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Introduction
    Breast cancer is a malignant disease occurs in the breast.  This year, about 170,000 people will be diagnosed with this malignancy.  The diagnosis of breast cancer brings with them many questions and a need for clear, understandable answers...
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Breast Cancer Risk Among Young Women with Hodgkin Disease - There are currently about 120,000 survivors of HD in the United States alone. Among female HD survivors, breast cancer is the most likely tumor to develop and is a major concern for these women. 

"Dose Dense" Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Breast Cancer Patients Compared to Conventional Chemotherapy - A new clinical trial has shown that reducing the interval between successive doses of a commonly used chemotherapy regimen improves survival in women whose breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

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  Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer Is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day - "This book is a one stop guide to so many things involving therapies that it is hard to know where to start. Cancer patients feel this is the best consumer book out there. Information is in plain English, simple terms, with lots of illustrations."
General

What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer - An important booklet from the National Cancer Institute for breast cancer patients. Highly recommended for initial reading.

Breast Cancer Guide - Find articles and Internet resources of breast cancer and explore the details on its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management.

Breast Cancer Information - Different options for I.V. chemotherapy: Chemotherapy doesn't always have to be an I.V. Learn more about your choices.

Preventing Breast Cancer in High-Risk Patients - Endocrine factors are critically important in the development of breast cancer. Certain medications and surgical procedures can be used to reduce the effect of endocrine factors in malignant transformation of breast cells

Facts About Breast Cancer - National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organization provides excellent and in-depth information on breast cancer for patients and their families.

Breast Care Online - An independent, peer-reviewed educational service, free to users working in the field of breast cancer. Registration (free) required.

BreastCancerInfo.com - For specific research and community projects and news about breast cancer prevention and control. Supported by Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Network - Bringing you the latest news on breast cancer research and treatment.

What is "Carcinoma in Situ" of the Breast - Provides information about ductal carcinoma in situ, lobular carcinoma in situ, their diagnosis and management. 

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Help - provides information and resources for people with inflammatory breast cancer, as well as links to a mailing list.

 

Diagnosis


Mammograms : Not Just Once, But For A Lifetime - The National Cancer Institute's treasure-trove about mammograms and early detection of breast cancer.

NCI Statement on Mammography Screening - A recent report in the scientific literature has reawakened debate about the value of screening mammograms. However, the National Cancer Institute continues to recommend Mammogram for breast cancer screening.

Staging System of Breast Cancer - Stage is the most important prognostic factor.

Questions and Answers about Breast Lumps - Not all breast lumps indicate breast cancer.  Only 20% of breast lumps represent breast malignancy. After reading this page, you will know more about the normal changes that can occur in a woman's breasts. 

Estimating Breast Cancer Risk - Information on estimating a woman's chances of developing breast cancer and a sign-up form to order (free) the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool from the NCI.

Breast Cancer & Genetic Screening - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

FDA Mammography Program - General information on the American mandated quality program for mammography facilities. Links to full text of the relevant regulations.

Treatment

Breast Cancer Treatment - Overview of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment for patients from the National Cancer Institute PDQ database.

Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment - Provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Helps patients make a decision about breast cancer treatment.

Breast Cancer Treatment Options - An outstanding summary of current options for patients and their families. Downloading required.

Management of DCIS of the Breast - This article discuses surgical and radiation procedures used for ductal carcinoma in situ treatment.

Radiotherapy & Breast Cancer - Radiotherapy is an important treatment modality for breast cancer after surgical resection of the primary disease. The Radiation Oncology Advisory Group provides information on this adjuvant treatment method.

Breast Cancer Chemotherapy: A Systematic Overview Of Chemotherapy Breast Cancer - A review of current breast cancer chemotherapy drugs and their effectiveness in controlling the disease. Acta Oncol. 2001;40(2-3):253-81. Bergh J, Jonsson PE, Glimelius B, Nygren P.

Axillary Sentinel Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer  - Discuss the new technique for diagnosis of axillary lymph node metastases from breast cancer. 

Breast Tutorial and Teaching Module --William H. Wolberg MD
 
Support 

Community Breast Health Project - Supporting group site in the San Francisco Bay Area includes includes information on political activism and favorite sites for breast cancer information.

Breast Cancer Center - Resource center created especially for those with metastatic breast cancer - individuals who have been initially diagnosed with Stage IV cancer or who are facing a recurrence.

Breast cancer: common reactions of children and how to help - Useful information for mothers with breast cancer. Practical information and advice on how to lessen the impact of breast cancer on your children (University of Wisconsin)

Living Beyond Breast Cancer - Successful treatment means that there is life and love to be lived after cancer. Making the transitions. RealAudio archive from Cancer Care.


Breast Cancer Legislation - provides up to date information on legislative initiatives regarding issues of breast cancer.

Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization - A broad-based advocacy for breast cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. Hotline: 1-800-221-2141. The well-designed site features diverse medical resources of high quality.

National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) - A national organization which advocates on behalf of breast cancer patients and survivors.

 
Other

Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer - Certain reproductive events have been demonstrated to have protective effects, or in some cases can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. This article addresses the relationship between early reproductive events and breast cancer risks. 

Breast Cancer News Alert  - Receive news and updates on breast cancer treatment from the Ivanhoe Medical Breakthroughs.

Anatomy of the Breast  - The female breast is composed of 15-20 sections, called lobes, with each lobe ending in many smaller lobules.

Her2Status  - Provides information about the activity of HER2, its effect on the prognosis of breast cancer, its use in predicting the outcome of therapy, and exciting new targeted therapies that improve the survival of HER2-positive breast cancer patients.

Abortion and Breast Cancer FAQ - by Chris Kahlenborn, MD

Breast Cancer In Male  - Breast cancer is an uncommon cancer among male patients, but it happens.

Breast Cancer Action - An activist political organization.

Lymphedema International Network - This site has useful material, include video tapes available by mail, which may well be helpful and links to other sites. 

 

 
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Cancer Support Group Mailing List - This is a mailing list for general cancer information, include lung cancer.

Financial Assistance  for Cancer Care - provides an extensive listing of resources available that may offer financial assistance to help cover costs of cancer care.
 
Top 10 Questions after Cancer Diagnosis - Virtual Hospital provides this informative lecture hitting all the major points about diagnosis and treatment.
  Ask a Physician - From Mayo Health - Do you have specific questions or concerns? Click here to ask a specialist, or browse frequently asked questions about cancer.
  Web casts - Alphacancer provides  discussions between leading health professionals on a particular topic.  Currently available topics include breast cancer and colon cancer.

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