The New England Journal of Medicine has answered a long-simmering controversy about hormonally-based contraception. In a nutshell, birth control pills do raise the risk of breast cancer. Hormonal implants and IUDs that rely on hormonal release were also implicated.
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: The Long Term and Relentless Recurrence of ER-Positive Breast Cancer
Dr. Paul Gross reports that ER+ breast cancer is a chronic relapsing disease that can stay dormant for years, tragically to return with metastases to bone and/or liver and/or lung. Dr. Goss called the lack of communicating the persistent later recurrence of ER+ disease the ‘greatest’ disservice to breast cancer patients. The stage-at-diagnosis 5-year charts, with its mortality projections that survivors seek out at the time of their diagnoses, are misleading and only tell half the story of the chronicity of this troublesome receptor.
According to the American Medical Association, a patient navigator is someone who provides personal guidance to patients as they move through the health care system. Patient navigators may have professional medical, legal, financial, or administrative experience. Or they may have personally faced health care-related challenges and want to help others who find themselves in similar situations.
Women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk than those using methods without hormones, scientists in Denmark reported.
Over years of research, our original view of cancer, monochromatic and metastasizing, has transformed into a new vision: a complex city of cells, with varied traits and trajectories. As we continue to pick apart cancer in its many forms, we are increasingly seeing that a cure—a single “silver bullet”—likely won’t be what many imagined. In fact, resisted and failed treatments show many parallels to the antibiotic resistance, itself a rapidly growing, diverse danger.
In America, one out of two males and one out of three females are expected to get cancer, one out of five have mental illness, many struggle with infertility, sterility and infant death, and our healthcare costs are crippling. Just last week, a new study revealed that maternal exposure to glyphosate showed significantly higher rates of shortened gestation. Prematurely born babies are at significant risk of infant death.
To date, nine randomized controlled trials of dietary antioxidant supplements for cancer prevention have been conducted worldwide. Many of the trials were sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The results of these nine trials are summarized below.
The type of treatment that you have for recurrent cancer will depend on your type of cancer and how far it has spread. To learn about the treatments that may be used to treat your recurrent cancer, find your type of cancer among the PDQ® cancer treatment summaries for adult and childhood cancers.
One of the reasons that cancer is so hard to beat is the way that it ropes our immune system into working against us. Treatment kills off some cancer cells, but what’s left behind can “trick” our immune system into helping tumors to form. New research may have found a way to break this vicious circle.
Approximately 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, which makes it the second most common cancer in American women. Lumps in the breast, changes in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, nipple discharge, or red scaly patches are some of the symptoms of the disease. But these changes don’t always mean cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, when most women notice something new going on with their breasts, it’s usually because of hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, new motherhood, or aging.
So what do all these microplastics do? Their impact comes from their size and their resulting ability to evade most filters and even enter the bloodstreams of organisms by which they are consumed. Recent studies into water contamination have found microplastics in 83% of tap water samples from major cities around the world and in 93% of samples from the world’s top 11 bottled water brands.
Biological therapy for cancer is a type of treatment that uses the body’s immune system to kill cancer cells. It is used in the treatment of many types of cancer to prevent or slow tumor growth and to prevent the spread of cancer. Biological therapy for cancer often causes fewer toxic side effects than do other cancer treatments.
People undergoing cancer treatment often report experiencing “chemo brain,” or states of confusion and cognitive impairment due to aggressive chemotherapy treatment. But new research suggests that these cognitive problems might start earlier, with the development of cancer tumors.
Can sugar cause cancer? It seems that evidence pointing this way was discovered in a study funded by the sugar industry nearly 50 years ago — but the work was never published.
Chances are, you know someone who is or will be in treatment, but it’s not always easy to find the right thing to say. Even women who have breast cancer admit that, before their diagnosis, they weren’t sure how to support others going through it, and may have inexplicably (and inevitably) said something offensive. We spoke to women with various stages of breast cancer to find out what isn’t helpful to hear – and what is
While the search for possible cures for cancer continue in laboratories around the world, exciting new research turns our attention to a commonly available, inexpensive vitamin. That’s because a humble vitamin has been found to seek out and destroy cancer stem cells, which are cells that are believed to drive the creation of new cancer cells and cancer tumors. The study, published in the medical journal Oncotarget, found that vitamin C can actually seek out and destroy cancer stem cells, thereby preventing the spread of the disease. Vitamin C was found by researchers to be up to 10 times more effective at killing cancer stem cells than experimental drugs.
Where your cancer recurs depends on your original cancer type and stage. Some cancer types commonly recur in specific areas.
There are currently 69 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers, located in 35 states and the District of Columbia, that form the backbone of NCI’s programs for studying and controlling cancer. At any given time, hundreds of research studies are under way at the cancer centers, ranging from basic laboratory research to clinical assessments of new treatments. Many of these studies are collaborative and may involve several cancer centers, as well as other partners in industry and the community. Find a center near you and learn about its patient services and research capabilities.
A large new study from the American Cancer Society inventories the risk factors for various types of cancer. Those findings shed much-needed light on the proportion of cancers that could be prevented by making the necessary lifestyle changes.
Researchers found that a medication used to ease symptoms of the common cold — called N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) — could also help to prevent the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of proteins that are important for their survival.