An international crowd of 7000 people from 108 countries attended this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Plenty of research was presented, both hopeful and disappointing. I was there on the final day, and have brought some of the news for you!
News from the 34th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS): Dr. Lawrence Solin presented the results of a study for a new multigene assay which has been shown to predict the risk of recurrence for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ - DCIS - a precancerous breast condition. Results of this test may spare many patients from radiation and additional surgery! Read more here.
Researchers have been working on the problem of high rates of death in Hispanic women with breast cancer. Could it be due to cultural attitudes, socioeconomic factors, lack of resources, or some other cause? Dr. Kathy Baumgartner has studied the problem for many years and now thinks it may be due to a biological difference. Read more here.
Imagine this: you're a new mother with a great job doing breast cancer pathology. One day you find a lump, and soon you're seeing your own cancer under your own microscope! How do you handle it? That's what happened to Dr Kim Allison, and Red Sunshine is her survivor story. Read my book review.
Once while I was in the hospital having 3 pints of blood transfused into me, my coworkers sent me a basket of beautiful, fresh fruit! Unfortunately, my immune system was so low that I could not eat any of it. So my nurses and doctors and technicians ate well - instead of me! Here's some tips for gifting to a survivor.