Avoiding financial disaster can add stress to patient’s battle against the disease
As Politico’s Annie Snider reported, Trump appointees at the agency are blocking the release of an assessment on formaldehyde produced by the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). A draft assessment already completed confirms research linking the common chemical to leukemia, nose and throat cancer, and other adverse health effects.
Previous studies have suggested that resveratrol — the chemical compound found in grapes and red wine — may have anticancer properties. But now, a new study shows how the compound can stop a mutated protein, which is present in more than half of all breast cancer cases, from aggregating.
One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel or salt water (saline) — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.
The enzyme tousled-like kinase 2 maintains genome stability at cellular level. Researchers have also linked it to different health conditions, including breast cancer and intellectual disability. A new study now describes this enzyme’s structure, arguing that this will help to design better therapies.
Part 1 of the report shows the rate of death from cancer in the United States is decreasing for all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate. However, the report identified some cancer types with increasing death rates, including liver, pancreas, and brain cancer in men and women; oral cavity, throat, soft tissue, non-melanoma skin cancer in men; and uterine cancer in women.
The US Food and Drug Administration gave its approval to a 23andMe test that screens for a few breast and ovarian cancer genes, but that approval came with a number of caveats.
Many women with breast cancer feel incompletely informed about their treatment options by their doctors and worry about whether they are making the right choices, according to a nationwide survey published online in December 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The good news: A second study, published in the same issue of that journal, suggests that something as simple as an interactive web program can boost patient knowledge about treatment options and restore their confidence in the decision-making process.
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, of the American Cancer Society (ACS), notes that while the preliminary results are “bound to create a lot of concern, […] the evidence for an association between cell phones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people.” “But,” he continues, “if you’re concerned about this animal data, wear an earpiece.” #breasrcancer
Sometimes, the terms “palliative care” and “hospice care” are used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. Hospice care is a special type of palliative care that’s provided when a person is expected to live six months or less. (3) In contrast, palliative care can be offered any time during a person’s cancer journey.
For early-stage invasive breast cancer (Stage I-IIIa), the Oncotype DX test can tell you the likelihood that you may benefit from chemotherapy, as well as the chances of your breast cancer returning (recurrence). Along with the information in your pathology report and other factors, your Oncotype DX test results can help you and your doctor determine the most appropriate treatment options for you based on the biology of your individual cancer.
Failures in our current regulatory system put the public’s health at risk as exemplified in the case of perchlorate, a chemical allowed in food and a well-known endocrine disrupting compound. Perchlorate’s ability to disrupt normal functioning of the thyroid means that even low levels of exposure, especially in those with inadequate iodine intake, can adversely impact the developing brains of infants and children.
When you are newly diagnosed with any serious illness, you will have to make decisions that could have life-or death consequences. You need to know all your treatment options, the likely survival outcomes, and all the side effects and other short-term and long-term risks for each option. You want to be very sure that you will be better off with treatment than without treatment, and you want to be sure that any treatments you choose are the best ones available. You should read whatever you can, and you should also ask questions of other patients and your doctors.