Hello and welcome to the Breast Cancer Coalition’s Blog, Coalition Voice.
Serving those with gynecologic cancers is an honor and a privilege. We have learned a great deal from the courageous souls who have faced one of these diseases. In line with our mission to provide education here are some of the facts on gynecologic cancer.
I became a breast cancer survivor in January of 2021. Surgery was behind me, I was taking an aromatase inhibitor (AI), and I had my final radiation treatment. I was full of joy when I rang the bell to signal the end of my active treatment! Finally, I could breathe again, after months of tremendous mental strength and courage. […]
Dr. Cheryl Williams is a palliative care physician associated with the University of Rochester Medical Center in Canandaigua.
Jean Weber and her young family had recently moved from New York City to a small town in northern Illinois when Jean found a large lump under her arm while shaving. Her primary care physician referred her to a general surgeon who diagnosed breast cancer. Jean soon underwent a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection. […]
Survivors of breast cancer, especially those whose tumors were estrogen-receptor positive, are often advised by well-meaning friends and family members to avoid soy foods. This myth persists despite evidence to the contrary. It is true that soybeans contain a significant amount of phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds similar to human estrogen, […]
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Black women and White women get breast cancer at about the same rate, but Black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than White women.” Furthermore, Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a subtype of the disease that presents challenges to treatment. […]
As a recent addition to the gynecologic oncology health care community in our region, Ashlee Smith, D.O. treats patients within the Rochester Regional Health Care system. She kindly agreed to share her thoughts with our readers.
In the search for information that is meaningful to patients, sifting through the abstracts and presentations from this highly-regarded annual symposium can be a daunting task, not unlike the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack conundrum.
It comes as an unwelcome surprise to many who are diagnosed with breast cancer that treatments for the disease often result in weight gain.
Danielle Erin Desa is a third-year Ph.D. student working with the laboratory of Edward Brown, Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. As the 2019 recipient of the Coalition’s Pre-and-Post-Doctoral Grant for her proposal, Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying a Novel Predictor of Metastasis, she will study an optical signal produced by fibrillar collagen in breast tumors.