Hormone Therapy

Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am , by

You may have seen the headlines this week about a new study showing that postmenopausal women who take hormone therapy have a greater risk of getting invasive breast cancer—and of dying from it. If you’re one of those women trying to keep the crazy hot flashes at bay, try not to overreact. “Based on this information there is no need to flush your estrogen down the toilet,” says Lauren Streicher, M.D. (right), assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Streicher, who will be on the Ladies’ Home Journal Medical Advisory Board (to be officially announced soon), says that the media often gets ahold of studies before doctors do. So doctors like her have to scramble to read the research, and make sense of it, before their phones start ringing with patients anxious for answers. But the bottom line, she says, is “if you look carefully at the numbers, it is not as significant as the screeching headlines make it sound.”

She wrote a great blog about it for the Dr. Oz site. So if you want a voice of reason on this subject, read it here.

My Beef With Sex and the City 2

June 3, 2010 at 10:52 am , by

I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of Sex and the City 2 at Radio City in New York last week. The red carpet was lined with paparazzi and crazed fans, the stars looked glamorous and almost every scene in the film got raucous cheers from the passionate audience. I had a blast. Sure, the clothes, the locations, the action were all completely over the top. But hey, it’s been a long recession, and the movie provided pure escapism, just like Fred and Ginger did during the Great Depression. Still, one thing about the film bothered me, as it did my friend Courtney Bugler.

Courtney had just turned 29 four years ago when she heard the bad news: she had breast cancer. But she fought it hard. That included having her ovaries removed, although first she preserved some of her eggs. She suffered the symptoms of instant menopause, but later had one of her frozen embryos implanted. Now, four years later, she’s healthy and has a 1-year-old baby boy named Aidan, along with her husband Alan and four very large dogs. She has also become an advocate for young breast cancer survivors and runs the Atlanta affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition. I invited her to write a guest blog here and explain why one aspect of the movie really ticked her off. Read more