Statins are widely prescribed for folks who have high cholesterol. But new research shows that these drugs may help fight heart disease as well as colon, skin, and breast cancer. That's very good news. This has not been tested on people yet, but the research is moving in that direction.
My little sister and I collected at least 14 Barbie dolls when we were kids. Barbie was a role model for us -- in so far as a doll can be -- she always looked healthy, well-dressed, and confident. So when I read that Barbie might go bald to help people with cancer, I had to know more. (I hope Bald Barbie comes with wigs, caps, and very comfy clothes.)
Personalized cancer treatments depend on many details of your diagnosis, and one of the big factors is your genetic makeup. Although the BRCA gene mutations are the big players, many other genes affect your risk for breast cancer, recurrence, and response to treatment. A multi-gene test gets to the nitty-gritty of what your body is predisposed to do.
Treatment for breast cancer made me feel very sick. Fortunately, my husband, Karl D. Stephan, stepped up to the challenge of suddenly becoming a home caregiver, while also holding down a full-time job. I asked him for his top ways to be supportive when your spouse is in treatment for breast cancer. Here's what he had to share.