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Dual-targeted therapy for HER2+ metastatic breast cancer

Eugene Ahn, MD

If you have HER2-positive breast cancer, it’s important to understand all of your treatment options. As part of my work as an oncologist, I have written about advances in breast cancer treatment, particularly the potential benefits of the drug combination pertuzumab (Perjeta®) and trastuzumab (Herceptin®). I want more women to be aware of this dual-targeted approach to HER2+ breast cancer so they can have an informed discussion with their doctors.

New knowledge of metastatic cancer brings more treatment options


For many years, it was thought that metastatic cancer developed randomly. But in the past few decades, researchers have found that cancer follows specific steps when it spreads. Greater understanding of the biologic workings of metastasis has helped bring about new treatment options for patients facing this advanced form of cancer.

Exercise: It does a body good


With so much going on in life, who has time for exercise? The short answer is, you do. There’s good news on the too-busy-for-fitness front, and American Heart Month is just the time to share it: You really don’t need a lot of time to squeeze a healthy exercise routine into a hectic schedule.

The connection between romantic love and pain relief

Raed Rahman, DO

Love is often called a drug. The experience of falling in love—of being in the initial throes of a romantic relationship—brings a euphoria that’s likened to the high of a drug addict. The early months of romantic love trigger responses in the brain’s reward centers, the same areas that rev up when someone uses illegal drugs

Reconnect with your emotional intelligence to live with greater ease

Many people experience stress and anxiety in their everyday lives. It’s important to stay in tune with your body’s emotional intelligence, or your ability to identify, understand and regulate your emotions. Two practices—heartfulness and mindfulness—can help reconnect us with our innate, authentic intelligence so we can be more effective at work, in relationships, and in pursuing what we value in life.

The Emperor of All Maladies: Cancer documentary airs in March


It was a simple question that cancer patients have posed for generations: What is this disease I’m fighting? This time, cancer specialist Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee chose to answer it in a big way—with an in-depth “biography” that chronicled cancer’s past, present and future. It’s told through the eyes of doctors, researchers and the patients who put a face and voice to the fight against the disease.

The quest for quantified self: Do wearable gadgets make us healthier?


Keeping track of your health has never been so easy, or so hip. Wearable gadgets are everywhere, it seems, helping people track their calorie intake, vital signs, sleep patterns and more, with little effort. Every minute of every day. But what does it all mean? With all the data captured, calculated and shared, are these health devices actually making us healthier? It depends on how you use them, and how you protect yourself in the process.

Innovations in cancer care for 2015


Cancer care has come a long way over the years. Patients are living longer and surviving at higher rates than ever before. Much of the progress comes courtesy of cutting-edge innovations in cancer treatment and prevention. Here are four examples of innovations our hospitals are bringing to patients this year to help them lead healthier lives, during and after treatment: