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‘We are always, always on guard’: For those with underlying health conditions, distancing is matter of life or death

Staying indoors in the midst of a global pandemic is literally a matter of life or death for people with underlying health conditions. Helen Black, who has stage four breast …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Healthy biological clock helps protect heart, WSU study finds

A Spokane-based study found that a healthy body’s biological clock plays a role in protecting the heart against the toxicity of radiation treatment in mice.

Lincoln Hospital now offering 3D mammography to patients

More patients at Lincoln Hospital and clinics will have access to preventive breast cancer screening in the new year thanks to the hospital’s recently installed 3D mammography machine.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

New drugs show rare promise against advanced breast cancer

Doctors on Wednesday reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous …

Women of the Year: For two decades, Dr. Carol Guthrie has been Spokane’s go-to breast cancer surgeon

“It’s just such a privilege and honor that women share their journeys with you,” Guthrie said. “And they’re very vulnerable, and I’m just amazed by how strong they are, and …

Women of the Year: For two decades, Dr. Carol Guthrie has been Spokane’s go-to breast cancer surgeon

“It’s just such a privilege and honor that women share their journeys with you,” Guthrie said. “And they’re very vulnerable, and I’m just amazed by how strong they are, and …

Licking cancer: U.S. postal stamp helped fund key breast study

Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: …

UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study …

U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly …

Spokane doctor discusses trends in breast cancer screening and treatments

Dr. Stephen Thatcher is a radiation oncologist at Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane. In a Q & A, he covers some of the latest updates for breast cancer screening, genetic …

’Veep’ production postponed during Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer treatment

Production on the seventh and final season of HBO’s “Veep” has been postponed while its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

Young breast cancer survivors fight to be seen

Valerie Bunt doesn’t look like your typical breast cancer survivor.

“Her Royal Highness Queen Kathie” was tough, mean and loved by many

Longtime “Queen of the Bitches” Kathie Bross has passed away, her purple tiara passing to a successor.

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Sacred Heart ending mobile breast cancer screening service

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is getting rid of its “mammography coach,” the mobile radiology lab that has provided women across the Inland Northwest with breast cancer and osteoporosis screenings …

Froma Harrop: Better science reporting can reduce scares

The problem with today’s unnecessarily scary reports is usually not the scientists suggesting elevated risks or the statisticians crunching the numbers. It’s how these risks and numbers are reported.

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says

Just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day significantly raises the risk of breast cancer, while vigorous exercise such as running and bicycling reduces it, according to …

Student art project ties historic Steam Plant facility to breast cancer awareness

Students from East Valley STEAM Magnet School in Newman Lake will have artwork on display in the downtown Spokane landmark “indefinitely.”

Stand up to Cancer co-founder Noreen Fraser dies at 63

Noreen Fraser, a TV producer whose own cancer diagnosis turned her into an activist against the disease, has died. She was 63.

FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants

Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. …

Loss of local Komen chapter will not curb breast cancer help in Spokane

The American Cancer Society’s free 24 hour hotline can provide information about cancer diagnosis, treatment and local support and resources for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, as well as friends …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington chapter shutting down

The Eastern Washington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization is closing its doors at the end of March, but a different organization is stepping in to take its place.

Breast cancer tattoo photos lead to Facebook expulsion

A woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery has been booted from Facebook for showing …

Social isolation may worsen breast cancer prospects

Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, …

DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

It’s aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control – something cancer often takes away.

Some women with high breast density should get annual screenings, study says

An ambitious research effort published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women’s breast cancer screening practices to match their actual risk of breast cancer. …

Breast cancer diagnoses could be prevented or delayed, study shows

Ask almost any health-conscious woman who’s mustered under a giant pink ribbon, and she’ll tell you what an American woman’s chances are of getting breast cancer in her lifetime: 1 …

U.S. creating pink commemorative coin to fund cancer research

U.S. officials are developing a new, pink commemorative coin to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research, said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored legislation for its …

Missouri senator says she has breast cancer

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she has breast cancer and would remain in St. Louis for the next three weeks to receive treatment.

Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings …