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Dr. John Link Answers Breast Cancer Questions

Breastlink Medical Director of Oncology John Link, M.D., recently received a letter from a student asking about oncology and breast cancer. Unfortunately, this junior high school student had recently lost a relative to breast cancer. This experience inspired her to make breast cancer the topic of a yearlong, school research project. Dr. Link was pleased to answer some of her questions. Read his response below.

I am happy to answer your breast cancer questions to help with your research project. It sounds like a good project to work on. It made me sad to hear about your loved one having died of breast cancer.

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By |June 15, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer|1 Comment

Breast Cancer Incidences Expected to Grow

Over the next several decades, the incidence of breast cancer is expected to rise. We will also witness shifting patterns regarding the types of breast cancer diagnosed and ages of women diagnosed. As these changes occur, it is critical for breast cancer treatment teams to consider each case individually.

It is necessary for physicians to consider each patient’s disease on a case-by-case basis. Every breast cancer and every woman diagnosed with breast cancer is different. It is critical that women receive care tailored to their individual needs. A multidisciplinary team of breast cancer specialists will consider all possible options according to cancer subtype and personal goals to ensure women receive the […]

USPSTF Recommendations Ignore Reality of Breast Cancer

Annual mammogram screening beginning at age 40 saves lives. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends less frequent screening at a later age, not because screening will not save lives, but because it will not save sufficient numbers of lives when started before age 50.

The guidelines are based on outdated, blemished data and do not evaluate cost-effectiveness or any other benefits of early detection. In fact, USPSTF states, “Screening mammography in women ages 40 to 49 years may reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer, but the number of deaths averted is much smaller than in older women and the number of false-positive tests and unnecessary biopsies are larger.”[…]

Breast Cancer Patients Lack Knowledge of Disease

Many breast cancer patients are unfamiliar with basic information about their disease. Researchers who recently surveyed patients regarding tumor stage, grade and hormone receptor status were surprised by the amount of women without accurate knowledge of these cancer characteristics. Without information about their condition, women miss out on opportunities to improve their health and outcomes.

Do Breast Cancer Patients Understand Their Disease?

Few studies have investigated whether women with breast cancer understand specific details about their cancer. In a survey of 500 women, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston sought to find out how much women actually know about their disease. Results were published in the January 2015 issue of […]

By |April 2, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer|1 Comment

Breast Cancer Genetic Testing – Battle for the Breasts

Bethany Hamilton emerged the winner in Surfline’s Battle for the Breasts, a friendly online video competition among some of the world’s best female surfers to raise awareness around breast cancer genetic testing. Participating on behalf of Breastlink and the Cancer Research Collaboration, Hamilton’s victory provided us the opportunity to offer our patients $50,000 worth of genetic testing courtesy of Ambry Genetics.

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Battle for the Breasts surfers promote breast cancer awareness.

Breastlink and the Cancer Research Collaboration were honored to have Bethany Hamilton as its representative in Battle for the […]

Battle for the Breasts & Hereditary Breast Cancer Testing

Two finalists remain in Surfline’s Battle for the Breasts, a contest pitting some of the world’s leading women surfers against one another to raise breast cancer awareness.

Breastlink has an opportunity to receive $50,000 worth of hereditary breast cancer genetic testing vouchers if its representative in the competition, Bethany Hamilton, wins in the final round of voting. Voting ends on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Battle for the Breasts Hereditary Breast Cancer

Hereditary Breast Cancer Testing Vouchers

Breastlink is honored to be represented by Bethany Hamilton. She has proven herself to be one of the world’s best […]

Why Pink for Breast Cancer?

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the blush shade of pink in the month of October when we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A color long associated with little girls, princesses and all things light and airy is now ubiquitous, standing in as a shade that symbolizes the fight against breast cancer and an awareness of a disease once only spoken of in hushed tones.

Now we see manly football players proudly don pink socks and pink tennis shoes. Men don pink ties and shirts. It’s splashed across television, the fashion and cosmetics industry release special pink items. Even the University of Oregon outfitted their entire football team in special pink […]

By |October 3, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer|Tags: |0 Comments

Breast Cancer Genomics

The availability of molecular information on breast cancer genomics is rapidly expanding. Patients who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer can easily be overwhelmed by volumes of information in a very short period of time. The good news is that all of the information available is meant to guide personal decisions for cancer management so that we use biology and science for real-life choices. Knowledge is power.

Next Generation of Breast Cancer | Dr Kapoor

The Next Generation of Breast Cancer

Join Dr. Kapoor on Thursday, October 9 from 6-7:30 pm in Santa Ana for her talk on advances in screening, surveillance and […]

Local Women Bring Breast Cancer Questions to Michelle’s Place

Mastectomy or lumpectomy? Chemotherapy? Breast reconstruction? Radiation?

These are just a few of the decisions a breast cancer patient faces after receiving her diagnosis.

With so many medical advancements and earlier detection of the disease, treating breast cancer today also means making a lot of decisions. A crucial part of your treatment is to better understand what to ask your doctor, what choices you have and what sources to reach for if you want to conduct your own research to answer your breast cancer questions.

Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Questions Forum

That’s why about 30 individuals packed the room at Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula one recent evening to listen […]

The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Despite being a highly publicized disease in this country, far too many American women do not properly understand their personal risks of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that 40,030 Americans will die from breast cancer in 2013.

Although not every life will be saved with early detection, and some types of breast cancer are more serious than others (see Dr. John Link’s recent blog post for more information), detecting breast cancer at an early stage can lead to a better patient prognosis. Recent data from the National Cancer Institute reinforces the role early detection can play to improve a patient’s prognosis. 5-year relative survival rates […]

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