How Long Do I Have to Take Tamoxifen?

When women complete their 5 years of Tamoxifen treatment for breast cancer, some are asked to continue the medicine for another 5 years. Now, a new test performed on the patient’s original cancer tissue can tell doctors whether or not this treatment in each case should be extended. Because most women do not have a recurrence after 5 years, it is helpful to know whether taking a medicine with some side effects continues to be necessary. The test is called the Breast Cancer Index, and a study can be found at: Clin Cancer Res 2013; 19:4196-4205.

Cary S. Kaufman, MD, FACS

You are what you eat? Well, yes.

Science links eating habits to certain diseases. Want to feel better and possibly avoid further health challenges? Then consider what you eat.

Lynda McIntyre, a respected nutritionist, says “Many times people think I’m talking about pesticides or additives in food, when I’m not.”  She feels that up to 70% of cancers come from not eating enough healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

Can food be a kind of medicine?  We don’t know yet, but it may prove to be so. So how do you determine the best guide for healthy eating? We’ve attempted to reduce tons of information to the following summary. Continue reading

What Did a 49-Year Survivor Teach Her Daughter?

My mother was a surprising Breast Cancer survivor.  She was diagnosed at 41 when I was nine years old. She was told she had six months to live.  Would she live her whole life, or would she die of breast cancer?

Things were very complicated.

It wasn’t until 6 years later at the age of 15 that she told me.  In those days, you protected kids by not telling them.  Problem was, I had figured it out, and was afraid to ask.  I didn’t totally understand why she was missing one breast. Continue reading