Actress Angelina Jolie is making news because she chose to have both breasts removed, [...]
It wasn’t so long ago for you and me – and still is for millions of others – that whatever the doctor said was all that mattered. And usually the doctor didn’t say all that much. He or she would tell you what they thought was wrong with you and what they were going to [...]
In a few days my cousin will have breast surgery. She doesn’t know if it will be a lumpectomy or more. That uncertainty is scary.
The problem is that we are still not quite at the level of imaging and seeing inside the body that the doctor on Star Trek, “Bones,” was able to achieve [...]
Watch Andrew’s latest video blog from Chicago where he attended the 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting.
The news wasn’t good this week for women concerned about breast cancer.
First came the story that some women were diagnosed with breast cancer, very early stage, had treatment – including disfiguring surgery – and then found out they never had cancer in the first place. The pathologist goofed, maybe even a second pathologist also [...]
My wife and family are alternately happy and unhappy about the prospect of me headed out of town to attend two medical conventions in a row. When they need me they REALLY need me, and when they have plenty else to do, I could be on the moon and they wouldn’t miss me. Oh well, [...]
I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago when it became clear the American Cancer Society was mulling over whether screening recommendations should be changed for breast and prostate cancers.
The concern, of course is, are some indolent, non-aggressive cancers suspected or discovered and patients are harmed with invasive tests and/or unnecessary or premature [...]
It hit the paper this week. The American Cancer Society is revising its position on screening for breast and prostate cancer because of concerns we may be identifying cancers that are almost benign or might even go away on their own, and that overtreatment is causing harm.
We’ve already talked about this on many Patient [...]