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7/6/2015Kudos to the editors of the July 2015 issue of Artemis which I received by email recently. The articles are timely and excellent and although the articles address recent research findings in medical terminology there is also enough layman's terminology regarding issues that any women concerned with breast cancer issues can understand and identify with very easily. Addressing issues such as the "Benefit of Surgery for Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ," the recommendation against imaging for metastatic cancer in asymptomatic women with stage I or II breast cancer, as well as the high inaccuracies among different estrogen tests and, more importantly, studies that show that double mastectomy as a prophylactic measure does not meaningfully improve survival are certainly of interest to every woman concerned about breast cancer and the potentially lifestyle disrupting treatment associated with a breast cancer diagnosis. The article on the need for cardio-oncology is also of particular interest.

I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate this service and knowing that Johns Hopkins continues to stand for excellence of care and an informed patient population.
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7/7/2015thanks for taking the time to write! we want to keep people well informed about what is happening around the world when it comes to breast cancer research. knowledge is power! L

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