breast cancer

Every Invasive Breast Tumor Needs This Test

Posted on 10/9/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer — meaning a tumor in the tissue, not in a duct — must be tested for the HER2 gene and protein, according to new guidelines from two expert groups. The HER2 test can indicate whether a tumor is aggressive and fast-growing. If the test shows a tumor is HER2-positive, meaning it has an extra copy of the HER2 gene or high levels of HER2 protein, a woman can be treated with …

Ginseng Helps Patients Fight Cancer Fatigue

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHigh doses of pure American ginseng, taken by cancer patients and survivors for just two months, brought marked improvement in the severe fatigue often experienced both during and after chemotherapy, a new study has found. Cancer-related fatigue, experienced by up to 90 percent of cancer patients,  is a profound tiredness that is not relieved by sleep or rest. “It can significantly impact the ability of people to accomplish the things they are used to doing every day,” lead researcher Debra …

Helping Chronically Ill People Made Simple

Posted on 08/15/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeSimple is better, many people say. Sarah LaFave certainly took a simple idea and transformed it into something that makes life better for lots of folks. She connects energetic college students with people who are chronically ill and need help with everyday chores. Discussion: Where do you go to get some extra help? Genius, huh? LaFave launched her program, Lori’s Hands, while a nursing student at the University of Delaware in Newark in 2009. “There’s no trick to it, nothing complicated about …

The Jolie Effect: More Women Consider Cancer Gene Test

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSometimes all it takes is one celebrity’s simple, powerful story to help women realize the health options they have. A new Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey estimates that about 6 million women nationwide said they would seek medical advice on having preventive surgery to lower their cancer risk thanks to movie star Angelina Jolie’s announcement in May that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie, 38, said that she also planned to have her ovaries removed after a test revealed that …

A Renewed Sense of Self After Cancer

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: My wife lost a breast to cancer. Chemotherapy took six months, during which she basically lay on the couch and had no energy. It’s now 16 months after chemo and she’s still on the couch. I can’t get her to get up and do much of anything, including sex. We have no money to do any traveling since Social Security is all we get. Any ideas? Dr. Pepper Schwartz: She sounds as if she might be depressed. It is …

Evvie Heilbrunn: Climbing for a Cause

Posted on 07/1/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeEvvie Heilbrunn is no shrinking violet. Four days a week the two-time breast cancer survivor hikes at least two hours or works out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. She sweats it out with a personal trainer another two days. And did I mention that she has Parkinson’s disease and will climb Mount Everest this fall? Heilbrunn, 57, of Great Falls, Va., will travel to Nepal in October with other Parkinson’s patients from the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute in …