July 20, 2000 - Volume 2, Issue 15
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1. In Breast Health News...
- First Clinical Trial for Advanced Breast Cancer Vaccine Underway at UNC...
Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill have begun a clinical
trial to investigate whether a breast cancer â€œvaccineâ€ could help treat certain
patients with advanced breast cancer. The vaccine may be helpful to women whose cells
over-produce the HER2 protein (also written as HER2/neu).
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.13.00.asp
- FDA Approves Tamoxifen For Women With Ductal Carcinoma in Situ...
Tamoxifen, the most commonly prescribed drug used to help treat breast cancer and prevent
the disease in high risk women, has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) for a new use: to help prevent invasive breast cancer in women with
ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast
cancer. Approximately 41,000 women will be diagnosed with DCIS in 2000.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.6.00.asp
- Scientists Investigating Genetic Cause Of Lymphedema (Swelling of the Arm or Leg)...
For years, researchers did not know why some individuals developed lymphedema (either
sporadically or as a side effect of disease treatment) while others did not. Recently,
researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have identified human genetic errors that
can account for hereditary lymphedema. According to the researchers, these findings may
help individuals suffering from either hereditary or secondary lymphedema.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.7.00.asp
- Researchers Investigate Link Between Chemotherapy and Memory
Many breast cancer patients complain of difficulties with their abilities to remember,
think, and concentrate during and after their struggles with the disease. Now researchers
are beginning to investigate the cause of these cognitive problems, which many breast
cancer patients have linked to chemotherapy. In a recent study, researchers say there does
appear to be a link between chemotherapy and memory loss in some breast cancer patients.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.19.00.asp
- Study Targets Strategy to Help Breast Cancer Survivors Cope With
Menopausal Symptoms... Coping with menopausal symptoms can be particularly difficult for
breast cancer survivors. Certain breast cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can induce
early menopause and other drug therapies such as tamoxifen can cause severe hot flashes.
However, according to a new study, guidance and attention from a trained medical
professional can significantly improve menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors
without the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.10.00.asp
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2. Understanding Breast Pain
Breast pain (mastalgia) is the most common breast related complaint among women; nearly
70% of women experience breast pain at some point in their lives. Breast pain may occur in
one or both breasts or in the underarm (axilla) region of the body. This article discusses
the main types of breast pain and explains how breast pain may be caused, evaluated, and
treated. Breast pain during breast-feeding is also addressed.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/breast_pain.asp
3. Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS)/Lobular Neoplasia
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS, also called lobular neoplasia) refers to a sharp increase
in the number, appearance, and abnormal behavior of cells contained in the milk-producing
lobules of the breast. Though categorized as a stage 0 breast cancer (the earliest stage),
LCIS is not considered a cancer. Rather, it is â€œmarkerâ€ (a signal) that breast
cancer may develop. This article discusses what LCIS is and how women who are diagnosed
with LCIS may help prevent breast cancer.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/LCIS.asp
4. Common Questions About Breast Cancer and Breast Health
What are the warning signs of breast cancer? How can women reduce their risk of breast
cancer? How common are breast lumps?Does nutrition and diet affect breast cancer risk?
Does breast size affect breast cancer risk? This article addresses these and other
frequently asked questions about breast cancer and breast health. Click here to read more:http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/faq-bc.asp
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Imaginis.com Bookstore - Current Feature
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for one of the Imaginis.com current features. "Better Breast Health Naturally with
Chinese Medicine" by Honora Lee Wolfe and Bob Flaws uses the principles of Chinese
medicine to demonstrate how breast health can be achieved through diet and other
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