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Q: role of trauma in reoccurence of b. cancer according to dr. baum. ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: role of trauma in reoccurence of b. cancer according to dr. baum.
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: amandagill-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 23 Feb 2004 14:41 PST
Expires: 24 Mar 2004 14:41 PST
Question ID: 310008
Looking for information regarding

Dr. Michael Baum, UK Oncologist regarding the place of trauma in
reoccurance of breast cancer. Refer specifically to the san antonio
texas conference on breast cancer, possibly 2002.  I will pay to find
comments from Dr. Baum on this subject!!!   May need to contact his
office in UK for complete text of the original talk given at this
conference where he spoke on his views.
Subject: Re: role of trauma in reoccurence of b. cancer according to dr. baum.
Answered By: majortom-ga on 23 Feb 2004 16:44 PST
Hello Amandagill,

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium has streaming video of the
2002 Symposium at their website:  
(Scroll down to "Streaming Webcast"

I have located notes from the Symposium from, quoting
_Healthfacts_, January 2003:

In them Dr. Baum is paraphrased regarding the role of surgeries and
other trauma in contributing to the spread of a cancer.

I have also located a Medscape Newsmakers interview with Dr. Baum on the subject:
(you will have to register with Medscape to view it, but registration is free)

And also the Canadian Breastcancer screening study upon which some of
this controversy is based:

I am glad to be able to assist you with this information.  Please let
me know if you need anything else.



Request for Answer Clarification by amandagill-ga on 24 Feb 2004 09:11 PST
Hello Majortom:

I have taken a cursory glance through the data....and it may be in
there, but i did not find it.

I am a cancer patient going through chemo now.  this question is very
important to me.   the reason i was willing to pay 25 dollars is that
I would like, if possible, to have the exact quote (s) all
specifically supporting data placed in front of me.   Can you pull
them out of the text, please?

I want some specific statements relating to the role of trauma
(surgery ok, but I was thinking of other kinds of trauma) in the
reoccurance of cancer.

I looked through some of your stuff, but if I did a search on the word
trauma, found I did not see that it was in there.

Can you please pull it out and make it easier for me?

I know this exists because my oncologist, dr. waisman was there at the
conference and does remember his comments.  He was the one who
directed me to the san antonio conference (but double check the


Amanda Gill

Clarification of Answer by majortom-ga on 24 Feb 2004 11:06 PST
Hello Again,

You can view or listen to Dr. Baum?s entire presentation at the 2002
symposium online at the SABCS website:
Click on

Presentations from The 25th Annual SABCS Dec. 11-14, 2002
Select your connection speed
Then click on ?Main Menu?
Select ?McGuire Memorial Lecture?
You will need Windows Media Play and Flash 6.

I have checked the abstracts for the 2001 and 2003 symposiums and have
not found anything more relevant to trauma.  It is possible he spoke
about it in response to a question or used it to illustrate a point
not included in the abstracts.  If after reviewing the 2002
presentation this is not what you need, I recommend you double check
with your doctor.  It is possible another presenter spoke on this
topic.  Although Dr. Baum is quoted extensively in online sources, I
have not found anything relating to trauma.  If you are certain he is
the expert in question I will attempt to contact his office directly
if the above materials are not enough.

I wish you the best of luck and health,


Clarification of Answer by majortom-ga on 24 Feb 2004 14:26 PST
I think I may have found a study that will be helpful to you.  It is
from the British Medical Journal for June 15, 2002.

A quick quote from the results:
"We controlled for biological prognostic factors (lymph node
infiltration and tumour histology), and found no increased risk of
recurrence in women who had had one or more severely stressful life
experiences in the year before diagnosis compared with women who did
not (hazard ratio 1.01, 95% confidence interval 0.58 to 1.74, P=0.99).
Women who had had one or more severely stressful life experiences in
the 5 years after diagnosis had a lower risk of recurrence (0.52, 0.29
to 0.95, P=0.03) than those who did not."

I will cross reference the authors with the San Antonio symposium and
see if there is any link.

For future help researching this topic, Google returned much more
useful hits searching stress+breast+cancer than trauma+breast+cancer.

I will take another look at the SABCS site and see what I find.

Clarification of Answer by majortom-ga on 24 Feb 2004 14:39 PST
Further examination of the SABCS website has not revealed anything
useful.  The above cited study, however, is worth taking a look at. 
You may find the references at the end very useful.

Here is another article from the journal Behavioral Medicine and

Everything that I have found on Dr. Baum indicates that he is known
for his opinions regarding mammography, biopsies, and breast cancer. 
I have not found anything relating to Dr. Baum, stress, and breast

Please let me know if there is anything else you need,


Clarification of Answer by majortom-ga on 25 Feb 2004 10:22 PST
I have been thinking further about your question.  I phoned the
symposium coordinator, Rich Markow, and he was kind enough to direct
me to a transcript of Dr. Baum's talk.  You can follow this link:
but if that doesn't work, follow the directions I gave you before for
downloading the webcast, and click on the "transcript" button when the
webcast loads.  (I hadn't taken this one last step and seen this
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