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May 1998

Demanding a Better Biopsy

Close to 1 million breast biopsies will be performed on women in the coming year. The vast majority of these will be done under a surgeon’s knife, often with general anesthesia and leaving a scar which can disfigure the breast.

Even more importantly, the resulting tissue damage can affect the accuracy of future mammogram readings. One recent study found that surgical biopsy influenced the confidence level in reading mammograms in more than 72 percent of the cases.

"The sad fact is that more than 90 percent of breast biopsies could be done without resorting to surgery," says Dr. William Dooley, a surgeon with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. "Using available technology, women can now have more accurate biopsies, in far less time, at much lower cost, and with little or no adverse implications for follow-up care."
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Communicating Your Cancer to Your Children

Children of cancer patients represent a hidden, high risk group whose problems are often minimized by overwhelmed parents and too often ignored by the medical staff who seldom see them.

A recent editorial in the British Journal of Medicine highlighted the difficulties doctors have in communicating the news of a cancer diagnosis to their patients. How much harder must it be for parents with newly diagnosed cancer to tell their children about it while coming to terms with the implications themselves?

Cancer in a parent is an issue that confronts many families. For example, breast cancer affects one in 12 women in Britain and 1 in 8 women in the United States, 30% of whom are likely to be diagnosed while they have children still living at home.
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Research Review

Immediate Reconstruction Safe After Previous Irradiation

Mammography Survival Benefits Apply Equally in 40s, 50s

No Adverse Effects With Radiation Therapy Delay After Surgery

Radiologic Staging Tests Unwarranted In Small Breast Cancer

Breast Conservation Safe In Women With Family History

Molecule Holds Clue To How Cancer Spreads

Hormone Drug Linked To Cancer

Improved Pain Relief For Bone Metastases

Helping The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Clarifying The Risk Of The Breast Cancer Gene

Predicting Whether Treatments Will Work

Reaching The "Twilight Zone" Of Tumors

FDA Backs Pill For Advanced Breast Cancer

Cold Virus As A Cancer Weapon

New Chemo Technique To Avoid Side Effects

Complementary Approaches

The Three "Cís" To Cope With Cancer

Exercising To Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Chalk Up Another One For Broccoli

Expanding Research Into Vitamin D

Exercise Benefits Even Those At High Risk

Foot Rubs and Furry Friends

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk

The Potency of Grape Seed Extract

Synthesizing Vitamins A and E

Alternative Medicine Is Withstanding Scrutiny

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