January 28, 2009
Breast cancer: An article in Monday's Health section examining the medical facts in an episode of the TV series "Nip/Tuck" said that a diagnosis of Stage 2 breast cancer means that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Though a designation of Stage 2 breast cancer often refers to a cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm, it can also refer to a tumor of a certain size that has not spread: Stage 2A can be a tumor (without spread) measuring 2 to 5 centimeters in diameter.
July 26, 2011 |
Women with early-stage breast cancer have plenty of procedures and treatments to deal with. So it may come as welcome news that a large clinical trial has found no reason for doctors to perform two tests that were thought to help predict patient survival. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the researchers say that the test results are meaningless. The tests in question involve looking for micrometastasis - microscopic evidence of a breast tumor's spread - in sentinel lymph nodes and in bone marrow.
September 12, 2011 |
Andy Whitfield, star of the cable show "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 39. The Welsh-born actor who moved to Australia was diagnosed with the disease about a year and a half ago, and bowed out of filming the second season of the Starz show after the cancer was discovered, People magazine reported at the time. The Lymphoma Research Foundation says that rates for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have nearly doubled since the early 1970s.
December 8, 2010 |
Breast cancer survivors sometimes avoid strength training for fear it could increase their chances of lymphedema, blockage of the lymphatic system. But a study finds that a yearlong weightlifting program did not raise the risk of lymphedema among women who had had breast cancer. The study, released Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , followed 154 female breast cancer survivors who had at least two lymph nodes removed but were without symptoms of breast-cancer-related lymphedema when the study started.
December 14, 2009 |
"Nip/Tuck" Wednesday on FX Episode: "Lola Wlodkowski" The premise: Lola (Danica Sheridan), a morbidly obese woman, approaches Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) for weight-reduction surgery. Before proceeding with the planned liposuction and tummy tuck, Christian becomes sexually involved with his patient. He also discovers and biopsies a melanoma on her back, which has spread to her lymph nodes and will require chemotherapy. Meanwhile, Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh)
March 13, 1994
"Sisters in Arms" (Three on the Town, by Wanda Coleman, Feb. 6) puts a racial edge on a universal medical problem. Doctors, especially surgeons, are not sensitive enough to women. I found a lump. My general practitioner, a surgeon and a mammogram all said it was nothing. Six weeks later, I went back to the surgeon ready to fight. "I want you to either biopsy this lump or aspirate it, and do it now," I said. When he aspirated the lump, I saw a cloud pass across the eyes of the nurse, and the doctor scheduled a biopsy.