Breast Cancer

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer | Opinion Article

Despite recent improvements in imaging technology, pathology assessments, and the use of systemic therapy, there is still controversy regarding the optimal margin width in breast-conserving surgery. About 25% of patients with invasive breast cancer return to the operating room after undergoing lumpectomy to obtain more widely clear margins.…

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer?

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer? | Guest Blog

Breast cancer is not funny. The media squeezing sensationalism out of research is misleading and trivializes a serious problem.

The Evolution of Medicine | Guest Blog

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

Controversy Over BMJ Paper Hints at Print Medical Journal Demise

Controversy Over BMJ Paper Hints at Print Medical Journal Demise | Guest Blog

A system that allowed responses to a controversial BMJ paper on mammography to be published immediately has shown why online peer review may become standard.

Stop Leaving Women’s Health to Chance

Stop Leaving Women’s Health to Chance | Medical Blog

Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment.…

Early Detection & Treatment of Breast Cancer

Early Detection & Treatment of Breast Cancer | Opinion Article

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and two-thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 50 and older. Known risk factors include radiation exposure and never being pregnant or having a first child after age 35.…

Advances in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Advances in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis | Opinion Article

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a lateral and rotational deformity of the spine that afflicts roughly 2.5% of the population across most cultures. Only 10% of those diagnosed with AIS will actually need treatment, and few will require surgical management of their curves.…

Updated Breast Cancer Guidelines for HER2 Testing | News Brief

A new update to clinical practice guidelines for HER2 testing in breast cancer was published online last week by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the College of American Pathologists in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The guidelines recommend that all women with invasive breast cancer (primary or recurrence) are tested for HER2 status—a practice already being implemented across the United States.…

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy May Not Significantly Increase Life Expectancy in Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer | News Brief

WASHINGTON, DC—Women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are increasingly opting to undergo a more aggressive operation to remove both breasts called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Rates of double mastectomies have more than doubled over the last decade for women with early-stage cancer, but for women with cancer in one breast, having the healthy breast removed may not provide a survival benefit, according to new research findings presented today at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.…

Assessing Alzheimer’s Mortality

Assessing Alzheimer’s Mortality | News Brief

A report from the Alzheimer’s Association has found that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen substantially since 2000.…