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Sat, Mar 2 11:20am · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

So sorry. I have about 18 knobs to work with here. I usually have a technical assistant but I'm solo today. 🙂

Sat, Mar 2 11:05am · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

We are now live, but running behind schedule so the slide shown asks you to stand by.

Fri, Mar 1 10:29am · Video Q&A about Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Healthy Living

Dr. Victoria Gomez, gastroenterologist, will discuss and answer questions about endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, a newer type of weight-loss procedure.

Learn more about:

  • why it’s done
  • risks
  • who it’s for

Post your questions for Dr. Gomez to answer during the broadcast.

Fri, Feb 22 9:19am · Video Q&A about the Evolution of the Breast Cancer Clinic in Breast Cancer

Broadcasting live from the Capture the Moment Cancer Education Symposium in Orlando, Florida, join the conversation about how the breast cancer clinic has evolved into what patients are familiar with today. Breast cancer experts Dr. Sarah McLaughlin, Dr. Lauren Cornell, Dr. Martha Wasserman, and Dr. Alvaro Morena Aspitia, will have a panel discussion and take questions from the live and online audiences.

Please post your questions below.

Thu, Feb 14 8:05am · Video Q&A about Cancer Immunotherapies in Cancer

Hey @susu2, I sent your question to Dr. Dawn Mussallem. She was delayed in her response due to some pressing deadlines, but she just sent her response:
So your question, does diabetes cause cancer….

Type 2 diabetes either on its own and when combined with being either overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk for several cancers, including colon, gallbladder, pancreatic, liver, esophageal, postmenopausal breast, ovarian, endometrial, renal, bladder, and thyroid cancers, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Lifestyle factors including dietary intake, physical activity, and body fatness appear to promote or inhibit cancer development.

Here are some healthy living suggestions:

–It is important to eat a low fat, sugar free diet rich in whole foods including an abundance of vegetables, non-sweet fruit especially berries, whole grains that are high in fiber, legumes, low fat dairy, and fish. Avoid anything white, this includes sugar, white flour, white potatoes, white rice, etc. Also avoid processed meat and try to reduce consumption of red meat too. Include healthy fats in your diet such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado and a small serving of nuts especially walnuts, almonds, and cashews. But if you are overweight/ obese, don’t eat too many nuts because these are high in calories.

–Be active. Move your body every single day!

–Practice relaxation/ deep breathing exercises, pray and/or meditate 10-20 minutes every day.

–Good sleep hygiene is important, aim for 7 hours sleep a night.

Lastly, you mention that you take a statin and metformin. Studies suggest both these medications have favorable benefits in patients with cancer!

Thu, Feb 14 8:03am · Video Q&A about Cancer Immunotherapies in Cancer

Hey @cmd03, I sent your question to Dr. Dawn Mussallem. She had several deadlines she was up against and apologized for the delayed response. Here's what she said:
Great question! This is one that physicians and cancer researchers are interested in too. To date, the relationship between cholesterol and breast cancer risk has not been a consistent finding in high quality human studies. IN other words some research suggests high cholesterol may be protective when other studies suggest the opposite. This is because when known breast cancer risks such as postmenopausal obesity and diet are factored into the research it is really challenging to make a conclusion specific to cholesterol and breast cancer risk. The UK ACALM Big Data registry is the most recent, comprehensive well designed study on the topic. In this study of over 16,000 patients, those with hyperlipidemia were almost half as likely to develop breast cancer and in those that did there was a 40% reduction in mortality and improved long-term survival. Statins are suggested to be the possible link. Other studies have suggested similar benefit of statins however due to conflicting evidence to date it would be misleading to suggest that statins prevent or treat breast cancer. Bottom line: the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise and a low fat diet should be emphasized first and if one continues to have high cholesterol despite lifestyle change then statins should be considered when recommended by your physician.

It is important to know that natural products are not standardized and can cause harm. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. So replacing a statin with something natural isn’t necessarily better for you.

Metformin has been used for over 50 years to improve blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. It may also lower LDL-cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Research is ongoing.

Wed, Feb 13 2:29pm · Video Q&A about Cancer Immunotherapies in Cancer

Hey @gemma1960, your question was sent to Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero. Here is his response: Recent data suggest marked tumor heterogeneity in many different tumors including ovarian cancer, renal cell clear cell carcinoma and lung cancers, which makes treatment decisions based on tumor genetic analysis difficult.

Wed, Feb 13 2:27pm · Video Q&A about Cancer Immunotherapies in Cancer

Hi @odette, I sent your question to Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero. Here is his response: I agree there is a need for more research on clear cell carcinomas of the ovaries. I saw 2 patients this week. Early detection will remain a challenge since there is early dissemination through the peritoneum.