Trumping the Affordable Care Act

“On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market . . . → Read More: Trumping the Affordable Care Act

Breast Reconstruction in Oncology and Cosmetic Surgery: A Comparative Sociological Analysis

Breast Cancer Consortium heartily congratulates BCC partner Cinzia Greco on the successful completion and formal defense of her dissertation research at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and CERMES3 laboratory. Her comparative research in France and Italy explores how patients and doctors view and manage post-mastectomy breast reconstruction versus cosmetic breast surgery.

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The Lown Institute's RightCare Alliance

The Lown Institute’s RightCare Alliance is a grassroots movement of clinicians, patients, and community leaders who are demanding and creating change to the healthcare industry — one that sees patients as people, not profits, and gives everyone access not just to care but to the RIGHT CARE for their medical needs.

Learn more: www.rightcarealliance.org . . . → Read More: The Lown Institute’s RightCare Alliance

Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

“Podcast: Pathologic profiling – Dr. Otis Brawley on cancer overdiagnosis” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

It its 5th in a series of podcasts on overdiagnosis, Health News Review publisher Gary Schwitzer speaks with chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley.

The in-depth interview was a refreshing break from usual discussions . . . → Read More: Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

Health News Review Interview with Dr. Laura Esserman on Rethinking DCIS

“DCIS dilemma: Dr. Laura Esserman podcast” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

When a recent article on “Breast Cancer Mortality After a Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” was published in JAMA Oncology, Dr. Laura Esserman, a surgeon and breast cancer specialist at the University of California San Francisco, co-authored an editorial, “Rethinking the Standard . . . → Read More: Health News Review Interview with Dr. Laura Esserman on Rethinking DCIS

How Should We Address Breast Cancer When Norms Continually Change?

Accompanying Photograph: Andy Katz/Demotix/Corbis

When faced with decisions about breast cancer treatment or screening, it can be hard to know what to think.

Gayle Sulik, The Guardian, Oct. 20, 2015

Three decades ago, researchers believed breast cancer was one disease, so it made sense to treat it that . . . → Read More: How Should We Address Breast Cancer When Norms Continually Change?

Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

By Melanie Testa

For me, beauty ideals and expectations related to the female body are a form of tyranny. I resent that in the face of a lethal disease the conversation turns to hair and wigs, reconstruction and ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ programs. I seek to bolster a new female paradigm. In this paradigm, . . . → Read More: Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment

“Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment,” by Siobhan O’Connor, Time.

“What if I decide to just do nothing?”

It was kind of a taunt, Desiree Basila admits. Not the sort of thing that usually comes out of the mouth of a woman who’s just been diagnosed with breast cancer. For 20 minutes she’d been grilling . . . → Read More: Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment

“Period, end of discussion?” Not so fast. Breast surgeon sidesteps mammography screening debate.

An interview on NPR’s Fresh Air between Terry Gross and Dr. Elisa Port, chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, touched upon breast cancer screening, cancer spread, surgical removal of a healthy breast, genetic testing, and general changes in treatment over the years. Unfortunately, it missed the boat on the most hot-button issue . . . → Read More: “Period, end of discussion?” Not so fast. Breast surgeon sidesteps mammography screening debate.

Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

“Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary,” by Rob Stein, NPR.

Nearly 70,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. DCIS is an overgrowth of cells within the lining of the milk ducts. Such growths are not dangerous unless they break through and invade other breast tissue and ultimately spread to lymph . . . → Read More: Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

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