For certain breast cancer patients, specialized tumor tests can be used to determine if they are likely to benefit from chemotherapy. You can learn about these tests in this video.
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Hundreds of breast cancer studies are currently taking place throughout the U.S. This video will help you learn how to find and enroll in a clinical trial.
Researchers can sound like they are speaking a foreign language. This video will teach you how to understand what a study is about, so you can decide if you’re interested in taking part.
Every cancer treatment approved for use today was found safe and effective in a clinical trial. This video will teach you about the types of clinical trials that are being used to find the treatments that will be approved tomorrow.
More than one billion dollars is spent annually in the U.S. on breast cancer research. This video will help you understand the types of research those dollars fund.
When I started out as a breast surgeon in the early 80’s, we thought that a diagnosis of breast cancer was an emergency. Time was of the essence, and you had to rush in and do a biopsy and immediate mastectomy to prevent a tumor from spreading to other organs. But that’s not the case. Since then, we’ve learned that cancer cells are shed into the blood stream early on. Even before the tumor can be diagnosed, they make themselves at home in other organs.
In Dr. Love’s blog this month, titled Discovery is Not a Straight Line, she outlines how the Foundation engages in research. We always start out with a goal in mind and design our studies to prove a hypothesis or discover new information about the human breast. As you’ve likely heard Dr. Love comment many times, we don’t have an accurate understanding of the anatomy of the breast or its ductal system. Yet, it is commonly believed that breast cancer begins in the lining of the ducts or lobules.
Research is in our name and our DNA. At Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, we seek to discover why breast cancer starts in a woman or man’s breast with the goal of using that knowledge to help us treat and ultimately prevent the disease. It is exciting, much the way setting off in a boat to discover a new land is exciting. You have a destination in mind, but along the way you may find completely unexpected places.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s annual 5K walk/run, Walk with Love will return to Pacific Palisades for its 10th anniversary on Sunday, May 21.
When we think of what our role in the breast cancer research universe is, we often cite phrases like “convening groups of experts to explore new avenues of research,” “collaborating on out-of-the-box studies,” “high risk-high reward,” and “engaging unconventional partners to attack problems from a new angle.”
Last month, the 9th International Symposium on the Breast did all of that and more in just two days. In this month’s Research Worth Watching, Dr. Love shares a few highlights of some of the research shared at the Symposium and it was fascinating!