20Aug, 2014

IDC — Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

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Invasive Ductal CarcinomaLarger Version Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), sometimes called infiltrating ductal carcinoma, is the most common type of breast cancer. About 80% of all breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas. Invasive means that the cancer has “invaded” or spread to the surrounding breast tissues.  Ductal means that the cancer began in the milk ducts, which are the “pipes” that carry milk from the milk-producing lobules to the nipple. Carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues that cover internal organs — such as breast tissue. All together, “invasive […]
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2Jun, 2014

Number of Cancer Survivors Continue to Grow

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A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are almost 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 19 million by 2024. This includes everyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life. The report, “Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures,” and an accompanying journal article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians were released June 1, 2014. The report says even though the rates […]
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23Oct, 2013

A Survivor’s Story by Elizabeth

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My name is Elizabeth. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 at the age of 48 after I discovered a lump on my breast. I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of this diagnosis, I had to get a lumpectomy in my right breast. I also received chemotherapy, which I tolerated well, and radiation therapy. These treatments allowed me to say goodbye to my cancer and Hello to the rest of my life. At the time of my diagnosis and treatment […]
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23Oct, 2013

A Survivor’s Story by Darnetta Coleman

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My name is Darnetta Coleman. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother of 11. In the year 2002 at the age of 46, during one of my routine self-breast examinations, I discovered a lump in my breast. After having a mammogram I was told that the lump looked suspicious and I needed to see a surgeon. After having a biopsy, it was confirmed that I had early stage breast cancer–a rare type called Medullary Carcinoma, of which only 3% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have this type. […]
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