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  1. When Breast Cancer Spreads

    If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it's called advanced cancer, or metastatic cancer. The most common places it spreads to are the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. News that your cancer has spread is scary, but there are many treatments that work for metastatic brea

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  2. Your Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

    If you're facing advanced breast cancer, called metastatic or stage IV cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. That's understandable. "The goals of therapy are to prolong life, while at the same time maintaining a good quality of life," says Julie Gralow, MD, of the Seattle Cancer Care Allianc

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  3. Feel Your Best During Treatment

    Easing your pain, fatigue, or even itchy, peeling feet is part of your doctor's job when you're in treatment for advanced breast cancer. Don't be afraid to speak up! There are many ways to treat the side effects of cancer drugs. When you have advanced breast cancer, you are likely to be on some kind

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  4. Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

    If you have advanced breast cancer, you may be thinking about joining a clinical trial. Patients often test new drugs or treatments in these careful studies. Joining a trial can benefit you and the women who come after you. After all, we have today's treatments because other women took part in a cli

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  5. Breast Lumps: 8 Myths and Facts

    When you feel a lump in your breast, it's understandable to be concerned. But don't jump to conclusions.   Instead, take action. Call your doctor to find out what it is.  Also, make sure you haven't fallen for any of these 8 myths about breast lumps. Most breast lumps women feel -- 8 out of 10 -- ar

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  6. Preventive Double Mastectomy: FAQ

    Preventive double mastectomy is surgery to remove both breasts as a way to try to prevent breast cancer.   If you're considering it, you need answers to the following questions.   Some of the most common reasons are: Cancer in the family: Did your mother, sister, or daughter have breast cancer, espe

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  7. 10 Mammogram Myths and Facts

    You may have a million excuses not to get that annual mammogram, but your reasons may not be as good as you think. Don't blow off your appointment before you get the facts behind these myths and defenses. It's true that if breast cancer runs in your family, you're more likely to get it, especially i

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  8. Surviving Thyroid Cancer: Sofia Vergara's Story

    Is Sofia Vergara the world's funniest sexy woman, or the world's sexiest funny woman? Whichever way you put it, there's been a lot more laughter in American living rooms since the Colombian-born Vergara, 41, made the jump from hosting variety shows on the Spanish-language network Univision to starri

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  9. Eating Well During Cancer Treatment

    Chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments can be hard on your body. Fortunately, making healthy food choices can help you feel better and speed your recovery. "When you're being treated for cancer, it's important to avoid extreme diets that may leave you short on key nutrients," says Vero

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  10. The Risks of Cancer Screening

    Routine cancer screening can save lives. It can also cause serious harm. This is the "double-edged sword" of cancer screening, says Otis Webb Brawley, MD, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society. "Many of these cancers we treat and cure never needed to be treated and cured," Brawley say

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