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Research Tells Us: Never Assume

The reading I’ve done over the past several weeks has reminded me yet again why it is critical that we go back and question our assumptions about cancer.

Assumptions are rooted in the scientific process. Science is all about observing certain phenomena and then creating a hypothesis that can explain what we see. In some cases, we do clinical trials to test the hypothesis. And if the result is what we had thought (hoped) it would be, we accept the hypothesis as the Truth. And then we recommend treatments based on that Truth.

Research Worth Watching: Using DNA to Optimize Treatment and Reduce Collateral Damage

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One major problem from much of our cancer therapy is the collateral damage. Not the side effects, such as nausea and vomiting or hair loss, which are typically transient but the long-term consequences of therapy, such as chemobrain and neuropathy.  Some of these changes will resolve and many will not. In my case, it’s been six years since I received chemotherapy to treat my leukemia, and my sense of taste and smell still haven’t returned.

Exercise and Breast Cancer Protection: What, Why and How?

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We all know exercise is fantastic for us physically and mentally. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight, strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, improves the ability to do daily activities and improves mental health and mood. Maybe surprising to some, is that exercise also reduces the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer initiation and recurrence.

Research Worth Watching: New Treatments for Brain Metastases

Breast cancer becomes deadly when it metastasizes—spreads to other parts of the body. For decades, we’ve been focused on developing treatments that will keep early-stage breast cancer from recurring. Now, researchers are spending more time studying how and where cancer cells spreads, with the goal of developing treatments that may cure, or at least stabilize, metastatic breast cancer

Research Worth Watching: The 9th International Symposium on the Breast

It is hard for me to believe that it has been almost two weeks since our 9th International Symposium! We first hosted this conference in 1999 and, while each year has been special, I think this year’s meeting, “Exploring the Human Breast: Employing New Technology,” was one of the best yet!