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  • Weight and Prognosis

    Posted 7/29/2014 by hhill
      The issues of weight and exercise are recurring themes with the inevitable conclusion that both matter. Sadly, there are no easy solutions to losing or maintaining weight, and it is even harder for post-menopausal women and/or women who are taking one of the hormonal therapies. Very honestly, at least for me, it seems a triumph to just keep weight steady. Losing it is really difficult. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Possible Major Hormone News

    Posted 7/28/2014 by hhill
      This is a first study from Texas Tech University that suggests that carefully chosen hormones can improve both survival and quality of life in women (including ER positive women) post breast cancer. If this study holds up when it is replicated, it may eventually be a treatment game changer. Like everything else, this must be considered with a big grain of salt and the recognition that it is a single study with mice--that is, any results or changes are very far from prime time. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Giving up Control

    Posted 7/27/2014 by hhill
      For many, if not most, of us the loss of control that always accompanies cancer is one of the hardest challenges. The biggest out of control is prognosis, but there are all sorts of smaller challenges: scheduling appointments, not being sure when we won't feel well, hair loss, periods of intense anxiety. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Dance to Fight Fatigue

    Posted 7/26/2014 by hhill
      I have been thinking about the pleasures of dancing over the last couple of days because of my visiting 5 year old granddaughter. She is figuratively and often literally dancing her way through life: pirouetting across the kitchen, leaping with semi-pointed toes in the garden, swaying rather than standing still. The visuals are even better when she is dressed in various dress up combinations of sparkles and scarves and bright colors. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Clinical Trials

    Posted 7/25/2014 by hhill

      A few basic facts about clinical trials to remember:

    1. They are designed to test new drugs or procedures or, sometimes, equipment in all areas of medicine; they are not reserved for oncology care.

    2. Everything we know about what is effective has been learned from carefully designed and executed trials. We all stand on the shoulders of women (and men) who agreed to participate.

    3. They are not only for very sick people. In breast cancer care, there are plenty of trials for women with early stage cancer. Examples would include the one that I participated in long ago that compared concurrent radiation and chemotherapy with the more usual first one/then the other schedule or the current trial that is comparing the benefit of tamoxifen to that of an AI plus a monthly shot to close down ovarian function for ER positive pre-menopausal women.

    4. Most clinical trials do not result in final FDA approval of new medicines.. The success rate is rather small, generally quoted as under 20% for oncology drugs.

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