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Deadly reality

September 29, 2012

By Lorraine Ash

On one of the first nights after her double mastectomy in October 2010, Carey Weick readjusted herself in her bed and felt a thick warmth run down her side.

Panicked, she knew she'd inadvertently ripped out the stitches that held in place the drains that emptied fluids from her chest.


Patient-focused conference on metastatic breast cancer set for October

September 28, 2012

By Cure

Shortly after I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009 at age 43, the Chicago Tribune published a series of articles highlighting breast cancer awareness month. I was extremely upset that there was no mention whatsoever to the risk of recurrence or any acknowledgement of stage 4 breast cancer. Posting some comments in the online reader response section made me feel better, but even as I hit the "send" button I reflected that no one would ever read my lone response tucked away in the massive archive of a major metropolitan newspaper.

Study Divides Breast Cancer Into Four Distinct Types

September 23, 2012

By Gina Kolata, New York Times

In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers.

Pot compound seen as tool against cancer

September 18, 2012

By Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle

Marijuana, already shown to reduce pain and nausea in cancer patients, may be promising as a cancer-fighting agent against some of the most aggressive forms of the disease.

BRCA Mutations May Be 'Achilles’ Heel' for Some Metastatic Breast Cancers

September 15, 2012

By ScienceDaily

Ongoing research at the Methodist Cancer Center could reveal whether metastatic breast cancer patients with BRCA gene mutations are particularly responsive to a drug regimen that includes Veliparib, an investigational drug believed to hamper cancer cells.


NCI Cancer Bulletin - September

September 4, 2012


High Breast Density Does Not Predict Death among Breast Cancer Patients

High breast density is a strong risk factor for developing breast cancer, but it does not affect a breast cancer patient's risk of death, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.