Metastatic Breast Cancer

Treatment of metastatic disease is palliative in intent.  Goals of treatment include prolonging life and improving quality of life.  Although median survival has been reported to be 18 to 24 months, some patients experience...

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Childhood Cancers Research

NCI supports a broad range of research to better understand the causes, biology, and patterns of childhood cancers and to identify the best ways to successfully treat children with cancer.  In the context of clinical trials,...

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Childhood Cancer Causes

The causes of most childhood cancers are not known.  About 5 percent of all cancers in children are caused by an inherited mutation (a genetic mutation that can be passed from parents to their children).  Most cancers in...

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Treating Childhood Cancer

Children’s cancers are not always treated like adult cancers.  Pediatric oncology is a medical specialty focused on the care of children with cancer.  It’s important to know that this expertise exists and that there...

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Childhood Cancers

A cancer diagnosis is upsetting at any age, but especially so when the patient is a child.  Types of cancer in children:  In the United States in 2019, an estimated 11,060 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children...

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Breast Cancer Screening Exams

Breast cancer screening exams help find breast cancer at a early stage.  When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.  Along with regular exams, practice awareness.  This means you should...

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Heart Health

Learn how to be heart healthy at any age.  Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  If you don’t smoke, don’t start.  If you do smoke, learn how to quit.  Manage conditions....

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Heart Disease

It Can happen at any age.  Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults.  It is happening to younger adults more and more often.  That is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at...

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How is Cancer Treated?

Treatment options depend on the type of cancer, its stage, if the cancer has spread and your general health.  The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells while reducing damage to normal cells nearby.  Advances in...

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Children & Brain Tumors

Blood test shows promise for detecting genetic changes in brain tumors.  A new study has found that a blood test, called a liquid biopsy, may reveal whether a child with a type of brain tumor known as diffuse midline glioma has...

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MBC Partnering with Your Doctor

Treatment decisions should be a team effort between you and your doctor.  Asking the right questions will help you manage and determine the best course of action for your treatment.  You can ask your doctor: Can you recommend...

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Walk Off Heart-Failure Risk

One in five Americans will develop heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently. But in a recent study of 137,303 older women by the University of Buffalo, those who walked...

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Recent Advances in Cancer

From August 2017 through July 2018, the FDA approved 14 new anticancer therapeutics. These included nine molecularly targeted therapeutics, part of the new wave of precision medicines, as well as two targeted forms of...

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Put Your Gut in a Good Mood

Having a healthy GI tract may play a significant role in mood regulation, says GH Nutrition Director Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D. That’s thanks to probiotics, beneficial bacteria found in your gut that can help improve...

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Perfect Brushing

For inside surfaces of front teeth: Hold your brush vertically and use up-and-down strokes For all other teeth surfaces: Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Brush back and forth in short, gentle strokes. Note: A...

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Take a Turmeric Supplement Yes or No?

Lab studies point to curcumin, a compound in turmeric, as a possible remedy for everything from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer, but studies in people haven’t found real benefits, says Kathryn Nelson, Ph.D., a research...

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Fit More Fiber Into Your Diet

Fiber is probably best know for its ability to help with constipation. But fiber also can lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease. How can you get more fiber?  Choose cereals with bran or fiber in the name. Switch to...

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Mindfulness Exercises

How to get and stay healthy and calm the cerebral way. Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment....

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