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A breast cancer blog with news, opinion, research and practice updates.

What is Mastectomy?

By |November 16, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

Most breast cancer treatments require some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of the breast, but not necessarily the whole breast. […]

Chemotherapy Side Effects in Breast Cancer Patients

By |November 9, 2015|Categories: Oncology||0 Comments

Medical advancements allow us to treat breast cancer more effectively than ever before. However, side effects can occur as a result of treatment. Many breast cancer patients receive some combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy side effects can range from being a temporary nuisance to having a sustained negative impact on quality of life. As oncologists, it is our job to help patients avoid, lessen or completely eliminate such side effects. […]

Personalized Care & Breast Cancer Screening: A Response to Revised ACS Guidelines

By |November 2, 2015|Categories: Screening||0 Comments

Middle Aged Woman Getting Mammogram

Breast cancer is a common and still lethal disease in the United States. More than 230,000 are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and it is expected to claim more than 40,000 lives.[1] Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and can minimize treatment.

Earlier this year, Breastlink responded to updated U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations to delay screening mammography until age 50 by emphatically detailing the potential harms of delaying a cancer diagnosis. These harms include increased toxicity of chemotherapy, more extensive surgery and a higher risk of lymphedema, as […]

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

By |October 26, 2015|Categories: Oncology||0 Comments

Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatment methods for fighting breast cancer. Typically used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy helps to kill breast cancer cells whether they reside within the breast or have managed to escape throughout the body. […]

Breastlink Partners with Researchers to Explore Atezolizumab in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patients

By |October 19, 2015|Categories: Oncology, Research||0 Comments

Breastlink has partnered with researchers to explore an investigational cancer immunotherapy called atezolizumab (MPDL3280A) in the treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. In early-stage trials, atezolizmab was effective in patients previously treated for triple-negative breast cancer. A new trial will investigate atezolizumab with chemotherapy in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer patients who have not received prior systemic therapy for incurable disease. […]

What is a Lumpectomy?

By |October 12, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

Lumpectomy refers to the surgical removal of a lump or mass from the breast. During a typical lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a lump, be it cancerous or benign, from the breast along with some nearby healthy tissue to make sure nothing was left behind. […]

Introducing Dr. Hang Dang, Our New Breast Surgical Oncologist

By |October 8, 2015|Categories: News, Surgery||0 Comments

Hang T. Dang, D.O, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, recently joined the Breastlink medical staff. With an impressive academic background in breast surgery and a strong understanding of the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer care, Dr. Dang is a valuable addition to the Breastlink team. As we expand our breast health services, adding a talented breast surgical oncologist to our team will allow us to better meet patient needs. […]

Addressing Some Questions About Breast Cancer

By |October 5, 2015|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, Nutrition, Oncology||0 Comments

One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunity afforded to me to be involved in educating patients. Every year, Susan G. Komen® Orange County hosts a series of educational lectures to help patients better understand breast cancer. Events such as these offer me an opportunity to reach out to many at once. This year, I was honored to speak as part of this series to help answer some questions about breast cancer. For those who were unable to attend, some of the topics discussed are addressed below. […]

What is Lymphedema?

By |September 28, 2015|Categories: Breast Conditions||0 Comments

Lymphedema refers to abnormal and persistent swelling and can occur in the arms or legs. Lymphedema occurs when the flow of lymph fluid is obstructed. This condition is usually isolated to a single arm or leg, although it can present itself on multiple limbs. […]

Introducing Dr. Jonathan Zelken

By |September 21, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am Dr. Jonathan Zelken. I am a Johns Hopkins-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with additional training in Microsurgery. It is such a thrill and honor that I was recently selected to join the world-class Breastlink team. Even though I spent most of my life on the East Coast, there is no place I’d rather work.

The decision to join Breastlink was very easy. As some of you already know, the team is fun, smart, motivated and committed to offering the best cancer care in the world. I took a close look at the way all the staff cared about the patients […]