Monthly Archives: December 2011

Unlike breast cancer, breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a choice, and according to research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, it’s a choice few women with aggressive breast cancer choose to undergo. Responsible for this study and presentation is Dr. Dawn Hershman who is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She found that women with less invasive breast cancer were more likely to undergo breast reconstruction than those with invasive breast cancer.

Hershman’s research, representing data from 15% of U.S. hospitals, concluded that between 2000 and 2010 only 23.4% of women with invasive breast cancer underwent immediate breast reconstruction and 36.4% with early stage breast cancers underwent immediate reconstruction. Continue reading

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Since the Pink Ribbon Story Foundation is dedicated to creating a community of breast cancer survivors who teach others through the power of sharing their breast cancer stories, we know the impact of stories like Giuliana Rancic’s scheduled double mastectomy. We are grateful for women like Rancic and our women warriors who bravely share their stories.

Recently, Rancic announced plans to undergo a double mastectomy this week. Last October, the E! News Anchor and Managing Editor underwent lumpectomies in both breasts to fight breast cancer, but the treatment failed to destroy all of the breast cancer. Continue reading

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After receiving a $900,000 three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control, the Georgia Department of Health along with the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education will begin a program in Macon, Georgia to test and advise women who have a family history of breast cancer.

The program—the Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Education, Surveillance, and Policy Program—was formed for multiple reasons, the chief one being to test a new screening process to identify and advise women who may have a hereditary disposition for the breast cancer gene. Proponents of the program hope that a more thorough screening process to determine which women actually need genetic testing to determine predisposition toward breast cancer may mean that more insurance companies will be willing to cover testing in the future.

The project will also work to give both doctors and patients more information about breast cancer genetic testing. Continue reading

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A recent article from the Wall Street Journal profiled the issues that many breast cancer survivors face after treatment has ended. Many survivors feel that the support system that is often a staple of breast cancer treatment disappears after treatment ends, leaving them with long-term health, social, and emotional issues.

Due to the strenuous nature of cancer treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and the post-treatment medications, many breast cancer survivors often suffer physical side effects. Continue reading

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With the end of 2011 approaching, the Pink Ribbon Story Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters who’ve helped us throughout the year as we began this foundation. Breast cancer is a devastating disease, and we are so honored to play a role in the recovery journey of so many breast cancer patients and survivors.

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