breast cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Record Low Turnout At Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/record-low-turnout-susan-g-komen-race-cure <p><strong><em>(Updated 11:40 a.m., Thurs., June 19</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">)&nbsp; </span></strong></p><p>More than 30,000 people gathered for the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning, turning downtown St. Louis into a sea of pink balloons and tutus.</p><p>Over the past 16 years, Susan G. Komen St. Louis has raised $29 million for breast cancer research and treatment. But attendance at the annual race has been on the decline. There were 10,000 fewer participants at this year’s race compared to 2013.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:55:14 +0000 Parth Shah 37175 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Record Low Turnout At Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scientists-confirm-chemobrain-real-patients-find-validation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most people have heard about the undesirable side effects that chemotherapy has on the body of people suffering from cancer. There's balding, fatigue and loss of appetite, to name a few.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Until recently, however, chemotherapy’s effects on the brain weren’t widely recognized. The cognitive side effects – a &nbsp;fuzzy memory and poor attention span – were usually dismissed by physicians, scientists and even some cancer patients.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:43:32 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 36575 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scientists Confirm 'Chemobrain' Is Real, Patients Find Validation Husband, Wife Find Strength From One Another As They Cope With Cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/husband-wife-find-strength-one-another-they-cope-cancer <p>The day Sha Fields was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, her fiancé came along to offer moral support, and he has been by her side since then. She says she used to wonder how to repay his years of unconditional support. The chance came last year, when the husband, Cliff, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Siteman Center for Advanced Medicine at Washington University had no data on how unusual it is for a husband and wife to have cancer, but Sha says she is hearing that the experience is becoming more common.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:53:37 +0000 Robert Joiner 32591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Husband, Wife Find Strength From One Another As They Cope With Cancer For Young Women, Drinking Alcohol Increases The Risk Of Breast Cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/young-women-drinking-alcohol-increases-risk-breast-cancer <p><strong><em>Updated on August 29 to change 13% to 11% after further clarification from study co-author Graham Colditz.</em></strong></p><p>A new study out of Washington University suggests that young women who drink regularly are at increased risk for developing breast cancer.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:24:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29471 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Young Women, Drinking Alcohol Increases The Risk Of Breast Cancer When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-treating-abnormal-breast-cells-sometimes-less-more When Sally O'Neill's doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn't agonize about what she wanted to.<p>The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.<p>"I decided at that moment that I wanted them both taken off," says O'Neill, who lives in a suburb of Boston. "There wasn't a real lot of thought process to it. I always thought, 'If this happens to me, this is what I'm going to do.' Because I'm not taking any chances. I want the best possible outcome. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 28801 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More Genetics Counseling For Cancer And The Decision To Have Preventive Surgery http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/genetics-counseling-cancer-and-decision-have-preventive-surgery <p>Cancer is cruel and it impacts the lives of far too many people and their families.&nbsp; According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer kills 458,000 people each year.</p><p>Recently, actress and director Angelina Jolie, in a <em>New York Times</em> op-ed entitled <em>My Medical Choice</em>, announced she received a double mastectomy in order to minimize her risk of getting breast cancer.</p><p>Jolie has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.&nbsp; Her mom died from the disease at the age of 56.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:57:14 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 26600 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Genetics Counseling For Cancer And The Decision To Have Preventive Surgery Wash U. Research Findings Could Be Good News To Some Breast Cancer Patients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-research-findings-could-be-good-news-some-breast-cancer-patients <p>The findings of new breast cancer research from Washington University could result in effective treatment for 4,000 additional patients in the United States each year. Scientists made the discovery after analyzing DNA sequencing data from 1,500 patients.</p><p>The research appears in the latest edition of Cancer Discovery.</p><p>So what does this research mean?</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:31:23 +0000 Julie Bierach 7157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U. Research Findings Could Be Good News To Some Breast Cancer Patients In Depth: British Adventurer Completes 1,000 Mile Swim In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/depth-british-adventurer-completes-1000-mile-swim-st-louis <p><a href="http://www.davecornthwaite.com/">Dave Cornthwaite</a> is a remarkable British adventurer and he just completed a 1,000 mile swim down the Missouri River, ending in St. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:51:46 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5146 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Depth: British Adventurer Completes 1,000 Mile Swim In St. Louis British Swimmer Completes 1,000 Mile Swim Down Missouri, Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/british-swimmer-completes-1000-mile-swim-down-missouri-mississippi-river <p><strong>Update: </strong>Dave was interviewed by Don Marsh on<em> St. Louis on the Air</em> on Monday. You can listen to that conversation by clicking <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/depth-british-adventurer-completes-1000-mile-swim-st-louis">here</a>.</p><p>--</p><p>This morning The Gateway Arch was the last stop on British swimmer Dave Cornthwaite’s 1000-mile journey down the Missouri River, completing the last few miles on the Mississippi River.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 21:38:08 +0000 Tim Lloyd 5109 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org British Swimmer Completes 1,000 Mile Swim Down Missouri, Mississippi River New research could lead to better treatment for some types of breast cancer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-research-could-lead-better-treatment-some-types-breast-cancer <p>Researchers at Washington University used new technology to unravel the entire genetic helix for a subset of breast cancer, called basal-like, and found that it is more like ovarian cancer than other types of breast cancer.</p><p>The study’s co-Leader, Mathew Ellis, said that means techniques used to tackle ovarian cancer could be more effective than traditional methods for basal-like breast cancer.</p><p>“The more we understand about an individual breast cancer the more we can actually treat the patient accurately,” Ellis said.&nbsp; “I like to call this genome forward medicine.”</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:04:48 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4681 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New research could lead to better treatment for some types of breast cancer