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Breast cancer treatments may increase the risk of heart disease 

Breast cancer treatments may increase the risk of heart disease 

Breast cancer patients may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and may benefit from a treatment approach that weighs the benefits of specific therapies against potential damage to the heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in its journal Circulation.

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Oncolytic Virus Therapy: Using Tumor-Targeting Viruses to Treat Cancer

Oncolytic Virus Therapy: Using Tumor-Targeting Viruses to Treat Cancer

Since the late 1800s, doctors have observed that some patients with cancer go into remission, if only temporarily, after a viral infection. Today, several dozen viruses—and a few strains of bacteria—are being studied as potential cancer treatments, according to research presented at an NCI-sponsored conference on using microbes as cancer therapies in 2017. “Oncolytic virus therapy is of growing interest to researchers for one reason: It’s working,” said Juan Fueyo, M.D., of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, who co-developed a type of oncolytic virus being tested in patients with brain tumors.

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Did You Know That Many Domestic Things Are Carcinogenic?

Did You Know That Many Domestic Things Are Carcinogenic?

Did you know that there are carcinogens lurking throughout your home? From the couch you watch TV on, to curtains, carpets, and even your food, there are many domestic cancer hazards that you need to be aware of in order to stay healthy. Learn all you need to know right here

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Common Antimicrobial in Toothpaste Linked to Inflammation and Cancer

Common Antimicrobial in Toothpaste Linked to Inflammation and Cancer

The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is in thousands of products that we use daily: hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware and even some toys. Work in our lab suggests that this compound may have widespread health risks, including aggravating inflammation in the gut and promoting the development of colon cancer by altering the gut microbiota, the community of microbes found in our intestines.

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Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs 2018 

Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs 2018 

Well, these blogs get it. You’ll find no pity parties here. Instead, you’ll find a collective group of women who often get straight to the nitty-gritty: post-mastectomy life, treatment side effects, breast cancer symptoms, and how to tell your children. You’ll also get plenty of advice on how to manage the disease, from making your bucket list to using alternative therapies like painting to de-stress.

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After a Cancer Diagnosis Comes the ‘Staging’

After a Cancer Diagnosis Comes the ‘Staging’

After a diagnosis is made, your doctor will stage the cancer. The stage defines the location of the cancer, how much it has spread, how big it is, and how aggressive it is. Knowing the stage of cancer is important because it typically determines your treatment options.

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Talking About Medical Marijuana

Talking About Medical Marijuana

THE MAJORITY—AROUND 80 PERCENT—OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS said they discuss medical marijuana with patients, according to a study published May 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology based on a survey of U.S. oncologists. Nearly half said they had recommended medical marijuana clinically in the past year. But despite this openness, around 70 percent of medical oncologists reported they don’t feel they know enough to make recommendations surrounding medical marijuana use.

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Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates all traces of cancer in mice

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates all traces of cancer in mice

Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice was able to eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals — including distant, untreated metastases (spreading cancer locations), according to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. The researchers believe this new “in situ vaccination” method could serve as a rapid and relatively inexpensive cancer therapy — one that is unlikely to cause the adverse side effects often seen with bodywide immune stimulation.

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Most Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Don’t Need Chemo 

Most Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Don’t Need Chemo 

Thanks to the long-awaited results of a large, NIH-funded clinical trial, we know that about 70 percent of women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node-negative breast cancer—including those with mid-range scores on the cancer recurrence scale—do not benefit from chemotherapy [1]. These findings promise to spare a great many women with breast cancer from unnecessary exposure to costly and potentially toxic chemotherapy.

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Oncotype DX Informs Treatment Choices 

Oncotype DX Informs Treatment Choices 

The Oncotype DX breast cancer test is a unique genomic test that helps women recently diagnosed with either early-stage invasive breast cancer or DCIS (non-invasive) breast cancer. The test generates a score of 0-100 based on 21 specific genes in your breast tumor tissue that was removed during surgery. This unique set of genes predicts your response to chemotherapy as well as the chances of your cancer returning to provide personalized information that is not available from any other test or measure.

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Cancer: What Does It Mean to Get Palliative Care?

Cancer: What Does It Mean to Get Palliative Care?

Some people choose to have palliative care when their standard treatments stop working, but you can have it at any time during the course of your disease. Palliative care can be given along with traditional medical therapy, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

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Book Awards for The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer

Listen to Dr. Janet Maker's Interview with Dr. Drew
June 4, 2018 on 790 KABC

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Publication details

Author: Janet Maker, Ph.D.
Publication Date: February, 2017
Distributor: Ingram
Trim: 6×9
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
ISBN (Hardcover) 978-0-9976619-0-3
ISBN (Paperback) 978-0-9976619-1-0
ISBN (eBook) 978-0-9976619-2-7
Published by Jane Thomas Press

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