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Twitter Responds: Reactions to Patients Tweeting about Their Cancer

January 14, 2014

By ASCO ConnectionL Dr. Don Dizon

On one afternoon last week, I sat at my desk working on a paper when my iPhone buzzed, telling me I had a new message. This message, forwarded from my Twitter account, alerted me to an editorial published in the Guardian (which has since been removed because it was “inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code). Entitled “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?,” it was written by Emma Keller and used the tweets of Lisa Bonchek Adams (@AdamsLisa), a woman living with metastatic breast cancer, who has been actively engaged on social media (even before her diagnosis of metastatic disease), including writing her own blog and tweeting actively. She has been hospitalized and has blogged and tweeted about her experience as an inpatient.

MBCN responds: Bill Keller's Misguided NYTimes Op-Ed piece

January 13, 2014

By MBCNbuzz blog

Bill Keller’s op-ed piece on “Heroic Measures”  (January 12, 2014)  contains egregious factual errors. It also misrepresents what metastatic breast cancer is and how it is treated.

Whatever it takes

January 9, 2014

By Cure Today Guest Blogger

Do whatever it takes to keep going.

And that includes ignoring guilt about not being the perfect parent and nasty looks from people who think such a creature exists. As a wife and mom living with cancer, I have started applying the whatever it takes theory to other areas of my life as well. While a "normal person" might say he/she has a lot on their plate, some of us have plates the size of a turkey platter. My day to day can be pretty heavy, so I give myself a pass on the little things like laundry to fold or dishes to wash.

Tackling a Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Survival

December 20, 2013

By Tara Pope-Parker, New York Times

MEMPHIS — After her doctor told her two months ago that she had breast cancer, Debrah Reid, a 58-year-old dance teacher, drove straight to a funeral home. She began planning a burial with the funeral director and his wife, even requesting a pink coffin.

Sensing something was amiss, the funeral director, Edmund Ford, paused. “Who is this for?” he asked. Ms. Reid replied quietly, “It’s for me.”

Dasatinib Added to Aromatase Inhibitor Extends PFS in HER2-Negative MBC - See more at: http://www.onclive.com/conference-coverag

December 18, 2013

By Onc Live

Adding the tyrosine kinase inhibitor dasatinib to standard aromatase inhibitor therapy with letrozole doubled progression-free survival (PFS) compared with letrozole alone in women with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. The PFS endpoint was an exploratory secondary endpoint of a phase II noncomparative clinical trial presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
- See more at: http://www.onclive.com/conference-coverage/sabcs-2013/Dasatinib-Added-to-Aromatase-Inhibitor-Extends-PFS-in-HER2-Negative-MBC?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=OncLive&utm_campaign=SABCS%20(Faslodex)%2012-13-13#sthash.wZLyUTRF.dpuf

Dasatinib may inhibit AI resistance in metastatic breast cancer

December 14, 2013

By Healio

Dasatinib inhibited aromatase inhibitor resistance in postmenopausal women with locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer, according to results of a small phase 2 study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Subgroup Analyses Show Depth of Everolimus Benefit in BOLERO-2

November 26, 2013

By Onc Live

New analyses of the BOLERO-2 trial found that everolimus and exemestane produced significantly longer progression-free survival (PFS) than placebo and exemestane in several previously unstudied patient subgroups. The data were presented at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium.

Novartis chases Pfizer in hot new breast cancer drug area

November 22, 2013

By Reuters

The significance of the new targeted approach to fighting cancer was highlighted in April when U.S. regulators granted a "breakthrough therapy" designation to palbociclib, based on impressive results seen in mid-stage trials.

Penn Study Identifies New Trigger for Breast Cancer Metastasis

November 6, 2013

Researchers have revealed how a reduction in mitochondrial DNA content leads human breast cancer cells to take on aggressive, metastatic properties.

Managing mTOR Inhibitor Side Effects in Breast Cancer

November 5, 2013

By OncLive

Last year the FDA approved everolimus for the treatment of HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer, when given in combination with the aromatase inhibitor (AI) exemestane, in previously treated postmenopausal women, based on findings of the BOLERO-2 trial.

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