Lymphedema most commonly occurs after surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit in breast cancer patients or lymph nodes in the groin to treat other types of cancer.
It’s important to know the characteristics of reliable medical screening tests. Use this list of criteria to be sure the tests are appropriate — and likely to do more good than harm.
When we talk about drugs for breast cancer, we often focus on medications used for treatment after a diagnosis. But medications can play a major role in prevention, too. There are more than 2 million postmenopausal women in this country who are healthy but who have an elevated risk of breast cancer. These women should … Read More
Two new studies show promising results for the use of radiation therapy to prevent breast cancer from coming back. The research shows that when patients with breast cancer received radiation therapy to their lymph nodes – not just the area of the breast where cancer occurred – cancer did not recur in the original site … Read More
When it comes to breast cancer risk, you’ve probably heard about family history and genetics. But have you heard about breast density? If you haven’t paid attention to density in the past, start now. In one recent study, 47 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 had what we call “mammographically dense” … Read More
Increasing exercise to reduce body fat could decrease the risk of breast cancer for postmenopausal women, a new study finds. Body fat has been associated with an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Canadian researchers found postmenopausal women who exercised at least 300 minutes per week were more successful at reducing total body fat compared … Read More
While most patients know they should be familiar with changes in their breast tissue, many are afraid that they will “do it wrong” and avoid doing self-exams altogether! I’d like to share some useful tips about when and how to do a self-exam. 1. Do your breast exam at the same time each month If … Read More
With childbearing behind them and menopause approaching, more women older than 40 are choosing to have breast augmentations. Perhaps they want to turn back the clock as they begin to see the effects of aging, while younger women also continue to have interest in breast augmentation — but for different reasons. Plastic surgeon Andrea Moreira, … Read More
If you’re undergoing treatment for cancer, you may have special needs where sleeping is concerned. Get back to sleep with expert advice from Nurse Practitioner Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C
Hands down, a mother’s breast milk is the best food for baby. Breast milk is always available, helps your baby’s brain to develop and keeps your baby healthy through adulthood. Now a new study shows that there may be another solid reason to strongly consider breastfeeding your child: protection against childhood leukemia. A new Israeli study finds … Read More