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new ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer

Genetic tumor testing determines the best therapy for fighting cancer and preventing chemotherapy. One simple test saved me from unnecessary chemotherapy for one of the most common forms of breast cancer. One cancer expert at Baylor College of Medicine gave me the OncotypeDX test which saved me from chemo. This was after I consulted doctors at Conroe Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center; who actually told me their protocol is to automatically give you chemo without performing a diagnostic test to see if that would benefit a common, curable breast cancer. This test has been FDA approved since 2005 (!!!), yet some doctors are reluctant to change their protocols or inform patients of the test - or dismiss the request. I won't give you my opinion of why I was informed of this, all I will say is that chemotherapy is a big business. Download this informative articles (below) for more information so you will know and can share it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, then give them the information to make informed decisions about their treatment. Take the time to determine your options. I did and it saved me from unnecessary chemo. And I'm cancer free!

Houston Chronicle - Project on Genetics of Cancer Expands - By Eric Berger
Houston Chronicle - Study Changes Care For Breast Cancer - By Eric Berger

 

new diagnostic methods in breast cancer

Baylor College of Medicine is a leader in up-to-date cancer treatments, saving thousands of women from unnecessary chemotherapy. It's worth researching. Not everyone has the same type of cancer; some may need chemotherapy but find out first! At the Baylor College of Medicine Smith Breast Center, patient care is internationally recognized ensuring treatment based on the latest findings and discoveries. Baylor's vision for the future is personalized medicine - using patients' own genetic makeup to help identify their potential for breast cancer, prevent its onset, more effectively diagnose and treat the disease when it does occur, and one day, provide a cure. After 30 years of focused research, breast cancer is among the first diseases to be treated using genetic analysis, with the doctors and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine providing much of the scientific data leading to this approach. The Smith Breast Center is using genetic testing to identify women with a predisposed genetic risk for breast cancer and offering treatment programs; including new clinical trials designed to prevent the disease.

 

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Always get a second opinion!

Demand the OncotypeDX be submitted or change doctors.

Genomic Health is a cancer gene testing laboratory that your doctor can use to determine the best treatment for your type of cancer. Below are types of cancers providing answers through genomic tests:

Breast Cancer Colon Cancer
Renal Cancer Melanoma
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Prostate
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The Oncotype DX cancer test is the first and only multigene expression test to be included in the published guidelines of both the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, to predict the likelihood of chemotherapy benefit as well as recurrence, for patients with node-negative breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive and/or progesterone-receptor positive. The Oncotype DX gene-based diagnostic test can also help men and women with some types of colon cancer learn more about the biological features of their specific tumor and help indicate how likely it is that a patient's cancer may return in the future.

Additionally, physicians use Oncotype DX to make treatment recommendations for certain node-positive breast cancer patients, and the test report also provides quantitative scores for select individual genes. Oncotype DX has been extensively evaluated in thirteen clinical studies involving more than 4,000 breast cancer patients worldwide, including a large validation study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and a chemotherapy benefit study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Both Medicare and private health plans covering over 90 percent of U.S. insured provided reimbursement for Oncotype DX for patients with node-negative breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive and/or progesterone-receptor positive through contracts, agreements or policy decisions.

R.G.C.C. Blood Analysis

Until Every Woman Knows...

I found that the Center For New Medicine practices true medicine (traditional and alternative) and has recommended not using the therapies many doctors traditionally recommend when treating cancer. Instead, they find out the best treatment and have even reversed and cured illnesses in people who were told previously they were not curable. Dr. Connealy holds seminars to educate other physicians regarding offering the tests and educating them on healthy diet and living to alleviate illnesses.

I am excited to finally discover several locations who offer advanced blood testing to enable an individual to discover if they have cancer even before a tumor is formed (without waiting 7 years). These doctors are the only ones in the United States that practice traditional and alternative medicine.

More exciting is the test to discover the stem cells in the blood stream to identify which origin source the cancer is located in the body. The fantastic test is only available in a few places in the United States right now, and two of them are right here in Texas. One of those locations is the Integrative & Functional Health Center in Rowlett, just outside of Dallas, and they also have OncoBlot (the Oncotype DX cancer test); and another is Southlake Vitality, in Southlake, also near Dallas. The test is called R.G.C.C. Blood Analysis.

Thyroid Cancer

Recently, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms. By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram after viewing the show. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?

We need to pass this on to our daughters, nieces, mothers and all our female friends - and husbands tell your wives!! Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

From our wonderful client Tammy Mitchell ~ "Thank you Tammy."