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Susan M. Love
Dr. Susan M. Love is a pioneer in the field of women’s health and breast cancer. She is President and Chief Visionary Officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation dedicated to achieving a future without breast cancer by engaging the public and the scientific communities in innovative research on cause and prevention. Dr. Love is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a former member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. She serves on the boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Young Survival Coalition. Best known to women for Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, termed “the Bible for women with breast cancer” by The New York Times (4th edition 2005) and now available in the 5th edition; and. Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book, first published in 1998 and revised in 2003,

Entries by Susan M. Love

Are All Appearances What They Seem? New Insights Into DCIS

(20) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:13 PM

We tend to forget that science does not always represent "the truth" but is instead our best guess based on the data currently available. Much of our understanding of breast cancer comes from looking at cells under a microscope and predicting how they are going to behave. Based on this...

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Sometimes, Diagnosis Is in the Eye of the Beholder

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 7:22 PM

Rita Wilson's recent announcement of her experience with an early breast lesion emphasizes both the importance, and the limitations, of the pathologist in the evaluation of a breast biopsy. As laypeople, we assume that a pathologist can look at a piece of tissue and easily tell whether it...

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Apple Puts Skin in the Game to Support Breast Cancer Research

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:42 PM

The launch of Sage Bionetworks' Share the Journey breast cancer research app on Monday at Apple's Spring Forward event was a game-changer in more ways than one.

First and foremost, for the millions of people who have received treatment for breast cancer, it's a way to use smart...

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Bad Luck and Stem Cells

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 12:01 PM

There has been a bit of furor in the media around a recent study about most cancer being "bad luck." Posts by others in the medical field call into question the research findings, how the media covered the story, and how the

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The End of October But Not the End of Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:04 AM

As October comes to an end, we can put away our pink clothes for another year and focus on the real challenge -- not awareness, but action!

I doubt that there is anyone in the United States who does not connect pink with breast cancer and who is not...

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All Cancer Is Metastatic!

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:05 PM

October 13 was National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Last Friday, a new collaboration amongst breast cancer organizations -- the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance -- was announced, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is one of the 15 founding members. Why?

I have written about my difficulties with...

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The Balkanization of Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:07 AM

In the middle of the celebratory Pink Cloud, that we in the breast cancer business call October, I think we need to stop and recognize that we are all in this together. Our collaboration with Susan G. Komen and Young Survival Coalition and our focus on the collateral damage of...

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It Is Time to Work Together!

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 10:53 AM

As the summer wanes and October looms, I am struck once again about the fragmentation of the breast cancer advocacy movement. The history of activism dates well back to 1952 and the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery when a doctor had to give permission for a post...

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Worth a Drink?

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:13 AM

We just received some good news on the breast cancer front -- for a change!

A study published online April 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that breast cancer survivors who have a drink a day actually fare better than women who don't!

Questions surrounding a...

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We Are Not Mice!

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Yesterday, we were greeted with an amazing study that demonstrated one of the problems in current medical research. In sum, this was the study's finding: We are not mice!

While this may not come as a big surprise to most of you, it has shaken up the scientific...

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HRT Questioned Again -- Really?

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:43 PM

Once again we are returning to the question of whether menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases breast cancer risk.

The recent issue of Journal of Family Planning and Health Care contains an article by two researchers who argue that the data used in the previously reported

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Breast Cancer Surgery -- Ignorance of Anatomy, Not a Dearth of Guidelines

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 2:41 PM

As the New York Times and other news organizations are reporting, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that nearly one in four women who have a lumpectomy to treat their breast cancer require another surgery to remove additional tissue.

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More Is Not Always Better

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 4:15 PM

When it comes to medicine, all too often we think, "Well, if a little is good for you then more must be better!" But three studies published this month alone underscore why, when it comes to our health, more may actually be more than we need.

The first

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Avastin -- Back in the News

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 4:00 PM

As you've probably seen, Avastin is back in the news, and while members of the media have asked lots of experts to weigh in, the reality is that right now we don't yet know what these new findings really mean. Research involves doing experiments in different conditions and...

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Parabens and Breast Cancer: A New Study Brings More Questions Than Answers

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 11:01 AM

Most people who have heard me talk know that I am focused on finding the cause of breast cancer so that we can prevent it. Many people have suggested that the answer may well be the environment. The recent Institute of Medicine Report on Breast Cancer and the...

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Do Lesbians Have More Breast Cancer?

(14) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:22 PM

It's an interesting question. And it's one we still can't answer.

Why? Because too many researchers just don't think to ask -- or are afraid to ask -- study participants a question about sexual orientation. And because there hasn't been much money put into research that specifically focuses on...

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'Tis the Season for Breast Cancer Stories (Again?)

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Why do the media's breast cancer stories come all at once?

Recently, for example, you may have noticed an increased number of stories on mammography. The reason? The annual Radiological Society of North America meeting.

This also might be why all the stories seem to be in support...

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Who Owns the Data?

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Everyday, thousands of altruistic men and women participate in clinical research projects. They carefully fill out questionnaires, give samples of tissue or body fluids, and take drugs or placebos, all in an effort to improve our understanding and/or our treatment of diseases. Terrific advances have resulted from these efforts, such...

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Wishful Thinking and Breast Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 7:39 PM

All too often, when it comes to breast cancer, we seem to get caught up in wishful thinking and forget about science.

We use wishful thinking when it comes to breast cancer screening guidelines. We get angry at the experts who tell us studies show that mammography is less...

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Metastatic Breast Cancer: Telling the Whole Story

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 3:36 PM

By now you have noticed that it is October, and that a pink haze has settled on the land. The message of "early detection saves lives" has been broadcast on every form of media available. But there is a part of the breast cancer story that is less "feel good"...

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