Research Worth Watching

Research Worth Watching: Breast Cancer Screening Options

Joan Lunden’s post on Instagram —#10yearchallenge —reminded me how important it is to educate women about breast density and how it may affect breast health. Basically, the breast is formed of milk ducts (usually collapsed if you are not breast feeding) that are...

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Research Worth Watching: Overview from San Antonio 2018

The Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium has been going on since 1977! From a one-day regional conference, the Symposium has grown to a five-day international meeting attended by advocates, clinicians, basic scientists and pharmaceutical companies from over 90...

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Research Tells Us: Never Assume

The reading I’ve done over the past several weeks has reminded me yet again why it is critical that we go back and question our assumptions about cancer. Assumptions are rooted in the scientific process. Science is all about observing certain phenomena and then...

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Research Worth Watching-Breastfeeding: Benefits vs. Politics

I was among the many who were shocked to learn that this spring the United States pushed Ecuador to drop a resolution in support of breastfeeding it had intended to introduce in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. The benefits of...

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Research Worth Watching: New Treatments for Brain Metastases

Breast cancer becomes deadly when it metastasizes—spreads to other parts of the body. For decades, we’ve been focused on developing treatments that will keep early-stage breast cancer from recurring. Now, researchers are spending more time studying how and where...

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Research Worth Watching: Menopausal Hormone Therapy Update

The discussions and arguments  about the use of hormones to get women through menopause were a prominent part of my early career. To help women understand the reasons for the debate, I wrote a book  about menopause and hormones in 2003. Because I was questioning...

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Research Worth Watching: Questioning the Story

I was recently reminded of the way we make progress in clinical research: with stories. We observe a clinical phenomenon and make up a hypothesis (story) as to why it happens—and we run with it, until proven wrong. When I started as a breast surgeon, like everyone...

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Research Worth Watching: Metastatic Disease

The amount of research now being done on the hows, whys, and whens of metastatic disease is staggering. This work has been made possible by a technological advance that allows scientists to analyze the circulating tumor cells and tumor DNA that can be found in the...

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Research Worth Watching: A Look at Palliative Care

It takes a cancer diagnosis to truly understand how cancer care is delivered in this country. The experience opens your eyes to the unacknowledged deficiencies and blind spots of our current system – most significantly, the lack of attention to the side effects and...

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Research Worth Watching: Update From ASCO 2016

From June 3 to June 7, I was one of more than 35,000 oncology professionals, advocates, and survivors from around the world mingling at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Each year, a lot of new research is unveiled at...

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Research Worth Watching: If We Knew the Anatomy of the Breast

A new analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that from 2005 to 2013, the overall rate of mastectomies, combining single and double mastectomies, jumped 36 percent – yet there was no change in the rate of breast cancer diagnoses. There were 66...

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Research Worth Watching: Learning More About Metastases

Precision medicine is doing more than helping us to identify an exact mutation in a cancer cell and the drug that matches it. It is also allowing us to do new kinds of research on metastatic disease. We need this type of research because breast cancer deaths are...

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Research Worth Watching: What is Normal?

Medical science was based originally on the idea that tissues and diseases were pretty much the same in everybody.  Technological advances have allowed us to subclassify breast and other cancers based on molecular markers on the tumor.  For breast cancer,...

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Research Worth Watching: the Precision Medicine Project

Usually I use this space to tell you about some new molecular finding that changes the way we think about breast cancer. But after two trips to the East Coast this month to talk about the President’s Precision Medicine Project, I thought I should bring you up to date...

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