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Men Have Breasts, Too: Diagnosed With Male Breast Cancer Stephen Sala

November 2, 2016

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In August 2016, Stephen Sala found a small lump on the right side of his chest. His doctor thought it was a cyst, but scheduled an ultrasound to be sure. His ultrasound results were concerning, so he had a mammogram the same day, followed a needle biopsy about a week later. The results showed breast cancer. He was 41. He decided to have a bilateral mastectomy to reduce his risk of contralateral disease; pathology results showed that he had cancer in his left chest as well. As he went through diagnosis and treatment, Steve experienced a number of awkward situations. Almost all mammography offices are in women’s health care centers, with no consideration for men. Forms asked when he had his last period, how many children he had given birth to, and if he was in menopause.

Listen to the podcast to hear Stephen talk about:

  • how he came to terms with a breast cancer diagnosis
  • his ideas on how the process can be made less clumsy for men
  • how he talked to his children about his diagnosis
  • how he found support
  • advice he would offer other men

Running time: 19:13

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Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Mandi Mandi Seifert

September 9, 2016

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Mandi Seifert was 3 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990. When it became available, genetic testing for a mutation that raises the risk of breast cancer was strongly recommended for Mandi’s mom -- in 2010 her mother tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation. Mandi knew that meant she had a 50-50 chance of having the same mutation. In 2013, she decided to have genetic testing and learned that she, too, had a BRCA2 mutation. She decided to have a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her tummy area. Mandi is one of three women whose stories are featured in the Breastcancer.org video series on genetic testing, prophylactic surgery, and reconstruction. Mandi’s older sister, Kerry, also tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation and is also in the video series.

Listen to the podcast to hear Mandi discuss:

  • how talking about her surgery with her sister was both emotional and freeing
  • how it felt to see her reconstructive surgeon again after she was completely healed
  • how her sister’s experience helped guide her
  • why family support is so important

Running time: 9:02

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Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Kerry Kerry Osmond

September 8, 2016

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Kerry Osmond was 10 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990. When it became available, genetic testing for a mutation that raises the risk of breast cancer was strongly recommended for Kerry’s mom -- in 2010 her mother tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation. Kerry knew that meant she had a 50-50 chance of having the same mutation. In 2012, she decided to have genetic testing and learned that she, too, had a BRCA2 mutation. She decided to have a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her hip area. Kerry is one of three women whose stories are featured in the Breastcancer.org video series on genetic testing, prophylactic surgery, and reconstruction. Kerry’s younger sister, Mandi, also tested positive for a BRCA2 mutation and is also in the video series.

Listen to the podcast to hear Kerry talk about:

  • how her family uses their experience to help others
  • how she connected with women who had similar surgeries on the Breastcancer.org discussion boards
  • how sharing her story in the video was healing in a way
  • why talking to other women who had already had prophylactic surgery was encouraging

Running time: 13:56

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Stories of Genetic Testing, Prophylactic Surgery, and Reconstruction: Lorell Lorell Hornbrook

September 6, 2016

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Lorell Hornbrook has a strong family history of breast cancer: Both her older sister and her father were diagnosed with breast cancer. Her father died at age 75 from treatment complications, a year after he was diagnosed. In 2014, at age 48, Lorell decided to have genetic testing to see if she had a gene mutation that dramatically increased her risk for breast cancer. When her test results came back positive for a BRCA2 mutation, Lorell had already decided what she would do: a double prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction using tissue from her tummy area. Lorell is one of three women whose stories are featured in the Breastcancer.org video series on genetic testing, prophylactic surgery, and reconstruction.

Listen to the podcast to hear Lorell talk about:

  • why she never hesitated about participating in the videos
  • the type of research she did after she got her genetic test results
  • how she prepared herself for surgery
  • the advice she would give to women in a similar situation

Running time: 11:04

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Prophylactic Surgery for Women at High Risk: Part 2 Alan Stolier, M.D., F.A.C.S.

May 18, 2016

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Dr. Alan Stolier is a surgeon at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans. He has more than 35 years of experience in surgical oncology. He specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and is a pioneer in the development of nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Stolier also focuses on breast cancer genetics and the associated care of women who have a BRCA gene mutation.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Stolier talk about:

  • the timing of prophylactic surgery
  • other genetic mutations besides BRCA1 or BRCA2 that might make a woman consider prophylactic surgery
  • the type of screening program recommended for a woman who’s had prophylactic surgery
  • how often cancer is found during prophylactic surgery

Running time: 24:13

Listen to part 1 of the series.

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Prophylactic Surgery for Women at High Risk: Part 1 Alan Stolier, M.D., F.A.C.S.

May 11, 2016

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Dr. Alan Stolier is a surgeon at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans. He has more than 35 years of experience in surgical oncology. He specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and is a pioneer in the development of nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Stolier also focuses on breast cancer genetics and the associated care of women who have a BRCA gene mutation.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Stolier talk about:

  • how much each type of prophylactic surgery (breast, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus) can reduce risk
  • who is most likely to benefit from prophylactic surgery
  • women who shouldn’t consider prophylactic surgery
  • whether there is an optimal age for prophylactic surgery

Running time: 27:01

Listen to part 2 of the series.

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Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer: Part 3 Cristina Nixon, M.S., L/CGC

May 4, 2016

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Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including most recently a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2-positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope’s intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part three of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • how a woman could use an online risk assessment tool
  • the factors the different tools consider
  • why it’s important that a woman use a risk assessment tool with her doctor or a licensed genetic counselor
  • what the results from direct-to-consumer testing companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com contain

Running time: 11:37

Listen to part 1 of the series.

Listen to part 2 of the series.

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Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer: Part 2 Cristina Nixon, M.S., L/CGC

April 27, 2016

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Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including most recently a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2-positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope’s intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part two of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • the factors that would recommend genetic testing for a particular woman
  • whether DCIS is considered differently than invasive cancer when recommending genetic testing
  • the process of genetic testing
  • when genetic testing wouldn’t be recommended for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer

Running time: 23:44

Listen to part 1 of the series.

Listen to part 3 of the series.

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Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer: Part 1 Cristina Nixon, M.S., L/CGC

April 20, 2016

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Cristina Nixon is a licensed certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health in Pennsylvania. In addition to counseling patients, she also assists with research, including, most recently, a study looking at multi-gene panels in BRCA1/BRCA2 positive families. Cristina also has completed the City of Hope’s intensive course in cancer risk assessment.

This is part one of three-part podcast on genetics and breast cancer with Cristina. Listen to this podcast to hear her explain:

  • the difference between a genetic abnormality and a genetic mutation
  • what the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes do in the body and why having a mutation in one of them increases the risk of breast cancer
  • other genes besides the BRCA genes that are linked to a higher risk of breast cancer
  • other types of cancer that are linked to a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation

Running time: 20:55

Listen to part 2 of the series.

Listen to part 3 of the series.

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Does Chemotherapy Increase the Risk of Common Infections? Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

February 10, 2016

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, explains a study published in January 2016 suggesting that chemotherapy for breast cancer may increase the risk of common infections.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski talk about:

  • how the immune system works
  • how chemotherapy affects the immune system
  • when women who will be undergoing chemotherapy should get vaccines
  • steps you can take to support your immune system

Running time: 11:03

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Supporting a Partner With Breast Cancer Courtney Bitz, MSW, LCSW

February 9, 2016

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Courtney Bitz is a licensed clinical social worker who heads the Couples Coping with Cancer Together program for City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center in Duarte, Calif. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, research has shown that having a supportive partner is one of the most important factors in helping her cope. But partners may struggle with knowing what to say or how best to support a loved one. The only program of its kind, Couples Coping with Cancer Together helps women and their partners identify problems that are most important to them as part of their overall medical care.

Listen to the podcast to hear Courtney discuss:

  • how the Couples Coping with Cancer Together program works
  • specific examples of how a woman can ask for and get the support she needs
  • the different ways women and men cope with stress and how each can understand the other better
  • common requests that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer ask of their partners

Running time: 27:25

To help our visitors, Courtney provided the Partners’ Guide to Managing the Challenges of Breast Cancer (download the PDF). It offers tips on what partners can do to help a woman who’s been diagnosed, as well as tips for what diagnosed women can do to get the best support from their partners and other loved ones.

These podcasts, along with all the other vital content and community support at Breastcancer.org, only exist because of the generous donations of listeners like you. Please visit Breastcancer.org/support to learn how you can help keep our services free for you and the millions of women who depend on us.

Diet, Obesity, and Breast Cancer Tracy Crane, R.D.

February 4, 2016

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Tracy Crane is a registered dietitian and senior research specialist at the University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her research focuses on diet, specifically studying diet quality and cancer risk. Tracy also has more than 15 years’ experience developing nutrition plans for cancer survivors, many of them breast cancer survivors.

Listen to the podcast to hear Tracy discuss:

  • why obesity is linked to higher breast cancer risk
  • the new U.S. Department of Agriculture 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and what they mean for women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as women who want to keep their risk of the disease as low as it can be
  • how to make lasting changes to your diet
  • styles of eating that can keep your risk of breast cancer or breast cancer recurrence as low as it can be

Running time: 21:25

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All About Cold Caps Hope Rugo, M.D.

January 25, 2016

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Hope Rugo, M.D. is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer research and treatment. A professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Rugo is the director of the Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program and is the lead researcher on a number of studies investigating new treatments for both early-stage and metastatic breast cancer. Dr. Rugo is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She also was the lead researcher on the study that led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the DigniCap, a cold cap that may help some women keep some or quite a bit of hair during chemotherapy. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Rugo explain:

  • how she became interested in studying cold caps
  • how cold caps work
  • her research on the DigniCap
  • how much cold caps might cost and whether insurance is covering it yet

Running time: 20:32

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Precision Medicine and the “Moonshot” Program Nancy Davidson, M.D.

January 21, 2016

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Nancy Davidson, M.D., is director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where she also is a distinguished professor of medicine and associate vice chancellor for cancer research. She also serves as president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research, the first and largest cancer research organization in the world. Dr. Davidson is a world-renowned breast cancer researcher who has played a key role in discovering how hormones, particularly estrogen, affect cell growth in breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Davidson explain:

  • what the American Association for Cancer Research is and what its goals are
  • what precision medicine is
  • what she thinks the moonshot program to conquer cancer will do
  • what new treatments she sees coming in the near future

Running time: 11:25

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2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium: Arimidex, Tamoxifen, and Recurrence Risk After DCIS Marisa Weiss, M.D.

December 15, 2015

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In this podcast, Marisa Weiss, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s chief medical officer, explains a study that looked at the effectiveness of Arimidex and tamoxifen for reducing risk after DCIS surgery and radiation, as well as the side effects of each medicine. The study was presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 8-12. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Weiss explain:

  • what DCIS is
  • why postmenopausal women should be reassured no matter which of these medicines they’re taking
  • the side effects of each medicine

Running time: 11:26

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2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium: Lumpectomy Plus Radiation vs. Mastectomy for Early-Stage Disease Marisa Weiss, M.D.

December 15, 2015

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Marisa Weiss, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s chief medical officer, discusses a study examining survival rates after lumpectomy plus radiation or mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer. The study was presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Dec. 8-12. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Weiss explain:

  • why lumpectomy plus radiation and mastectomy are both good choices for early-stage breast cancer surgery
  • why one type of surgery might be recommended over the other
  • why the researchers think there might have been a difference in survival rates

Running time: 11:27

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Research Highlights From the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 14, 2015

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, talks about four studies that were presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 8-12, including studies that offer encouraging news about treatment for women diagnosed with triple-negative disease and metastatic, HER2-positive breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • what luminal A breast cancer is and why women diagnosed with this subtype didn’t seem to benefit from chemotherapy after surgery
  • why adding carboplatin to a standard chemotherapy before surgery for triple-negative breast cancer improved pathologic complete response rates and what this means for women with triple-negative disease
  • why postmenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer who are taking an aromatase inhibitor and have experienced bone loss might want to consider taking the targeted therapy denosumab
  • results showing that Kadcyla improves overall survival in women diagnosed with metastatic, HER2-positive breast cancer that has stopped responding to Herceptin and Tykerb

Running time: 18:51

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Aniela McGuinness: Choosing to Laugh at What Life Gives Her

October 29, 2015

This Breastcancer.org podcast features Aniela McGuinness, an actress and the creator of the My Breast Choice blog. Aniela knew she had an abnormal BRCA1 gene and lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2013. A year and a half later, at age 31, Aniela was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, three days before her appointment to schedule a preventive double mastectomy.

Listen to the podcast to here Aniela talk about:

  • why she decided to create her blog and YouTube channel
  • how she uses humor to get cope with things that upset her
  • how she came with the idea for her mastectomy photo series
  • her Halloween costume and why Halloween is the best holiday for people with cancer

Running time: 21:19

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Marie Arsenault, Metastatic Patient, Talks About the Need for a Cure, Not Awareness

October 2, 2015

This Breastcancer.org podcast features Marie Arsenault, a former music promoter and booking agent, who was first diagnosed with stage II estrogen-receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in September 2000 at age 36. She had mastectomy with TRAM flap reconstruction, chemotherapy, and radiation. In May 2007, she was diagnosed with metastatic disease; the breast cancer had returned in her liver and bones. In 2011, the cancer spread to her bone marrow.

Listen to the podcast to hear Marie talk about:

  • how she feels during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • what she would like people to know about metastatic breast cancer
  • how her support network helps her stay positive through treatment
  • her volunteer work with the Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis

Running time: 22:06

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Holley Kitchen, "Cancer Lifer," Talks Metastatic Disease and Her Viral Video

June 12, 2015

This Breastcancer.org podcast features Holley Kitchen, the metastatic “cancer lifer” as she calls herself, whose June 4, 2015 video about what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer went viral on Facebook and other media outlets. Holley was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2012. In 2013, she learned that the cancer had recurred in her spine and other bones.

Listen to the podcast to hear Holley talk about:

  • why and how she made her now-famous video
  • her support group of other younger women with metastatic disease and why it’s so important to her
  • some of the most common misconceptions about metastatic disease
  • what she’s doing next

Running time: 27:04

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March 2015 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

March 26, 2015

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses a study looking at whether Zoladex (chemical name: goserelin) given during chemotherapy can help preserve fertility in premenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • when Zoladex is given
  • why women shouldn’t get pregnant while they’re being treated with chemotherapy and Zoladex
  • why a woman might have to bring this treatment up with her doctor
  • why this treatment is only recommended for women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-negative disease

Running time: 9:33

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February 2015 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

February 19, 2015

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses Ibrance, a medicine that was approved to treat metastatic, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in February 2015. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • how Ibrance works
  • who is eligible to take Ibrance
  • how Ibrance is taken and whether any other medicines are taken with it
  • the side effects that Ibrance can cause

Running time: 9:55

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How Breast Cancer Treatment Affects Your Ability to Exercise

February 6, 2015

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Kathy Miller, M.D., talks about how breast cancer treatments can affect your stamina and your ability to exercise, as well as how to exercise during treatment. Dr. Miller is a professor of medicine at Indiana University and is the author of more than 60 scientific papers, many of which focus on breast cancer biology and treatment. Dr. Miller also is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Miller talk about:

  • how to figure out what a safe level of exercise is while you’re getting chemotherapy or radiation or recovering from surgery
  • tips on how to start exercising if you’ve never exercised before
  • how treatment can change your stamina
  • the benefits of exercise, including helping women recover from treatment

Running time: 21:21

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Healthy Eating During the Holidays

December 15, 2014

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Diana Dyer, R.D. talks about how to eat healthy before, during and after the holidays. Diana is a registered dietitian and multiple-time cancer survivor. She the author of the book A Dietitian’s Cancer Story and writes the blog DianaDyer.com, where she shares her thoughts about life as a cancer survivor, food and nutrition, growing food, recipes, and our environment. Diana also is a member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board.

Listen to the podcast to hear Diana talk about:

  • strategies for coping with the snack table at holiday parties
  • how to be festive and alcohol-free
  • tips for eating if you’re undergoing chemo during the holidays
  • ideas for making traditional family dishes healthier

Running time: 24:12

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2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 12, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • results of a study that found that Aromasin plus ovarian suppression reduced recurrence risk better than tamoxifen plus ovarian suppression in some women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive disease
  • research that underscored the long-term benefits of tamoxifen for reducing risk in women with a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer who’ve never been diagnosed
  • a study showing that Faslodex worked better than Arimidex as a first treatment for women newly diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer
  • research conducted in part by Breastcancer.org that shows that breastfeeding, even for a short time, reduces breast cancer risk more than previously thought
  • why a low-fat diet improved survival in women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer

Running time: 16:01

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November 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 5, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in November 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • results of a study that found calcium channel blockers, a common type of high blood pressure medicine, don’t increase breast cancer risk
  • new guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology on complementary therapies for breast cancer
  • why more U.S. women are choosing mastectomy over lumpectomy to remove early-stage breast cancer
  • how the experimental targeted therapy olaparib works and why it may work against advanced-stage cancers in people with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene

Running time: 17:13

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Male Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Awareness

November 24, 2014

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Harvey Singer talks about his diagnosis of breast cancer and awareness of male breast cancer in general, especially during October. With his sister Vicki Singer Wolf, a three-time breast cancer survivor, Harvey is the founder of the HISBreastCancer Awareness, Inc. Foundation and HISBreastCancer.org. He also wrote the book Sir, You Have Breast Cancer! My Life and the Story of a Man with a Woman’s Disease.

Listen to the podcast to hear Harvey talk about:

  • the shock of his diagnosis
  • how he made his treatment decisions
  • how perceptions of male breast cancer have changed
  • risk reduction advice he recommends for men at high risk

Running time: 36:27

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October 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

November 3, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in October 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • results of a study that found the targeted therapy Herceptin offers long-lasting benefits for women diagnosed with early-stage HER2-positive disease
  • a study that found occult cancers in more than 2% of women who were having their ovaries removed preventively because of genetics or family history
  • why Hispanic women still need to take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer, even if they have a genetic variant that may lower their risk
  • why more research is needed before a new genomic test can be used to make treatment decisions

Running time: 13:40

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Hope After a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Diagnosis

October 23, 2014

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Pat Prijatel talks about triple-negative breast cancer and what makes it different from other types of breast cancer. Pat Prijatel writes the blog Positives About Negative and is the author of Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She has been a magazine writer, editor, consultant, and professor for more than 35 years. She headed Drake University's magazine sequence for 22 years before taking over as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2004. In May 2006, Pat was diagnosed with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer. She retired from Drake in 2007 to focus on health writing and her health. She had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and is now healthy, fit, and cancer-free.

Listen to the podcast to hear Pat talk about:

  • what the idea of triple-negative disease meant to her when she was diagnosed
  • when and why she started her blog
  • what researchers have learned recently about triple-negative disease
  • advice she would give to a woman newly diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer

Running time: 22:57

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September and October 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

October 6, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in September and October 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • results of a study that found the targeted therapy Perjeta increased overall survival by about 1.5 years in women diagnosed with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer
  • why wearing a bra IS NOT linked to breast cancer risk
  • why breastfeeding decreases breast cancer risk
  • how Trelstar might increase the chances that some premenopausal women get pregnant after going through breast cancer treatment

Running time: 18:03

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Breast Reconstruction Techniques and Revisions Frank DellaCroce, M.D., F.A.C.S.

October 1, 2014

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This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on breast reconstruction and features Frank DellaCroce, M.D., F.A.C.S., cofounder of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and the St. Charles Surgical Hospital. Dr. DellaCroce is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and his pioneering work in microsurgery has made the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery an international leader in the art and science of breast reconstruction. He has performed thousands of breast reconstructions on women from around the world. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. DellaCroce discuss:

  • the advances in reconstruction that have happened in the past decade
  • what microsurgery is and why it’s so specialized
  • the most popular breast reconstruction options
  • how he assesses a breast reconstruction that a woman is unhappy with

Running time: 34:52

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Integrating Complementary Therapies Into Your Care Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M.

September 22, 2014

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Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M., is a general surgeon and also medical director of the Breast Health Program at the Holy Redeemer Health System, as well as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery for the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. DuPree strongly urges her patients to consider complementary healing support, whether it's through lifestyle modification, spiritual assistance, grief counseling, exercise programs, reflexology, nutritional counseling, Reiki, yoga, or massage. She herself has participated in all these techniques and is a master level Reiki practitioner. She believes that "whatever it takes to help a person find healing and peace is the way to curing them."

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. DuPree talk about:

  • how she became interested in complementary therapies and how she integrates them into her practice
  • the healing benefits of some complementary therapies
  • how it feels to see her patients heal their minds and psyches as well as their bodies

Running time: 33:42

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Choosing to Live Breast Free

September 11, 2014

This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on not having reconstruction after mastectomy and features Barbara Kriss, the founder of BreastFree.org, a nonprofit website that presents non-reconstruction as a positive alternative to reconstruction. Listen to the podcast to hear Barbara talk about:

  • how she made her decision to not have reconstruction
  • how to handle any pressure to have reconstruction from doctors or loved ones
  • how to ask your doctor for the best possible cosmetic results after mastectomy if you're not going to have reconstruction
  • clothing tips for women who opt for no reconstruction and decide not to wear breast forms

Running time: 25:49

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August and September 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

September 4, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in August and September 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • results of a study that found an abnormal PALB2 gene increases breast cancer risk more than previously thought
  • why bisphosphonates don’t reduce risk in women who’ve never been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • the risk-reducing benefits of exercise for postmenopausal women
  • the risks and benefits of double mastectomy versus lumpectomy plus radiation for women at average risk diagnosed with breast cancer in just one breast

Running time: 19:34

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Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

August 7, 2014

This Breastcancer.org podcast focuses on metastatic disease and features Roz Kleban, a licensed clinical social worker who is a clinical supervisor and program coordinator at the Breast Imaging Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Roz has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering since 1989 and works with patients being treated for all stages of breast cancer. Listen to the podcast to hear Roz talk about:

  • why metastatic disease doesn't mean the loss of hope
  • how people with metastatic disease who feel isolated can build a community of people who understand what they're going through
  • how the needs of a woman with metastatic disease are different from the needs of a woman with early-stage disease

Running time: 24:00

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How Breast Cancer Drugs Are Developed

July 18, 2014

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Suzanne Wardell, Ph.D., talks about how breast cancer drugs are developed and why some drugs never make it to market. Dr. Wardell is a research scientist at Duke University in North Carolina. Her research interests lie in understanding the processes by which breast cancers develop resistance to tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors and in developing drugs that will target estrogen receptor activity in these resistant tumors. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wardell talk about:

  • bazedoxifene (BZA), a SERM approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis that has been shown to stop the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells
  • the importance of clinical trials
  • new research she's conducting suggesting that women diagnosed with breast cancer who do some form of moderate exercise three times a week while in treatment have better outcomes than women who don’t exercise; this applies to women who didn't exercise before being diagnosed, as well as women who did

Running time: 28:09

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July 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

July 17, 2014

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In this podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in July 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski talk about:

  • why treating inflammatory breast cancer with three treatments -- chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation -- improves survival compared to using only one or two of these treatments
  • the reasons why having more moles is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, though moles themselves DO NOT cause breast cancer
  • research showing that women with an abnormal BRCA1 gene -- but not an abnormal BRCA2 gene -- diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to survive if they have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed
  • a study that found combining 3-D mammograms (digital tomosynthesis) and digital mammograms find more breast cancers with fewer false positives

Running time: 20:50

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May and June 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

June 13, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org medical adviser, discusses some of the research that was published in May 2014 or presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in June 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • why using Aromasin on top of ovarian suppression medicine is better at reducing risk in premenopausal women than tamoxifen on top of ovarian suppression medicine
  • why some research studies on any links between vitamin D and breast cancer outcomes seem to have mixed results
  • the American Society of Clinical Oncology special series of articles on pain in people diagnosed with cancer
  • why childhood cancer survivors have a higher risk of breast cancer, even if they didn’t have radiation to the chest area

Running time: 21:44

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Sexuality and Breast Cancer: From Diagnosis to Survivorship

June 5, 2014

In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Michael Krychman, M.D. discusses female sexual health and how a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect sexual function and quality of life. Dr. Krychman is executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine, as well as a clinical sexologist. Dr. Krychman also is writing a new blog for Breastcancer.org called "Sex Matters." Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Krychman talk about:

  • some of the biggest sexual issues and side effects during and after breast cancer treatment
  • the best way to discuss sexual issues with your doctor, especially if you're not comfortable with the topic
  • the importance of having an individualized survivorship care plan that includes a sexual health component

Running time: 27:15

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April 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

May 29, 2014

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In this Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses some of the most talked-about studies that came out in April 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • the new American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines on sentinel lymph node biopsy for people diagnosed with early-stage disease
  • more guidelines from ASCO on issues faced by survivors, including chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, fatigue, and depression
  • how healthy eating improves survival
  • why an individualized approach to mammography screening is needed

Running time: 27:02

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Writing and Healing After a Cancer Diagnosis

April 24, 2014

The second April 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Pamela Post-Ferrante, a four-time breast cancer survivor, writer, teacher, and workshop leader. She wrote her book, Writing and Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors, to help others use writing and mindfulness to heal themselves. Listen to the podcast to hear Pamela discuss:

  • how writing helped her heal
  • how the exercises in her book have helped others
  • why therapeutic writing is so powerful

Running time: 33:41

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March 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

April 10, 2014

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In the first April 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org's medical adviser, talks about some of the most interesting research studies that were published in March 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski discuss:

  • the importance of exercise to reduce breast cancer risk
  • the new guidelines for the size of cancer tumor margins
  • available options for women who are having trouble paying for treatment
  • resources for older cancer survivors who might be having sexuality issues
  • how radiation after mastectomy benefits women with one to three positive lymph nodes
  • results from a phase II trial on the experimental medicine palbociclib

Running time: 31:20

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How Pets Help Us Heal

March 27, 2014

The March 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Michele Pich, a psychologist and veterinary grief counselor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Michele also has extensive experience in leading support groups for people diagnosed with cancer. Michele brought along Vivian, her certified therapy dog who has been named Therapy Dog Ambassador for two years in a row at the National Dog Show. Listen to the podcast to hear Michele discuss:

  • the physical and psychological reasons pets are so comforting
  • how the therapy animal world has expanded beyond dogs
  • Michele and Vivian's experiences helping women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • how you can arrange for a visit from a certified therapy animal

Running time: 28:51

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February 2014 Research Highlights Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

March 3, 2014

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In the March 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast, Brian Wojciechowski, M.D., Breastcancer.org’s medical adviser, discusses some of the most talked about research studies that were published in February 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • the Canadian mammogram study and why it’s flawed
  • why the FDA is warning women not to use ductal lavage in place of mammograms
  • the importance of starting chemotherapy within 30 days of surgery
  • how yoga can ease fatigue and reduce inflammation in women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • how acupuncture can ease aromatase inhibitor side effects

Running time: 23:01

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Sexuality and Breast Cancer: Get Your Mojo Back Lynn Wang, M.D.

February 12, 2014

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Because Valentine’s Day is in February, many people start thinking about romance, love, and sex -- and their satisfaction with what they have. The February 2014 Breastcancer.org podcast features Lynn Wang, M.D., female sexual medicine specialist for the Main Line Health System and member of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She is a board-certified gynecologist and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists-certified counselor and educator. Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wang discuss:

  • different models of female sexual response
  • the biological, psychological, social, and relationship reasons why libido may be reduced
  • how a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect libido and sexual satisfaction
  • who to talk to if you’re having sexual problems

Running time: 29:54

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Research Highlights From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 13, 2013 Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 13, 2013

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In this edition of our podcast coverage from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, we bring you the latest information from these areas of breast cancer research:

  • post-treatment psychosocial and physical issues
  • updates on chemotherapy in high-risk women, early and metastatic breast cancers, triple-negative breast cancers, and in women with high numbers of circulating tumor cells
  • a new design for clinical trials that may allow drugs to become available sooner
  • breast cancer incidence in women using hormonal treatments for infertility
  • a presentation on what women know about risk reduction versus how they put this knowledge into practice, from Breastcancer.org Chief Medical Officer Marisa Weiss, M.D.

Running time: 24:18

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Research Highlights From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 12, 2013 Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 12, 2013

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Listen to the December 12 updates from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on today's podcast! In this edition, we fill you in on the latest research about Arimidex (chemical name: anastrazole) for reducing the risk of a primary breast cancer, sticking to your aromatase inhibitor regimen, strength training and aerobics for the relief of aromatase inhibitor-induced joint pain relief, and survival improvements with bisphosphonates after early breast cancer. Breastcancer.org medical adviser Brian Wojciechowski, M.D. and senior editor Jamie DePolo explain the latest news.

Running time: 27:16

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Research Highlights From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 11, 2013 Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

December 11, 2013

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In our premiere podcast, we're excited to bring you a summary of the day's research highlights from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2013! We discuss treatments before surgery for HER2-positive cancers, radiation after lumpectomy in women over age 65, and more. Breastcancer.org medical adviser Brian Wojciechowski, M.D. and senior editor Jamie DePolo explain the latest news.

Running time: 26:14

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