Breast Cancer News

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Understanding and treating ER-positive breast cancer

Understanding and treating ER-positive breast cancer

The way that a doctor treats ER-positive breast cancer depends on many factors, including the stage of cancer, how much it has spread, and the source of cancer. If the cancer is ER- or PR-positive, hormone therapy will almost certainly be included in the treatment plan for the patient.

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Targeted Cancer Drug May Also Help Protect Fertility

Targeted Cancer Drug May Also Help Protect Fertility

In the mouse study, researchers from the NYU Langone Medical Center and Perlmutter Cancer Center in New York showed that the targeted agents known as mTOR inhibitors block chemotherapy-induced damage to the ovaries that causes infertility.

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Understanding Post-Treatment “Chemobrain”

Understanding Post-Treatment “Chemobrain”

Although these are all small studies, together they point to imbalances or deficits in neurotransmitter activity as risk factors for cognitive impairment after cancer treatment, a conclusion that could have a variety of treatment implications. For example, research shows that in animal models, the antidepressant fluoxetine can prevent or improve memory problems associated with the chemotherapy treatment 5-FU.

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The Truth About Progesterone and Breast Cancer

The Truth About Progesterone and Breast Cancer

Hormone receptor-positive breast cancers have many hormone receptors. When breast cancer develops, the tumor cells become overly sensitive to estrogen. When estrogen activates the estrogen receptor, it turns on a panel of genes that tell the cells to keep dividing, driving tumor growth. However, when breast cancer cells have working progesterone receptors, and there is sufficient progesterone available, progesterone will slow down estrogen fueled growth and division of these cells.

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Black Women Still Far Less Likely to Get Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Black Women Still Far Less Likely to Get Immediate Breast Reconstruction

“Since these large databases play an important role in making healthcare policy, it’s important to appreciate the significant differences in racial and socioeconomic disparities in immediate breast reconstruction,” senior author Samuel J. Lin, MD, MBA, of Harvard Medical School, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said in a press release.

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Royal Rife and a ‘virus’ at the heart of every cancer?

This article covers the work of Royal Rife, a scientist who could well have been at least 80 years ahead of his time. Not only did he invent one of the most powerful microscopes ever seen, he used it to identify foreign matter, which he called a ´virus´, at the heart of every cancer. He then went on to work out the energetic frequency of each of the different ´viruses´ he found and even build a ´Rife Machine´, or colloquially a zapper, which could adjust electrofrequency and kill off that particular ´virus´ leaving healthy cells untouched. He was ridiculed, attacked and his work stopped. He died a pauper. Only now are scientists once again thinking there might be an infection contributing to every cancer, as Big Pharma contemplates the profits involved in developing a myriad of vaccines.

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Breast cancer risk slashed by Rainbow Diet

Breast cancer risk slashed by Rainbow Diet

A colourful Mediterranean Diet, or a Rainbow Diet, can reduce the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer by 40 per cent, according to research by the World Cancer Research Fund. It was particularly effective at reducing non-estrogen positive breast cancers (ER-) like Triple Negative Breast Cancer and HER2+ Breast Cancer, which have been increasing and now account for a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers.

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Is Bisphenol S Just as Risky as Bisphenol A?

Is Bisphenol S Just as Risky as Bisphenol A?

Replacing BPA in common products allows manufacturers to claim their goods are BPA-free. It doesn’t mean that the plastics, receipts or paper currency containing replacement compounds are safe. Bisphenol S, or BPS, is one of the most widely used replacements. Testing in breast cancer cells shows, however, that BPS also mimics estrogen and is an endocrine disruptor.

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How Does Bisphenol A (BPA) Affect Breast Cancer? 

How Does Bisphenol A (BPA) Affect Breast Cancer? 

Scientists at Duke University have found that this endocrine-disrupting compound can make inflammatory breast cancer cells resist treatment. When these cancer cells are treated with bisphenol A in the laboratory, they generate more of the signaling molecules called epidermal growth factor receptors. A low dose of BPA doubled the amount of EGFR on cell surfaces. As a result of exposure to BPA, these aggressive breast cancer cells grew faster and were less likely to die when treated with common anti-cancer drugs. A response of this nature could complicate treatment of this devastating disease.

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How To Fund Your Cancer Treatment

How To Fund Your Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and decide to pursue a natural or integrative protocol, traditional insurance policies may not cover the cost of treatments. In this case, there are options to help ensure that everyday financial responsibilities do not become overwhelming.

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10 Revolutionary Life Lessons from Studying Cancer Survivors

10 Revolutionary Life Lessons from Studying Cancer Survivors

Kelly Turner studies cancer patients who have been told they had only months to live, that there was nothing more that could be done, and yet are walking around cancer-free years later. She calls these cases radical remissions — instead of spontaneous remissions, as they are more commonly referred to — because what she has learned from analyzing more than 1,000 (out of an estimated 100,000) of these cases is that there are common threads among the behaviors of the people who have radical remissions.

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Breast Cancer Aftermath: Cutting Through the Brain Fog(s)

Breast Cancer Aftermath: Cutting Through the Brain Fog(s)

Maybe it is because I am getting older? Whatever it is, more research needs to be done. It is really frustrating and embarrassing, too. But I can say this: Things have started to get better. It has been months since I had a major memory obstacle. However, I still find some trouble getting my words out. And for those who are still battling chemo brain, please know it will get better. I know it is frustrating. Hopefully, in time it will go away. But I honestly think I always will have some of it left in me.

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Preventive tools for women at high risk for breast cancer 

Preventive tools for women at high risk for breast cancer 

Some women are more prone to getting breast cancer than others. Knowing your risk may prove empowering, especially at a time when prevention efforts are growing in both importance and availability. With today’s focus on preventing cancer when possible, some medical leaders are designing programs specifically to identify high-risk women and help them avoid becoming the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

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Novel Approaches in Male Breast Cancer

Novel Approaches in Male Breast Cancer

Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare and poorly understood disease, but recent molecular studies have revealed fundamental differences from female breast cancer that could help guide treatment strategies toward a more tailored approach

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Killer: Cancer or Chemo?

Killer: Cancer or Chemo?

A recent analysis found that cancer drugs are themselves killing up to 50% of patients within thirty days, indicating that chemotherapy was the cause of death, not the cancer. Of course, chemotherapy can kill patients over the long-term as well. Chemo can shrink tumors, but it doesn’t eradicate them. It also kills healthy cells in the process. Additionally, cancer can re-emerge in patients still undergoing chemotherapy. Researchers think this is because tumors are fueled by cancer “stem cells” that are largely immune to chemo. It is also incredibly expensive for the consumer (which is key for the drug companies), costing around $10,000 a month.

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More Breast Cancer Patients Than Previously Thought Could Benefit from PARP Inhibitors

More Breast Cancer Patients Than Previously Thought Could Benefit from PARP Inhibitors

PARP inhibitors like Lynparza (olaparib) were designed to treat patients with inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, but more women with breast cancer could benefit from these drugs, a study suggests. The team found that up to 22 percent of breast cancer patients had mutations that led to a defective BRCA function — a much higher percentage than the 1 to 5 percent of women known to have BRCA mutations. While the results must be validated in future clinical trials, the findings suggest that a much larger percentage of breast cancer patients could benefit from already approved PARP inhibitors.

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Breast Cancer-related Clinical Trial Controversy Resurfaces

Breast Cancer-related Clinical Trial Controversy Resurfaces

In his article, “The evidence base for HRT: what can we believe?,” Professor Robert D. Langer argues that a small group of the study’s investigators “hijacked” the data. One of his accusations is that the group incorrectly reported that the study was cut short because of higher risks of women developing breast cancer and heart attacks from the hormonal treatment. The serious allegations against some of the investigators in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI; NCT00000611) suggest that the study reporting violated guidelines on how trial data should be presented.

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Cancer Linked to Gut Health

Cancer Linked to Gut Health

Until 2014 scientists had no reason to believe that bacteria might play any role at all in breast cancer. But then a Canadian, Dr. Gregor Reid, a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, felt that this since mothers impart bacteria to their children from breast milk, and the longer a mother breast feeds the more protection she gives herself, maybe there were bacterial factors at work in breast cancer. Sure enough, Dr. Reid and his doctoral student Camilla Urbaniak from Western University, Ontario, Canada, showed that your breasts do have their own set of live bacteria – their own microbiome.

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How to Find Support for Advanced Breast Cancer

How to Find Support for Advanced Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer, also called stage 4 breast cancer, can be challenging to live with. In addition to enduring the physical toll of cancer and its treatment, you might also experience emotional highs and lows. Treatment can slow the cancer’s progression for months or years, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which means you may need support over a long period of time. But it’s important to know that you don’t have to go it alone. There are many resources and sources of support available to help you better manage advanced breast cancer. Here’s how to find the emotional and practical support you need for your journey.

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Afinitor May Keep Breast Cancer Patients on Chemo Fertile

Afinitor May Keep Breast Cancer Patients on Chemo Fertile

A major concern for premenopausal women who have chemotherapy is infertility. That’s because the treatment can damage the ovaries and reduce the supply of ovarian follicles, precursors of egg cells that are needed for future pregnancies. “Our results argue that everolimus may represent a fertility-sparing drug treatment to complement the freezing of eggs and embryos, which are valued methods, but time-consuming, costly, less effective with age, and not protective of long-term ovarian function,” Goldman said.

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Are Hazardous Waste Sites to Blame for Cancer Hot Spots?

Are Hazardous Waste Sites to Blame for Cancer Hot Spots?

“Our goal was to determine if there were differences or associations regarding cancer incidence in counties that contain Superfund sites compared to counties that do not,” said Dr. Emily Leary, study co-author, in a press release. “We found the rate of cancer incidence increased by more than 6 percent in counties with Superfund sites.”

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Aggressive Breast Cancer Therapy Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

Aggressive Breast Cancer Therapy Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

Thirty percent of patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) responded to the experimental therapy sacituzumab govitecan after failing to respond to other treatments, according to Phase 2 trial results. Other measures of its effectiveness included the length of time patients responded to treatment, overall patient survival rate, and time to progression. The therapy was also well-tolerated, the team added.

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Early State Breast Cancer Therapy Decapeptyl Wins British Approval

Early State Breast Cancer Therapy Decapeptyl Wins British Approval

Britain has approved Ipsen Pharmaceuticals’ Decapeptyl (triptorelin) in combination with tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor to treat pre-menopausal, early stage breast cancer patients. St Gallen, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) updated their early stage breast cancer treatment guidelines. The new guidelines include a recommendation that an ovarian function suppressor be used in combination with tamoxifen or Aromasin to treat these patients.

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Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location…before symptoms appear

Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints location…before symptoms appear

The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients.
The team discovered that tumours which arise in different parts of the body hold a distinctive ‘footprint’ which a computer can spot.

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8 Ways To Detox Your Home 

8 Ways To Detox Your Home 

We are exposed to more synthetic chemicals in our food, air and water, than ever before. While many people avoid chemicals in their food, the sad fact remains that most people aren’t aware of the nasty toxins they may inadvertently invite into their homes. While there really are countless ways to give your home a detox, here are 8 of the best ways to eliminate excess toxins from your home:

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Breast Cancer Detected with 100% Accuracy by Dogs Sniffing Clothing, French Team Says

Breast Cancer Detected with 100% Accuracy by Dogs Sniffing Clothing, French Team Says

German shepherds, with training, were able to detect breast cancer in women by sniffing a piece of clothing that they had worn close to a breast with a tumor, French researchers at the Curie Institute in Paris report. The dogs, after only six months of training, were 100 percent accurate in detecting breast cancer — opening the possibility of a highly non-invasive, and low cost, means of spotting a possible cancer, particularly in regions where mammograms are scarce or non-existent.

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What Are Targeted Therapies for Breast Cancer? 

What Are Targeted Therapies for Breast Cancer? 

Targeted therapies for breast cancer are drugs or treatments that block the spread and growth of cancer cells by targeting the molecules responsible for the cancer’s growth. There are different target therapies for different types of cancer There are various targeted therapies currently used for the treatment of breast cancer including signal transduction inhibitors, apoptosis inducers, immunotherapies, gene expression modulators and hormone therapies, all of which work slightly differently to kill the cancer cells.

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The Options for Breast Reconstruction Surgery – Breast Cancer News

The Options for Breast Reconstruction Surgery – Breast Cancer News

There are many women who choose to have their breast (or breasts) reconstructed following a mastectomy and there are many who choose not to. There is no right or wrong choice. Here are a few points to consider when making your decision, according to breastcancer.org and the American Cancer Society.

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The Presence of a Molecular Marker May Predict Breast Cancer for Early Treatment 

The Presence of a Molecular Marker May Predict Breast Cancer for Early Treatment 

Ki67 is a molecular marker found in the lining of the mammary ducts and milk-producing lobules that identifies proliferating cells. These tissues are the site where most breast cancers develop. While Ki67 testing is already being used to determine courses of treatment, this discovery will allow doctors to test precancerous tissue for use as a predictive tool. The method could help avoid some of the drawbacks of mammograms, which are currently the best option for early detection.

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Mammography vs. thermography: Comparing the benefits

Mammography vs. thermography: Comparing the benefits

Opinion at this point seems to be that thermography is not a replacement for screening mammography. Most experts continue to recommend getting a regular mammogram according to the national guidelines or as advised by a health care professional. However, the risks of mammography should not be taken lightly, and the search for new alternative methods of screening should continue. Whatever the screening options available, women should be supported in making informed decisions about how often they want to be screened, and which screening method is right for them.

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What’s a Lumpectomy, and What to Expect

What’s a Lumpectomy, and What to Expect

In a lumpectomy, an oncologist operates on the affected breast and removes both the cancerous tumor plus tissue surrounding the tumor. He or she tries to spare as much of the breast as possible, only removing whatever is necessary. According to BreastCancer.org, a lumpectomy is considered to be a breast preservation surgery in hopes to doing minimal change to your body. Sometimes, it is called a partial mastectomy.

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Vitamin C effective in targeting cancer stem cells

Vitamin C effective in targeting cancer stem cells

Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK. The research, published in Oncotarget, is the first evidence that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be used to target and kill cancer stem cells (CSCs), the cells responsible for fuelling fatal tumours.

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Cancer Control Within Reach? Only If It’s Profitable!

Cancer Control Within Reach? Only If It’s Profitable!

Rather than saving lives, drug companies are concerned mainly with creating expensive, patentable drugs that treat chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heartburn. This is partly because the cost of gaining FDA approval is so high due to the need to conduct randomized controlled trials to prove a drug is “effective.” If a substance isn’t patentable, the cost of getting FDA approval is prohibitive. This dynamic is also what keeps other natural treatments from gaining FDA approval.

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Breast Cancer Patients Often Get Longer, More Costly Radiation Therapy Than Needed

Breast Cancer Patients Often Get Longer, More Costly Radiation Therapy Than Needed

More than half of older early-stage breast cancer patients received more radiation therapy than they needed, resulting in unnecessary treatments, more risk of secondary cancers, and tens of millions of dollars in extra healthcare costs. While evidence from other studies proves that treatment with a four-week course of breast radiation costing $8,000 is just as effective as the standard, six-week regimen, which costs over $13,000, the new study found that 57 percent of women who qualified for shorter radiation therapy regimens — or who could have foregone radiation treatment entirely — still received the longer, more expensive treatment.

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Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Poses Higher Risk for Smokers

Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Poses Higher Risk for Smokers

Breast cancer patients who smoke have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer or having a heart attack than those who don’t smoke or who quit before radiotherapy, according to a study. The risk that non-smokers who receive radiotherapy will die of lung cancer or a heart attack is only 0.6%. It increases to 5% in long-term smokers, however, the research showed. The findings suggest that the risk of radiotherapy for long-term smokers may outweigh the benefit of lower breast cancer mortality. But if patients stop smoking before radiotherapy, they can substantially reduce their risk, the researchers said.

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Male Breast Cancer Linked to Two Proteins, Study Reports

Male Breast Cancer Linked to Two Proteins, Study Reports

The proteins eIF4E and eIF5 are involved in male breast cancer (MBC), and are biomarkers of a poorer disease prognosis, according to researchers at the University of Leeds in England. Patients with higher eIF4E and eIF5 levels were 2.66 times more likely to die of the disease than patients with lower levels. Treating an MBC patient with a combination of dactolisib, a PI3K inhibitor, and Afinitor (everolimus), which is an mTOR inhibitor, reduced the expression of eIF4E and eIF5 in tumor samples. The results of the study suggest that simple tests to assess eIF4E and eIF5 levels could help doctors adjust treatments and improve outcomes for MBC patients.

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Breast cancer: Study identifies a molecular mechanism of drug resistance in ER+ tumors 

Breast cancer: Study identifies a molecular mechanism of drug resistance in ER+ tumors 

The majority of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive and often treated with anti-estrogen drugs such as tamoxifen. However, resistance to the hormone therapy eventually develops in a large number of patients, leaving them with few options. Now, new research reveals a molecular explanation for this type of drug resistance and could lead to new therapies and better treatment decisions for estrogen-driven breast tumors.

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Stem Cell-Based Tool Ranks Heart Toxicity of Cancer Drugs

Stem Cell-Based Tool Ranks Heart Toxicity of Cancer Drugs

Using human heart cells generated from adult stem cells, researchers have developed an index that may be used to determine how toxic a group of cancer drugs, called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), are to human cells. While 26 TKIs are currently used to treat a variety of cancers, some can severely damage patients’ hearts, causing problems such as an irregular heartbeat or heart failure.

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Ibrance Gets Full FDA Approval for Breast Cancer

Ibrance Gets Full FDA Approval for Breast Cancer

Ibrance (palbociclib) was granted full FDA approval for use in combination with letrozole (Femara) in the frontline setting of patients with postmenopausal women who have ER-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

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The truth about cancer and GMOs

The truth about cancer and GMOs

The risks that GMOs pose are very real and affect us even when we don’t directly consume them. The pesticide-laden farming practices that GMO seeds enable further poison our air and water. GMO seeds are more than a farming practice; they are shaping our entire way of life. Understanding these risks can help us to be better stewards — even activists — for our land, air, and bodies, helping to create a cleaner world where seeds are simply seeds and cancer isn’t a household term.

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Working During Cancer Treatment

Working During Cancer Treatment

Whether you can work during cancer treatment depends on: the type of treatment you are getting, the stage of your cancer, your overall health, and the kind of work you do

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Financial Wellness After Breast Cancer 

Financial Wellness After Breast Cancer 

Many of us are at a place of being completely overwhelmed even before a breast cancer diagnosis further disrupts our lives. It is not enough that we are working full time to support our families, juggling kid’s commitments, homework, household chores, and keeping the bills paid on time, not to mention the mounds of laundry. There is little time to care for ourselves until that call comes and taking care of ourselves becomes one more thing we MUST do. We feel like everything has been thrown at us, including the proverbial kitchen sink, where we see ourselves spinning out of control and going down the drain, never to emerge financially. As treatment begins, the medical bills begin to pile up, often remaining unopened as it is just too painful to look at the cost of care to save our lives.

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Bamboo Bra Helps Aid Recovery for Breast Cancer Patients

Bamboo Bra Helps Aid Recovery for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients in the U.K. are being given bamboo bras to help them recover from breast cancer surgery. According to a report in the Express, the National Health Service is giving the bras to women following their breast cancer surgery because they have been proven to help prevent post-surgery infections. The bras also provide women with extra support and comfort which regular bras can’t do. The soft fiber from the bamboo plant was found to have antibacterial properties in clinical trials which could help the 10 percent of women who get infections following mastectomies in the U.K.

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Vitamin D levels tied to breast cancer survival 

Vitamin D levels tied to breast cancer survival 

Women with the highest vitamin D levels were 28 percent less likely to die of any cause during the study than women with the lowest vitamin D levels, after accounting for tumor characteristics and other factors, the researchers report in JAMA Oncology.

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Herbal Tea Has Rare Ability to Kill Cancer Cells Without Damaging Other Cells 

Herbal Tea Has Rare Ability to Kill Cancer Cells Without Damaging Other Cells 

UK-based researchers noted that the plant — sometimes known as Virgon’s Mantlem — has long been used in rural Pakistan to help women with breast cancer. The lab based findings suggest the Fagonia cretica plant, found in arid, desert regions of Pakistan, India, Africa and parts of Europe, contains potential anti-cancer agents acting either independently or in combination against breast cancer cell proliferation.

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Triple-negative breast cancer: Nanodelivery of new drug shows promise 

Triple-negative breast cancer: Nanodelivery of new drug shows promise 

Using nanoparticles to deliver an experimental drug directly into triple-negative breast cancer cells could be an effective way to fight this very aggressive cancer, which has very few treatment options. The drug is a peptide that is unstable, and delivering it directly into cells means that it can reach its target before degrading.

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Seeking the Cure for Cancer: Money Could Be Spent Better

Seeking the Cure for Cancer: Money Could Be Spent Better

This article suggests we give up on finding a cure for cancer in our lifetimes, and instead spend the money on providing a better quality of life for cancer patients, better therapies and treatments and longer survival. I agree with that, but I think the bulk of the money should be spent on prevention.

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Soaring Costs Force Cancer Patients to Skip Drugs, Treatment

Soaring Costs Force Cancer Patients to Skip Drugs, Treatment

A 2013 study in The Oncologist found that 24% of all cancer patients chose not to fill a prescription due to cost, while about 20% filled only part of a prescription or took less than the prescribed amount. A February study published in Cancer had similar findings, with about 10% skipping medication or taking less than prescribed, and 14% delaying filling a prescription. Given that more than 1.6 million Americans are likely to be diagnosed with cancer this year, that suggests 168,000 to 405,000 ration their own prescription use.“ Patients are being harmed daily” by high treatment costs, said Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, a leukemia specialist and professor at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center. “It’s causing more deaths than necessary.”

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Ultimate Guide To Non-Toxic Home Cleaning

Ultimate Guide To Non-Toxic Home Cleaning

While the food we eat is undoubtedly important to supporting our health, a healthy home environment is more crucial because our homes – from the air we breathe to the products we use to clean – can actually be more toxic for us than our diet. This is why a non-toxic home cleaning approach is vitally important.

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Diabetes drug may be effective against deadly form of breast cancer, study suggests

Diabetes drug may be effective against deadly form of breast cancer, study suggests

Researchers in China have discovered that a metabolic enzyme called AKR1B1 promotes basal-like breast cancer progression. A study published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine suggests that an inhibitor of this enzyme currently used to treat diabetes patients could be an effective therapy for this frequently deadly form of cancer. Epalrestat, a drug that inhibits AKR1B1 and is approved in Japan to treat peripheral neuropathies associated with diabetes, was also able to block the growth and metastasis of human basal-like breast cancer cells. Since epalrestat is already on the market and has no major adverse side effects, our study provides a proof of principle that it could become a valuable targeted drug for the clinical treatment of basal-like breast cancer.

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Eating a Veggie-Rich Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Breast Cancer RisK

Eating a Veggie-Rich Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Breast Cancer RisK

A Dutch study involved 62,573 women ranging in age from 55 to 69. Over a time span of 20 years, more than 3,000 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The study showed that post-menopausal estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer was 40 percent less prevalent among women who closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet, compared to those who did not. This type of cancer — which generally strikes post-menopausal women — usually does not have a very good outcome, since estrogen has no effect on tumor growth, thereby limiting treatment options.

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Are Hazardous Waste Sites To Blame For Cancer Hot Spots? 

Are Hazardous Waste Sites To Blame For Cancer Hot Spots? 

“This work is novel because it is another piece of evidence to support an environmental cause of cancer,” Leary said. “While it would be premature to say these differences are attributed to Superfund sites, there does appear to be an association. More research is needed to determine what this relationship is and why it exists, but identifying that a difference exists is a necessary first step.”

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Male Breast Cancer: The “Man O Gram” 

Male Breast Cancer: The “Man O Gram” 

As far as men go, getting guys to even consider checking their breasts regularly is no easy task. Groups like The Male Breast Cancer Coalition and HIS Cancer Awareness are changing that by sharing information and awareness for guys. Self-exams will save lives, but even that is a hard-sell where men are concerned. Though it’s a very rare disease, men with breast cancer are much more likely than women to die from it, due to our reluctance to seek help.

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Mammography trends show improved cancer detection, more biopsies 

Mammography trends show improved cancer detection, more biopsies 

The shift from film to digital technology appears to have improved cancer detection rates for diagnostic mammography, but also has increased the abnormal interpretation rate, which may lead to more women undergoing biopsies for benign conditions, according to a new study that appears online in the journal Radiology.

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Shorter Herceptin breast cancer treatment may produce better results 

Shorter Herceptin breast cancer treatment may produce better results 

Breast cancer patients who receive the drug Herceptin for nine weeks as part of their post-surgery chemotherapy regime may enjoy better health outcomes, according to new research led by UCL, compared to those who receive it for 12 months, the period currently recommended in the English NHS. The researchers calculated that switching to the nine-week course of Herceptin could also save the NHS over £100 million a year. The study, a cost-effectiveness analysis of Herceptin, was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Poor diet during teens, early adulthood may raise breast cancer risk 

Poor diet during teens, early adulthood may raise breast cancer risk 

Previous studies have associated an unhealthful diet – particularly one that is low in vegetables, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and high in red and processed meats – with chronic inflammation, which may raise the risk of certain cancers. According to the new study, it is this diet-induced inflammation that may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer prior to menopause.

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Vitamin C effective in targeting cancer stem cells 

Vitamin C effective in targeting cancer stem cells 

Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK. The research, published in Oncotarget, is the first evidence that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be used to target and kill cancer stem cells (CSCs), the cells responsible for fuelling fatal tumours.

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Platelets Deliver Immunotherapy, Slow Tumor Growth

Platelets Deliver Immunotherapy, Slow Tumor Growth

A new study suggests that blood platelets engineered to deliver an immunotherapy drug may effectively eliminate cancer cells missed by surgery and prevent them from forming new tumors. This targeted approach, tested only in mice so far, could potentially produce fewer side effects than traditional immunotherapy, the study team believes.

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17 Ways to Minimize Exposure to Dirty Electricity & EMFs

17 Ways to Minimize Exposure to Dirty Electricity & EMFs

While we lead more convenient lives, our modern-day electric gadgets may be silently harming… and even killing us. It turns out they emit “dirty electricity” and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Many of these frequencies are quite different to anything that exists in nature. As our environment becomes denser with man-made unnatural EMFs, our bodies are affected by these frequencies, which bring about unhealthy alterations in our body and mind and lead to disease.

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Screening MRI benefits women at average risk of breast cancer 

Screening MRI benefits women at average risk of breast cancer 

MRI screening improves early diagnosis of breast cancer in all women-not only those at high risk-according to a new study from Germany published online in the journal Radiology. MRI has long been known as an effective breast cancer screening modality that offers better sensitivity than mammography and ultrasound. Currently, guidelines reserve breast MRI screening for women who have a strong family history or other specific breast cancer risk factors. MRI screening has not been considered necessary for women at average risk, and there has been resistance to expansion of MRI into this population due, in part, to concern over higher costs.

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The Cost of Cancer Treatment Impacts Prescription Drug Adherence

The Cost of Cancer Treatment Impacts Prescription Drug Adherence

The study found that 31.6 percent of recently diagnosed survivors (those who were diagnosed within the past two years) and 27.9 percent of patients previously diagnosed (two years ago or longer) reported a change in their prescription due to financial reasons. This is compared to 21.4 percent of people without a history of cancer.

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Fame Can Help Spread the Word About Male Breast Cancer

Fame Can Help Spread the Word About Male Breast Cancer

There are fewer than 10 famous men who have, or have had, breast cancer in our lifetimes. These men were pioneers for us who have had breast cancer and for those who lost the fight. We are all warriors fighting on the same side against this horrible disease, but we are only few siding with hundreds of thousands of wonderful women.

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Novel breast tomosynthesis technique reduces screening recall rate 

Novel breast tomosynthesis technique reduces screening recall rate 

Researchers at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute in Newark, Del., have been exploring a relatively new approach in which the digital breast tomosynthesis images (DBT) are used to create a synthesized 2-D (s2D) compilation image. The method has the potential to render full-field digital mammography unnecessary. “The adoption of s2D mammography combined with DBT into screening programs would limit radiation exposure to the patient, and, on the basis of our results, may improve clinical performance,” said Jacqueline S. Holt, M.D., FACR, director of Breast Imaging at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.

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Hormone Therapy Meets Paternalism 

Hormone Therapy Meets Paternalism 

Although treatments that target estrogen receptors are very effective, they can cause havoc in many tissues dependent on estrogen for normal functioning. Too many breast cancer survivors suffer (often silently) from symptoms and morbidity, thinking they have no other choice. Other women stop taking the drugs. And at conference after conference, there are doctors who bemoan the lack of “compliance” among their patients. “If only we could convince women to take their medications,” they fret. The real problem is not patients being rebellious, but the medications causing them to so much suffering that they are unable to tolerate taking them.

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Radiation and Reconstruction   

Radiation and Reconstruction   

Any woman undergoing mastectomy and radiation who is interested in reconstruction should have the opportunity to review all her options. In addition to access to data, it may be helpful to talk to other women who have had the surgeries she is considering. Often the surgeon can provide contact information for other patients who are willing to share their experience, with the understanding that each woman’s experience is different.

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Breast Cancer Patients Need to Know the Numbers for Treatment Decisions

Breast Cancer Patients Need to Know the Numbers for Treatment Decisions

Risk calculations, treatment evaluations, and assessing the odds of a medication’s side effects are all part of the process of deciding which treatment is best for breast and other cancers. “The ability to understand numbers is associated with all kinds of positive health outcomes, including for cancer patients,” Peters said in a press release. “The problem is that too many people aren’t good with numbers or are afraid of math. But we’re starting to figure out the best ways to help these patients so they aren’t at a disadvantage when it comes to their treatment,” she said.

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The Dirty Dozen Food Additives To Avoid At All Costs

The Dirty Dozen Food Additives To Avoid At All Costs

When you consider the 5,000 additives actually added to food along with the additional 5,000 that leech into food from packaging, we are regularly exposed to 10,000 food additives in the US—the bulk of which have never undergone any safety testing. And, almost none have been tested for the way in which they impact the body in combination. Given these factors, it is difficult to choose the 12 worst food additives to avoid, but here are my selections:

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 Heart Disease After Breast Cancer Treatment 

 Heart Disease After Breast Cancer Treatment 

A quarter of all women in the United States die from heart disease. While cardiac disease is a public health issue in its own right, it is also linked to breast cancer because of the cardiotoxicity of common breast cancer treatments. Radiation (particularly to the left side), chemotherapy (such as anthracycline and adriamycin), and aromatase inhibitors (AIs) can all negatively impact heart health. Doctors worry that as more women survive breast cancer, women treated for early stage breast cancer are at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.

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EWG’s Cancer Defense Diet 

EWG’s Cancer Defense Diet 

We all know that diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are healthier for us than those dependent on processed foods loaded with added fats and sugars. But, did you know healthy diets can actually help fight against the development of several common cancers? Produce and whole grains, and the nutrients they contain are good for us – but why and how do these food help defend against cancer? How can you make the most of their beneficial properties? Use our resources to find the answers.

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Exercise Proves Key to Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence

Exercise Proves Key to Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence

“Exercise has a benefit that’s separate from weight control. It regulates hormone levels, improves insulin resistance, and reduces inflammation,” says study co-author Ellen Warner, M.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a medical oncologist at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. Exercise can also help the depression, fatigue, lymphedema (swelling in the arm caused by removing lymph nodes), and stress that might accompany diagnosis and treatment, according to Susan Gilchrist, M.D., an associate professor of clinical cancer prevention and cardiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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Early-stage Breast Cancer Patients with Recurrence Risk Can Skip Chemo, Study Suggests

Early-stage Breast Cancer Patients with Recurrence Risk Can Skip Chemo, Study Suggests

Women with early stage breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, and lymph node-negative, but who — based on a 21-gene expression assay — are thought to be at intermediate risk of recurrence have similar outcomes regardless of whether they received chemotherapy after surgery or not, a new study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer reports.

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What Are Parabens? Should I Worry About Them? 

What Are Parabens? Should I Worry About Them? 

Parabens have been widely used as an inexpensive preservative in cosmetic products since the 1950s. In fact, more than three quarters of cosmetics use them. In the industry, parabens are considered a cheap, effective solution to keeping products from expiring. However, recently, a debate has been building in the scientific community concerning their use. Are they really safe? Some have identified parabens as a phytoestrogen, or ‘endocrine disruptor’—i.e. a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body. The worry is that these chemicals, which are absorbed into our bodies, are actually messing with our endocrine system, leading to a ’warping’ of sorts. We’ve known for more than 25 years that estrogen exposure is linked to breast cancer development and progression; it is the reason tamoxifen [commonly prescribed to women with breast cancer] is used to disrupt estrogen receptors. So it is not such a leap to be concerned that repeated, cumulative, long-term exposure to chemicals that weakly mimic estrogen might be having an impact. Scientists are still studying the effects of endocrine disruptors, and trying to form links that will help us (and the cosmetics industry on the whole) make better decisions. In the meantime, we have to work with the information we have. So, given the option, I’ll be choosing paraben-free.

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Curcumin: Can it slow cancer growth?

Curcumin: Can it slow cancer growth?

Laboratory and animal research suggests that curcumin may prevent cancer, slow the spread of cancer, make chemotherapy more effective and protect healthy cells from damage by radiation therapy. Curcumin is being studied for use in many types of cancer.

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More patients with early-stage breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy in the future

More patients with early-stage breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy in the future

“Through years of research discoveries, it became clear that we were over-treating many women with breast cancer, especially those with early-stage disease. In addition to chemotherapy’s obvious side effects, there were also long-term complications for these women as survivors,” said Barcenas, the study’s corresponding author. One such practice-changing clinical discovery was that a 21-gene-expression assay could predict the risk of recurrence among some with early-stage breast cancer. In 2015, initial results from the international clinical trial, TAILORx, found that women with hormone receptor positive, HER2 and lymph node negative early stage disease with a low RS of 0-10 could have chemotherapy omitted altogether.

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Finding the Healthiest Foods For Your Anti-Cancer Diet 

Finding the Healthiest Foods For Your Anti-Cancer Diet 

Consuming cleaner food will build your immune system and help you to fight stronger and stronger bacteria. It takes work to protect yourself from something as basic as the foods you eat. You and your family deserve the healthiest foods possible that won’t result in bio-accumulative toxins at the cellular level. Organic products are always the best option when they’re available and affordable. Look for and request your stores to carry better, safer products and buy them. Explore your local farmer’s market. Get to know the people who grow your food and raise your meat. Ideally, the only hands that touch your food should be the farmer’s and yours. Be aware of what you purchase and say “no” to mass manufactured foods whenever possible.

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Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer 

Common Preservative in Personal Care Products Linked to Breast Cancer 

It’s been known for more than a decade that parabens, which mimic the hormone estrogen, can disrupt lab animals’ endocrine systems, but some scientists argue the concentrations in people are too low to worry about. Now the UC Berkeley study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, argues that previous research only looked at parabens’ effects in isolation. The study shows that when parabens interact with other biochemical changes in breast cancer cells, the effect is much stronger and could lead to faster, more aggressive growth of tumors and formation of malignant cancer.

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18 Spices Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Treat Cancer 

18 Spices Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Treat Cancer 

Spices may be a key to determining the balance between pro- and anti-cancer factors that regulate risk and tumor behavior. About 75% of households use dietary approaches to reduce their risk of diseases, including cancer. People between the ages of 36 and 55 are increasingly interested in adopting healthy eating behaviors and are gravitating toward ethnic cuisines based on perceived health benefits. Many of these ethnic foods are loaded with unique and flavorful spices; however, while dietary guidelines in several countries tend to support the incorporation of spices into diets, quantifiable recommendations for specific amounts have not yet been forthcoming.

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The Importance of Emotional Clearing for Health & Healing

The Importance of Emotional Clearing for Health & Healing

The profound effect that emotions have on health and lifespan can be evidenced by a groundbreaking series of 10-year-long studies published in the British journal Psychology and Psychotherapy in 1988. The study, which is just as relevant today, concluded that “emotional stress was more predictive of death from cancer or cardiovascular disease than from smoking.” It also found that individuals who were the most affected by stress had an overall death rate that was 40% higher than non-stressed participants.

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Cancer treatment can damage the heart 

Cancer treatment can damage the heart 

The combination of radiation and chemotherapy together can generate a considerably higher risk of heart damage. However, your doctor can take steps to reduce these risks as much as possible. Mayo Clinic now offers a program to address heart problems associated with cancer treatment called cardio-oncology. The cardio-oncology clinic is available to evaluate people prior to cancer treatment and for others who have experienced side effects due their treatment.

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Fight 9 Types Of Cancer Using Cannabis 

Fight 9 Types Of Cancer Using Cannabis 

According to research, cannabidiol can prevent the growth of breast cancer. Another study confirmed that use of cannabinoids and THC slow growth of breast cancer cells. Cannabis can also reduce the size of breast cancer tumors.

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