Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

Here you’ll find useful information that complements the book.

Diagnosis

How Often Do I Need a Mammogram? 

How Often Do I Need a Mammogram? 

Mammograms are a frontline defense in detecting breast cancer, but do you need a screening every year? Source: How Often Do I Need a Mammogram? | Keck Medicine of USC

Surgery

Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery Choice 

Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery Choice 

For some women with breast cancer, cost influenced the type of surgery they choose to get to remove their tumors, a new study finds. However, very few women reported discussing the costs of care with their medical team. Source: Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery...

Hormone Therapy Before or Even Without Surgery? 

Hormone Therapy Before or Even Without Surgery? 

Early stage ER+ breast cancer patients who did not get surgery have no difference in survival and metastasis free survival after 12 years, although there are some additional local recurrences.Patients can sometimes feel nervous about reducing treatment, especially...

Chemotherapy

New Israeli Cancer Treatment Has a 100% Tumor Shrinkage Rate

New Israeli Cancer Treatment Has a 100% Tumor Shrinkage Rate

Israeli firm Alpha Tau Medical has developed a new cancer treatment that attacks tumors while sparing healthy tissue. The treatment is called Alpha DaRT (Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Treatment), according to The Jerusalem Post. Source: New Israeli Cancer...

Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

The following examples show overall survival rates for people with different types of cancer, along with the percentage of those receiving chemotherapy as part of their treatment. Source: Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

Radiation

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening 

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening 

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive technology that could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation. The system uses harmless microwaves and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect even small,...

How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

New research in mice shows "for the first time" that scientists can use protons to administer radiation therapy in a matter of milliseconds, killing cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue. Source: How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

Tomosynthesis in breast screening: great expectations? 

Tomosynthesis in breast screening: great expectations? 

Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as three-dimensional mammography, has been under investigation as a replacement for or complement to two-dimensional (2D) digital mammography in breast cancer screening for some years, with several prospective, population-based...

Lifestyle Issues

Phthalates and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer 

Phthalates and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer 

Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting, and their effects on the human reproductive system has been of great interest. In humans, the primary exposure to phthalates is through food and beverages wrapped in plastic; in vitro studies have suggested that certain phthalates...

Other New Research

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