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April 13, 2000 - Volume 2, Issue 8

Comprehensive Information of Breast Cancer and Breast Health Issues http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/newsletter/

Imaginis.com Breast Health Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 8 contains carefully selected, informative and breaking news on breast health, breast cancer and related health topics.

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The Imaginis.com Breast Health Forum has been designed to help promote the discussion of breast health topics and bring women together who have shared similar experiences. Breast cancer patients, survivors, and women of all ages who are concerned about breast health issues, both cancerous and benign, are encouraged to post and reply to messages at http://www.imaginis.com/discussions/

Recent Forum Post:
"what am i to expect after implants>? what will i look like" -tracy

To see or post a reply, click here: http://www.imaginis.com/_private/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000240.asp

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April 13, 2000

1. In the News:
- Researchers Develop Gel to Prevent Hair Loss from Chemotherapy...
A clear gel containing an experimental compound named GW8510 may help prevent hair loss from chemotherapy, according to scientists at Glaxo Wellcome drug company. Hair loss is the second most common side effect of chemotherapy after nausea. In a preliminary study with rats, researchers found that the gel prevented hair loss in 50% of the rats who underwent chemotherapy with the drug etoposide.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news4.06.00.asp

- Breast Cancer Diagnosed Earlier, Easier to Treat in Women on Hormone Replacement Therapy... With recent media attention devoted to a few small studies on the possible negative effects of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), many women are questioning the benefits of HRT. A new study reveals that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer while on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) tend to be diagnosed earlier and have smaller, lower risk tumors than women with breast cancer who have not taken HRT.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news4.11.00.asp

- Simple Test May Determine Which Breast Cancer Patients Need Chemotherapy...
Testing breast cancer tumors for two proteins during surgery may rule out the need for chemotherapy for many breast cancer patients, according to German researchers. The researchers said that using the protein tests help determine the likelihood that breast cancer will return in patients whose lymph nodes do not show any signs of cancer. Approximately 50% of the nearly 183,000 American women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year could be affected by the researchers' conclusions. The inexpensive test has already become standard in Europe.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news4.10.00.asp

- Antidepressant Helps With Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors...
Paxil (generic name, paroxetine), an antidepressant, helps reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes in women who have had breast cancer according to a recent study. Over 55% of breast cancer survivors experience sudden rises in body temperature that cause them to break out into sweats. Post-menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes are often prescribed hormone replacement therapy, but many breast cancer survivors are advised not to take estrogen or progestin because their physicians believe the hormones may cause breast cancer to return.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news4.03.00.asp

- Discovery of Taxol Drug in Hazelnuts Could Mean Less Cost for Breast Cancer Patients...
Paclitaxel (brand name Taxol), a drug commonly used to treat breast cancer, has been found by chance in hazelnuts. Dr. Angela M. Hoffman of the University of Portland, Oregon made the discovery while investigating a plant disease called the Eastern Filbert Blight. The find could mean less expensive Taxol prices for breast cancer patients.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news4.04.00.asp

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Breast Health Bookstore - Current Feature

Visit our Breast Health Bookstore at http://www.imaginis.com/bookstore/breasthealth/ for one of the Imaginis.com current features. "A Woman's Decision: Breast Care, Treatment & Reconstruction" by Karen J. Berger and John Bostwick III, MD covers every aspect of breast cancer from selecting a physician to treatment options to how breast cancer can affect relationships to finding support groups and cancer information on the Internet.

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2. Guidelines To Help Detect Breast Cancer Early

Breast self-exams, clinical exams and mammograms are essential in helping to detect breast cancer at an early stage when the chances for disease-free survival are the greatest. This article explains what low risk and high risk women need to do to help catch breast cancer early. The article also addresses breast changes and warning signs to watch for when performing a breast self-exam.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/earlydetection.asp

3. Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of Breast Cancer Drugs

Many women are prescribed drugs as part of their breast cancer treatment. This article outlines the uses and side effects of several drugs used to treat breast cancer including tamoxifen (Nolvadex), Herceptin (trastuzumab), Taxol (paclitaxel), docetaxel (Taxotere), Aromasin (exemestane), Arimidex (anastrozole), Ellence (epirubicin), Zoladex (goserelin acetate), and common chemotherapy regimens. Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/bc_drugs.asp

4. Breast Lift Surgery - Exploring Options
Breast lift (or mastoplexy) is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape severely sagging breasts. Over the years, breasts lose their shape and firmness from pregnancies, nursing and the aging process. This article addresses all aspects of breast lift surgery. Topics include the initial surgical consultation, the procedure itself, and possible side effects and complications.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/breast_lift.asp

5. Sources for Breast Prostheses and Hair Loss Accessories
This article helps women locate additional information on breast prostheses and hair loss accessories (wigs, turbans, etc.) that may be necessary during or after breast cancer treatment. Mailing addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, and websites of approximately 25 companies across the United States are listed. Most companies will accept orders from anywhere in the world.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/breast_prostheses.asp

6. We Want Your Feedback!
If you have questions, comments or suggestions regarding any topics we have discussed or future topics you would like to see, email us at mailto:breasthealth@imaginis.com. In addition, help us spread the word about breast health and breast cancer. Visit http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/sendusnews.asp to send us information or comments on new books, news, press releases, television specials, or major events associated with breast cancer awareness or research.

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