Breast Cancer Month: Raising Awareness & Trish’s Best Doctors Story

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women worldwide and as the World Cancer Research Fund International highlights; this accounts for 12% of new cancer diagnosis each year and represents 25% of all cancers that affect females. It is estimated that worldwide over 508,000 women died in 2011 due to breast cancer (Global Health Estimates, WHO 2013).

Breast Cancer around the world The breast cancer incidence rates, measured by the number of cases per 100,000 females, are far lower in developing countries than in the west but death rates are astoundingly higher. The incidence rates greatly range from to 89.7/100,000 in Western Europe to 19.3/100,000 in Eastern Africa. According to GLOBOAN (2008), developing countries have incidence rated below 40/100,000 but survival rates are shockingly lower than other parts of the world like Europe, USA and Japan. North America, Sweden and Japan’s breast cancer survival rates are 80% or higher. This figure drops to 60% in middle-income countries and further Read more

Best Doctors Corrected Ashifa’s Cancer Misdiagnosis

Ashifa, Best Doctors discovers cancer misdiagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one the scariest moments in your life—whether it’s you, a family member or a friend who hears those words. Intense cancer treatments can have detrimental side effects, such as hair loss, infections, nausea and vomiting, kidney problems, fertility issues and so much more, but they’re worth it to beat cancer.

But what happens when that cancer is misdiagnosed? “Often it takes a fair amount of experience, as well as technology, to make the precise diagnosis,” said Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in an interview. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that up to 1 in 5 cancer cases are misdiagnosed or misclassified, which is why getting a second opinion on the original pathology by an expert is crucial with every cancer diagnosis. Ashifa, a Best Doctors member, was diagnosed with metastatic squamous head and neck cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer, after her doctors found and removed a small lump Read more

3D Printer Produces Functioning Ovaries

Family awaiting a baby

The intricate potential that 3D printing has on their field of medicine continues to evolve and many scientists believe that the possibilities are endless. A recent landmark study has taken 3D printing to a whole new level.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering. Their intention was to begin exploring possible fertility solutions that could ultimately be used to restore female cancer victims’ ability to conceive if they become sterile as a result of chemotherapy or radiation. The experiment was conducted on female mice and began by removing an ovary from each of them. The scientists used a 3D printer to create bioprosthetic ovaries to replace those who had been previously removed. The man-made ovaries are printed scaffolds that house immature eggs[1] and the Read more