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How Do Breast Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy Treatments Work?

At our hospital, we get a lot of questions about immunotherapy treatments for breast cancer. Immunotherapy is one of latest, most promising lines of research in breast cancer, part of a growing breed of biologic therapies. Immunotherapy is often mentioned in the same context as the coveted “breast cancer vaccine.” Although immunotherapy and cancer vaccines are still in the research phase, many believe immunotherapy alone, or [...]

CyberKnife & Other Recent Developments in Breast Radiation Treatments

Radiation oncology has seen some impressive advances in treatment technology including robotic radiation delivery, accelerated radiation programs, and prone breast boards. In light of increasing advancements in the field, NYU Winthrop Hospital recently established a full Department of Radiation Oncology as opposed to a Division under the Department of Radiology. This separate department recognizes the [...]

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is now the most commonlydiagnosed cancer in the world. Cancer is a group of diseases involving the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells that can destroy healthy tissue in the body. Typically, cells die when they get too old or damaged, and DNA signals for new cell growth. Cancer occurs when a [...]

Why I Volunteer at The Maurer Foundation

My name is Carol Esposito and I am proud to say that I have been an active volunteer at The Maurer Foundation for nearly 20 years. My husband John and I met with Dr. Virginia Maurer in September of 2000 for a consultation regarding my breast cancer diagnosis. After surgeries, subsequent chemotherapy treatments and finally [...]

Are Cooling Caps a Solution to Chemo-Related Hair Loss?

Photo Source: Paxman Haircare Advancements in cancer treatment are occurring all the time, but one consequence of chemotherapy stubbornly remains, alopecia or hair loss. This particular side effect can cause deep psychological and emotional repercussions on a patient’s quality of life. Chemotherapy-related hair loss can cause “anxiety, depression, lowered self-esteem, and an overall reduced sense [...]

Nutritional Supplement Know-How

What to Consider When Contemplating Dietary Supplements People around the world are spending over 140 billion dollars every year on nutritional supplements, with the well-intentioned effort to improve their health.(1) The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 defines a dietary supplement as a product taken by mouth that may contain contain dietary ingredients [...]

Early Detection

While research and treatments are always advancing, the most effective tool we have to fight breast cancer hasn’t changed: early detection. Breast cancer early detection is so important simply because cancer’s inherent danger is how quickly it can spread. The sooner a tumor is found, the faster a doctor can work to isolate and remove it, preventing [...]

Immunotherapy

Treatments that attempt to use the body’s own defenses to control the cancer. Also known as immunomodulation.

Immunosuppressed

A state in which the immune system experiences lowered resistance to disease. It is often a result of certain infections or chemotherapy treatments.

Clinical Trial

Human studies that are used to test new drugs or treatment and compare them to current standard treatments.