This Could Be the Key to Forecasting Breast Cancer Relapse!

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News notes several potential benefits of this “liquid biopsy.” It is a far less invasive procedure than a traditional biopsy in which doctors remove suspicious cells from the body for testing. It is quick and easy to complete on a routine basis, and it can detect tumors long before they are visible through traditional methods such as imaging scans.

New Research Shows Chili Pepper Compound May Halt Breast Cancer 

According to the new study conducted by researchers at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, the compound, known as capsaicin, found in chili peppers has serious anti-cancer effects. The team of scientists led by doctors Hans Hatt and Lea Weber found that it causes cancer cells to commit suicide (a process known as apoptosis) and halts cancer cell growth in some types of cancer cells, particularly breast, colon and pancreatic cancers.

Third of breast cancer patients get unnecessary treatment, study finds 

One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re essentially harmless. The study raises the uncomfortable possibility that some women who believe their lives were saved by mammograms were actually harmed by cancer screenings that led to surgery, radiation and even chemotherapy that they didn’t need.

Scripps Florida scientists develop drug discovery approach to predict health impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals 

Breast cancer researchers from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a novel approach for identifying how chemicals in the environment – called environmental estrogens – can produce infertility, abnormal reproductive development, including “precocious puberty,” and promote breast cancer. The new research shows how high-resolution imaging techniques could give scientists a window into how exposure to these chemicals may impact public health. This research method could also be used to speed up the discovery of new drugs for breast cancer and many other diseases.

Implantable device targets cancer, other illnesses with controlled long-term drug delivery 

The idea behind immunotherapy is to deliver a cocktail of immune drugs to call attention to the cancer in a person’s body, so the immune system will be inspired to get rid of the cancer itself. The current prototype of the device is permanent and injected under the skin, but the researchers are working on 3-D printing technology to make a new, fully biodegradable version of the device that could potentially be swallowed.

Blaming the Patient for Having Cancer

People seem to want to believe that we can control what happens to us; they don’t want to face the fact that bad things can happen to good people. The fact is that anyone could get cancer. More than 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease, and many of them also have very healthy lifestyles.

Mental Exercise Program Aims to Ease ‘Chemobrain’ in Cancer Patients

Cognitive problems after chemotherapy, including difficulties with concentration or memory, are reported by up to 70 percent of cancer patients. Posit Science is an internet-based program that uses adaptive exercises that target processing systems aimed at improving cognition. Compared to those given standard of care, patients who completed the online program had less cognitive symptoms at 15 weeks and at six months, and also at six months reported a better quality of life. But they expressed significantly lower anxiety, depression, and fatigue levels only at 15 weeks after the intervention.

Over 100 Scientific Studies Agree: Cannabis Annihilates Cancer 

A study in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics explored the relationship between the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and the subsequent down regulation of breast cancer tumor aggressiveness. The researchers concluded that CBD represents the first nontoxic agent to decrease the aggressiveness of metastic breast cancer cells in vivo. Several additional studies support these findings, including “Pathways mediating the effects of cannabidiol on the reduction of breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis” and “Cannabinoids: a new hope for breast cancer therapy?” Furthermore, the journal PLoS One reports further evidence of how cannabinoids modulate breast cancer tumor growth and metastasis by inhibiting specific receptors.

The Key to Job Lock: Facing Employment Obstacles in Cancer Survivorship

Despite legal safeguards now in place such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), loopholes remain, and survivors may find their employment diminished or their prospects for advancement bleak. Cancer and Careers is one of a number of organizations that provide free counseling and legal advice on all aspects of employment for cancer survivors.

New Guidelines Mean More People Eligible for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation

To overcome the drawbacks of traditional external beam radiation therapy, doctors developed different ways to deliver radiation. Accelerated partial breast irradiation delivers a higher dose of radiation to a smaller area of the breast over a shorter period of time compared to traditional external beam radiation therapy. There are three types of accelerated partial-breast irradiation:

Gut Flora and Cancer – the Important Connection 

Cancer cells can often evade detection by your body’s immune system, allowing them to grow unchecked. Traditional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy end up destroying healthy cells as well. Researchers from the University of Chicago, encouraged by positive results from testing on mice, included gut flora as part of integrative immunotherapy treatments. The successful results were comparable to the beneficial effects of anti-cancer drugs.