Marvel's Jane Foster Battling Breast Cancer in New Thor Film
- Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, 40, is a character in Marvel’s new Thor movie, Thor: Love And Thunder, and she is battling breast cancer.
- The fictional Foster treats her breast cancer with radiation. Other breast cancer treatments include surgery and chemotherapy.
- Women aged 45 to 54 should screen annually for breast cancer.
On Trend reports how, “Jane Foster is diagnosed with breast cancer, but she accepts Thor’s offer to represent Midgard in the Asgardian Congress of the Worlds. She attends counseling, although she is opposed to any mystical therapies.”Read More
The film’s social media account confirms Foster’s cancer, stating how, “Natalie Portman confirms Jane Foster’s cancer storyline from the comics will factor in Thor: Love & Thunder. “She’s going through cancer treatment and is a superhero on the side.” – Natalie Portman (via Yahoo Movies)”
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Jane Foster’s Cancer & Breast Cancer Treatment Options
The character’s cancer reportedly worsens when she utilized Mjolnir and transformed into Thor. The character treats her breast cancer with radiation.
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Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are all common treatment paths for breast cancer. In an earlier interview with SurvivorNet, Dr. Ann Partridge, an oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, describes the surgical treatment options for a patient with breast cancer. She says, “So when I talk to a woman who comes to me and she has breast cancer, I evaluate what the standard options for treatment for her are, which typically include cutting out the cancer– which is either a lumpectomy if you can get it all with just a little scooping around of the area that’s abnormal or a mastectomy for some women meaning taking the full breast because sometimes these lesions can be very extensive in the breast.”
“And I’ll talk to a woman about that and I’ll say these are two main options or the big fork in the road. Depending on the size and other features, such as family history, a patient may opt for more aggressive surgery. And so even for early stage one breast cancer, a woman may elect a mastectomy to remove her whole breast,” she says.
Screening for Breast Cancer
Screening for cancer is highly important, especially if you have a history of cancer in your family. Speak with family members and get to know your family’s health history. Talk openly and transparently about cancers that run in your family so you can be proactive about screenings for different cancers, like breast cancer.
When it comes to breast cancer, mammograms save lives. Early detection is critically important and it can mean broader treatment options as well. Women ages 45 to 54 with an average risk of breast cancer should get mammograms annually.
For women with an elevated risk of breast cancer – this means they either have a history of breast cancer in the family, or they have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation – they should begin screening even earlier, before age 45. While getting a mammogram, ask about dense breasts, which may obscure cancer. The technician will be able to determine whether or not you have dense breasts.