Thanks, Louise Penny, for reminding us of what’s warm,  welcoming and a bit silly. It’s usually winter in Three Pines, a village hidden in a forested Canadian valley somewhere between Quebec City and Montreal. The enchanting hamlet doesn’t actually exist, although it should, and many of us prefer to think it does. Author Louise Penny created this tiny …

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It’s maddening that come patients are being denied the hope they need when diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Mind you, TNBC is nothing to mess with, but my mantra through my 13 years living through and writing about the disease is, “Most women with TNBC survive and go on to live full lives.” I’ve …

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Hundreds of thousands of women’s lives have been saved by mammography and improvements in breast cancer treatment since 1989, according to a study published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. According to the report,,female breast cancer mortality rates in the United States increased by 0.4% per year from 1975 to 1990. Since 1990, …

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In a study of postmenopausal women, participants who lost weight had a lower risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer than those who maintained or gained weight. The research was published online in CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings suggest that weight loss may help lower postmenopausal women’s breast cancer risk. [NOTE: I was …

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The chemotherapy drug doxorubicin encapsulated in nanoparticles an be especially effective in treating triple-negative breast cancer, according to a study published in Precision Nanomedicine.    Researchers found that increased cell kill in triple-negative breast cancer cells was associated with the smallest size of nanoparticles and the slowest release of doxorubicin. “Nanomedicine is a very exciting …

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A new study in the International Journal of Cancer reviewed previous research on the link between meat consumption and breast cancer risk and concluded that processed meat increases your breast cancer risk significantly. This includes bacon, ham,  sausage, hot dogs, salami, and beef jerky. Researchers found that eating processed meat was associated with a 9% higher breast cancer risk. Interestingly, they …

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Here’s one way triple-negative cancer works, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center: Tumor cells reprogram metabolic pathways to gain control over a type of immune cell that allows cancer growth. Here’s the technical explanation: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells that live in and around a cancerous tumor encourage a stem cell-like growth that’s …

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