Breast Cancer Blog

Stay up-to-date on breast cancer risk assessment, research, and treatment on the Cristine Meredith Miele Breast Cancer Blog. We'll post important new developments to keep you informed.


Containing Cancer Versus Killing It

In breast cancer treatment the approach has always been to try and kill all of the cancer cells. But what if you instead tried to place metastatic cells in a state of dormancy, keeping them inactive and unable to give rise to new tumors? That’s the focus of a new study and it opens the […]

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Should You Worry About Breast Sensitivity?

Breast sensitivity isn’t unusual, nor is breast pain. Research has found that over half of women experience breast pain at times. The question is: Is this something to worry about? Could your breast pain be a sign of breast cancer, for instance? In this month’s blog, let’s get into why your breasts may be painful, […]

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Protons Therapy Creates Fewer Side Effects Than X-Rays

Both x-rays and protons are used to bombard cancer cells during treatment, and they have the same cure rates. But new research shows that proton therapy has much lower risk of serious side effects compared with x-ray therapy. According to the American Cancer Society, 1,762,450 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. […]

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Can Foods Protect You Against Cancer?

You don’t have to watch much TV to see the latest miracle supplement promising all sorts of health benefits. But if you pause the feed and read the incredibly small type on the bottom of the screen, without exception it says, “Statements not evaluated by the FDA.” This, of course, means there is no science […]

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Excess Stress Helps Breast Cancer Grow and Spread

Stress is not only no fun — who likes an overbearing boss who seems to have the goal of making every day more stressful than the last? — but it also has various health consequences, such as high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attacks, and the like. To that list you can now add […]

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Oolong Generates Some Oohs and Aahs

Everyone has heard of at least some of the health benefits of green tea. Research has focused on the potential prevention aspects of green tea when it comes to breast cancer. But what of other types of tea? Few studies have looked past green tea to other forms of tea to see if they also […]

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Molecule Shows Promise in Blocking Tumor Growth

Cancer is a sneaky customer. One of its underhanded ways is to trick the body’s immune system into not attacking it, or to even help it grow. But a team of scientists seems to have found a way to use immunotherapy to pull the rug on this deception of cancer cells. Their study was reported […]

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The Good with the Bad — Chemotherapy Side Effects

Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body. That’s why it is used in most cancer treatments, especially breast cancer — because the cancer cells are growing and multiplying more quickly than normal cells. Depending on your individual situation, chemotherapy may be the main treatment option, or […]

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Immunotherapy Makes Inroads Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

A prognosis of triple-negative breast cancer has been something no one wants to hear, as it is the most aggressive and deadly form. But if a new study is any indication, there is new hope for patients receiving this news. The key is immunotherapy, which seems to boost survival rates. The results were recently reported […]

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