Chemo may spread breast cancer and trigger more aggressive tumors 

In 2012, a groundbreaking study was published which explained how chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth. In 2016, we learned that chemo causes long-term immune system damage in breast cancer patients, reducing key immune cells for at least 9 months after treatment. This year we have another study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, which offers more insight into how chemotherapy could cause cancer to spread, and trigger more aggressive new tumors.

What To Give to Someone Who’s Diagnosed With Cancer

If you’re wondering what to do for someone who’s ill, or sick or going through some type of trauma, my suggestion is that it’s not important WHAT you send them, it’s just important that you send them SOMETHING, or do something, so that they know you’re thinking of them. Send a card, send a newspaper article, send them a funny book, a magazine, almost any little symbol of normalcy. Make them dinner, bring over a cup of coffee, bring some flowers, stop by for a chat and a hug.

5 Ways to Make Life After Cancer Even Better Than Life Before

Having our old life is not always possible and we need to adapt … so consider this new lease on life an opportunity to recreate a new, exciting life after cancer. Don’t think of this as a disappointment – the way I see it is that we can have a ‘better’ life, almost any life you have ever wished for. For example, in the past 19 months since I have finished chemo, I have managed to distract myself with non-cancer thoughts and actions, decrease my stress levels (to lower than my pre-cancer self) and enjoy life. Remember: what is the point in being alive but not being happy after all?!

Chemotherapy-Linked Neuropathy Can Affect Balance, Gait Even Years After Treatment Ends

“Cancer survivors are at a significant increased risk for falls, and the incidence rate of falling after chemotherapy is a serious concern for survivors’ long-term quality of life,” said Maryam Lustberg, M.D., senior author of the study and director of breast cancer survivorship services at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our study provides new insights on how taxane-based chemotherapy can impact fundamental aspects of patient function. These new insights can help us develop better strategies to help patients combat these challenges and, in some cases, choose a different therapy to treat the disease but with reduced side effects.”

Tumor Scanner Promises Fast 3D Imaging of Biopsies

NIH-funded researchers have developed a groundbreaking new microscope to help perform the pathology in minutes, not days. How’s that possible? The device works like a scanner for tissues, using a thin sheet of light to capture a series of thin cross sections within a tumor specimen without having to section it with a knife, as is done with conventional pathology. The rapidly acquired 2D “optical sections” are processed by a computer that assembles them into a high-resolution 3D image for immediate analysis.

More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People 

Wealthy Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than poor people, a new study finds. The reason: It’s not because affluent people are more likely to get cancer, but rather because they undergo more medical tests, the researchers explained.

How to Prep for #Pinktober

We need your help this Pinktober to make the breast cancer movement more accountable to women by exposing companies that are pinkwashing—and the organizations that are enabling them.

In defense of breast density notification laws 

Breast density notification laws were developed and enacted specifically because of strong evidence about the limitations of mammography in women with dense breast tissue and the demonstrated benefits of supplemental screening in them. The laws vary by state, although there are efforts to develop a national standard. It is important that radiologists, primary care physicians, and ob/gyns work together to implement breast density notification as effectively as possible.

The Role Of Vitamin C In The Treatment Of Terminal Cancer

What we know is that the “present state of cancer chemotherapy is unsatisfactory.” People have a perception that chemotherapy “will significantly enhance their chances of cure,” but if you put all our cancer-killing chemo together, the overall contribution to five-year survival is on the order of 2 percent—all those side effects for a 2.1 percent survival rate bump, at a cost of maybe $100,000 per patient per year. So, it may be worth looking deeper into therapies like IV vitamin C. However, the lack of financial reward, since vitamin C can’t be patented and sold for $100,000, and bias against alternative medicine “could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering this approach.”

Medicaid restrictions linked to increased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses 

Women in Tennessee who were diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage disease after a substantial rollback of Medicaid coverage for adults in the state, according to a new analysis. When investigators compared women living in lower-income areas with those in higher-income areas, low-income areas saw the greatest shift to late stage diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to the potential negative health impacts of limiting Medicaid enrollment.

Psilocybin, Cancer & Spiritual Awakening

People facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis may struggle with more than the medical treatment. They sometimes experience an existential crisis, in which life loses its meaning. In such situations, anxiety and depression may overwhelm and paralyze them. To address this problem, some psychiatrists decided to see whether the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin could make a difference.

This Breast Cancer Survivor Is Already Dreading October 

Those newly diagnosed with breast cancer may become enamored with pink as they begin their journey with cancer. It’s easy to fall into that media trap. Signing up for those Susan G. Komen 5Ks and buying all that breast cancer paraphernalia just kind of seems like the right thing to do, but is it really? I did a lot of research at the end of last year and found out that not much money raised by those cancer organizations actually go toward cancer research. Most of the money raised goes toward salaries and administrative fees.

Fitness May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Aerobic fitness seems to alter the interior workings of cells in ways that may substantially lower the risk of breast cancer. A new study with female rats found that those that were the most fit were much less likely than other animals to develop cancer after exposure to a known carcinogen, even if they did not exercise. The findings offer tantalizing new clues into the relationships between fitness, exercise, and malignancies.

Five natural compounds that help fight HER2 breast cancer

Five natural, bioactive compounds have been shown to improve HER2 treatments while also being active against HER2 positive breast cancer in their own right. Indeed, an increasing list of natural, bioactive compounds is being shown to help fight HER2 breast cancer – psoralen, curcumin, olive oil, anthocyanins and beta-glucans, each seem to have action against HER2 positive breast cancer, according to research.