September 23, 2011 |
Wanda Sykes has revealed to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that she had a double mastectomy this year after doctors found evidence of early-stage breast cancer in her left breast. As she explains on the program set to air on Monday, it all started with routine breast-reduction surgery. But then pathologists discovered that she had ductal carcinoma in situ, also known as DCIS. “I was very, very lucky, because DCIS is basically stage zero cancer,” Sykes told DeGeneres.
October 12, 2011 |
Having mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes lead to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancers in women, but the mutations don't affect health outcomes in exactly the same way. A team led by researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston reported Tuesday that having a mutated BRCA2 gene was associated with improved survival and chemotherapy response among a group of women with ovarian cancer. In fact, women with BRCA2 mutations had better survival after treatment than women without mutations on either gene, the group wrote in a study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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May 27, 2013 |
An aunt of Angelina Jolie who carried a same gene mutation linked to breast cancer as the actress has died of the disease at an Escondido hospital, according to an interview with her husband. Debbie Martin, 61, passed away early Sunday, only a few weeks after Jolie announced that she had undergone surgery to remove both of her healthy breasts as a preventive measure because she carried the defective BRCA1 gene. Jolie wrote about her decision in a May 14 op-ed in the New York Times.
July 29, 2011 |
Really? A company can patent a human gene? Yes, an appeals court decided Friday, in a closely watched case pitting a coalition that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, physicians and health advocates against Salt Lake City-based biotech firm Myriad Genetics Inc. For the Record, 4:14 p.m. July 29: An earlier version of this post implied that the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and...
October 1, 2011 |
Breast cancer is no longer considered a single disease. New molecular tools are allowing doctors to see what is going on inside tumors with much greater accuracy, enabling them to tailor their therapeutic approach to fit the traits of each cancer and the needs of each patient, as the women below illustrate. Sailing through Name: Caryl Engstrom Current age: 51 Home: Los Angeles Diagnosis: Stage 2B breast cancer that was ER-positive Age at diagnosis: 49 Engstrom had a mastectomy, followed by five months of a combination chemotherapy known as ACT (which includes the drugs Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxotere)
May 14, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie was "heroic" for undergoing a preventive double mastectomy, her fiance, Brad Pitt, said Tuesday after she wrote an op-ed piece revealing her decision and describing the mastectomy process, which began in February. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," he told the Weekly Standard in a statement, also thanking their medical team. "All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," he said.