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    1. When Breast Cancer Comes Back

      It can happen a year after you finish treatment for breast cancer, or five, 10, even 20 years later. You find another lump, or a shadow appears on one of the mammograms you're having much more often now. Is the cancer back? Every woman who's had breast cancer knows that recurrence is possible. Some

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    2. Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer

      Only about 3% of women with breast cancer take part in clinical trials, according to Y-ME, the national breast cancer organization. This low level of clinical research participation may be stalling treatment progress. The fewer women who join clinical trials, the longer it takes to get data about wh

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    3. Metastatic Breast Cancer as a Chronic Condition

      When a woman is first diagnosed with breast cancer -- any stage of breast cancer -- one of her greatest fears is "What if it's spread?" Not long ago, a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, meaning the disease has spread well beyond the breast into places like the bones, lungs, or liver, meant it w

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    4. Questions to Ask About Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

      Hormone therapy can make a big difference for men with recurrent or metastatic prostate cancer. But it isn't a cure. Its effects are limited and the side effects can be difficult to cope with. Deciding on a therapy -- which drugs, alone or in combination, and what dosing schedule -- can be difficult

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    5. Hormone Treatment Fights Prostate Cancer

      Hormone therapy for prostate cancer has come a long way in the past few decades. Not so long ago, the only hormonal treatment for this disease was drastic: an orchiectomy, the surgical removal of the testicles. Now we have a number of medications -- available as pills, injections, and implants -- th

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    6. A Breast Cancer Survivor's Grief: Losing Your Doctor

      I never expected to outlive my breast cancer surgeon. But almost a year to the day after we first met, Dr. Jeanne Petrek died in the most random, ironic of accidents, hit by an ambulance as she crossed a busy New York street on her way to work at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. When I fi

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    7. 50 Years of Milestones in the Fight Against Cancer

      For every milestone in cancer research, there are countless men and women to thank. Through their creativity and dogged determination, people have hope in preventing, living with, even curing some forms of cancer. Here are just a few of the milestones in the war on cancer, and some of the researcher

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    8. Breast Cancer Survivors: Fashion Hints After Your Mastectomy

      It might sound frivolous -- who worries about fashion when she's fighting for her life? -- but part of the joy (and challenge) of surviving breast cancer is reaching the point where you're confident enough of your health again to start thinking about how you'll wear swimsuits or halter dresses. "Eve

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    9. Breast Cancer Survivors: Nutrition and Fitness Tips

      A bout with breast cancer is likely to leave you eager to do all you can to prevent a recurrence. You may be frustrated that there's only so much about cancer prevention you can control. But you do have control over one area of life: your diet. Eating well can help you take off any weight you may ha

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    10. New Treatments for Breast Cancer: Talking With Your Doctor

      Not so long ago, the doctor spoke from on high and the patient listened. Today, doctors and patients work best when they are partners, most of all when life-threatening, chronic illnesses such as breast cancer are involved. Patients often become experts in their own disease and should feel comfortab

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