Blog #8 Hormonal Therapy

Following radiation therapy, it is common for premenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive tumors to begin therapy with tamoxifen. Tamoxifen is known as a selective estrogen receptor blocker. This means that tamoxifen will block estrogen from attaching to receptors on breast cells. By blocking estrogen’s attachment to breast cells, the thinking is that normal breast cells will be less likely…

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Vaccines, Autism, and the Wakefield Study

Last week there were numerous reports about the latest in the vaccine/autism debate. As you probably know, Dr. AJ Wakefield published a study in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1998. In his study, he reportedly found that the onset of behavioral symptoms (similar to those commonly seen autistic children) may have been caused by the measles, mumps, and…

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Blog #6- Understanding Your Radiation Therapy Decisions

Depending upon your stage of breast cancer and which surgical decision you make, you may or may not need localized radiation therapy to the breast. For women who choose lumpectomy rather than mastectomy, radiation therapy is recommended to kill any cancerous or precancerous cells that may remain behind. For the most part, radiation therapy is no big deal for the…

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Blog # 5 Understanding Your Surgical Decisions

For many women with breast cancer, there is good news:YOU get to decide which type of surgical procedure you want. Numerous studies have shown that for most women with early-stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy (removal of the tumor and a small amount of normal surrounding tissue) plus radiation therapy is as effective as mastectomy. The choice is really more of…

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Mark Levin Loses Favored Pet

My fellow radio show host Mark Levin had to say goodbye to another wonderful dog over the Christmas holidays. His special pet, Griffin, was adopted by Mark when Griffin was already an older dog around the age of 11 years old. At the time, Griffin came to Mark with a number of health problems. Fortunately, Mark is a big fan…

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