Breast Cancer and Fractures Study Leads to New Bone-Loss Guidelines

A study suggesting that breast cancer patients on aromatase-inhibitors (AIs) are at higher risk of fractures has prompted several international medical associations to revise guidelines aimed at preventing bone loss in these patients. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a family history of hip fractures, and low weight also can raise the risk of fractures, the study’s authors noted. They called for additional research to examine the role these factors play in breast cancer patients experiencing fractures.

Metastatic breast cancers: Characterising the profile of metastases for improved treatment 

This study suggests that at least one metastatic lesion (if possible several) should be biopsied and analysed at the time of the breast cancer recurrence, especially if the recurrence comes several years after the initial cancer given the possible modifications in the particular genomic profile of the metastatic disease. The determination of the genomic profile using high throughput sequencing techniques targeting a set of predefined and clinically relevant aberrations could be useful for making the therapeutic decision, in particular for the choice of targeted treatments.

For women at risk of hereditary breast cancer, multigene test could help extend life expectancy

Value in Health, the official journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), has announced the publication of new research indicating that testing for variants in 7 cancer-associated genes (versus the usual process of testing in just 2 genes) followed by risk-reduction management could cost-effectively improve life expectancy for women at risk of hereditary breast cancer.

Almost Half Of Personal Care Products Contain This Carcinogen

The chemical 1,4-dioxane is a harmful carcinogen—and guess what: it is in 46 percent of personal care products on the US market. However, the chemical 1,4-dioxane is likely not going to appear on any product label. That is because 1,4-dioxane is actually a byproduct that is created through the combination of other chemicals. It doesn’t technically have to be included on the ingredients list because it isn’t directly added into personal care products. It lurks, unlisted.

New bone-in technique tests therapies for breast cancer metastasis 

“We have created an experimental system in which we can mimic the interactions between cancer cells and bone cells, as bone is the place where breast cancer, and many other cancers too, disseminates most frequently,” said Zhang, who also is a McNair Scholar at Baylor. “We have developed a system that allows us to test many different drug responses simultaneously to discover the therapy that can selectively act on metastatic cancer cells and minimize the effect on the bone.”

The Case of the Incredible Disappearing Cancer Patients!

Kate no longer has cancer. She paid, from her own pocket, for her trip to a clinic in Mexico. After the trip, her cancer disappeared. She had medical insurance. But her insurance wouldn’t pay for her trip. Insurance pays for treatments, not for cures. It pays for treatments, even if they fail. But it does not pay for success. Success disappears. There are two ways for a cancer patient to disappear. You might be cured by health. Or you might be cured by a medicine that is not approved. In both cases, the medical system will ignore the cure, and ignore the patient.

Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies

Close to half of breast cancer patients who chose to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing didn’t actually have the gene mutations known to raise the risk of additional cancers, a new survey found. “That was a bit surprising, because we wouldn’t typically expect that surgery to be conducted for women if they don’t have a risk-causing gene mutation,” said lead researcher Dr. Allison Kurian. The finding suggests that many women and their doctors aren’t interpreting the results of genetic testing properly, she added.

Breast Cancer Survivor Story: 6 Things I Would Do Differently Today If Diagnosed With Cancer

Breast cancer is a multi-faceted disease and must be dealt with from many different angles – a holistic approach. My best advice is to be an empowered patient – to do your research and don’t just blindly trust what the men and women in the white coats tell you to do. You need to be an active participant in your own healing on every level. One closing tip: Do some investigative work. Try to discover why you got cancer in the first place. For some, it’s nutritional. For others it’s too much stress, or an inability to methylate properly, or a toxic workplace. If you can identify the source of your cancer and correct those issues, you will have a much better chance of fully healing from cancer and being healthier than ever. I wish you abundant healing.

What a Doctor Wants People to Know About Chronic Illnesses 

Some of the things she wants to share about people with chronic illnesses include the fact that being unable to work should not be viewed as a vacation, people with chronic illnesses suffer a complex range of symptoms including emotional symptoms, fatigue is not the same as feeling tired, and controversially, that many doctors don’t fully understand chronic illnesses.

Potential new treatment found for ‘chemo brain’ 

“In our preliminary results, we found that hydrogen peroxide temporarily increases in the brains of chemotherapy-treated rats. Because hydrogen peroxide is a reactive oxygen species and potentially damaging, it may have an effect on cognitive function. Additionally, we may have a therapy that can serve as a preventative in order to treat it. We found that KU-32 prevents cognitive impairment, and our preliminary neurochemical data suggest that it may prevent increases in hydrogen peroxide production.”

Breast thermography: Technology, benefits, and cancer signs 

Breast thermography is a non-invasive and painless test, with no radiation involved. It can detect and monitor early warning signs of breast cancer. This type of breast cancer screening is particularly useful for people under the age of 50. This is because mammography, another type of screening, can be less effective for this group. However, thermography is not an alternative to mammography. Mammography remains the main way of screening for early signs of breast cancer and uses low doses of X-rays.

Increase in Double Mastectomies Might Not Be Necessary

Between the years 2012-2015 double mastectomies have tripled. Often women want to just get rid of the cancer, and hope the cancer never returns again. Doctors fear this kind of decision-making is not necessarily the best path. They think women are not considering the pain and recovery period, or the long-term effects of a double mastectomy.

Creative play: Helping children cope with cancer

Rogers says creative play helps kids and teens begin identifying and expressing the feelings associated with what is going on in their lives from a “safe distance.” She notes, “Most children don’t readily respond to adults asking direct questions about how they feel, but when we engage in play, whether through toys or games or through creating art projects together, they can express themselves without having to put those feelings into words.” Art, in particular, can be very productive in helping kids express themselves. “Kids are most comfortable when they express themselves through play—and art is an extension of that play.”

9 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk, Every Day

The dreaded “C” word makes us cringe – and with so many people diagnosed every day, preventing cancer can seem insurmountable. But cancers don’t develop overnight, and there are ways you can dramatically reduce your cancer risk just by tweaking daily activities like eating, drinking, and exercise.

Breast Cancer Treatment with Vaccine

The new treatment doesn’t work like other vaccines you’re familiar with (think: mumps or hepatitis). It won’t prevent you from getting breast cancer, but it can help treat the disease if used during the early stages, according to a new report published in Clinical Cancer Research. Called immunotherapy, the drug works by using your own immune system to attack a specific protein attached to cancer cells. This allows your body to kill the cancer cells without killing your healthy cells along with them, which is a common occurrence in traditional chemotherapy. Plus, you get all the cancer-fighting benefits but without the nasty side effects like hair loss, mental fog, and extreme nausea.