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Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

Here you’ll find useful information that complements the book.

Diagnosis

Breast cancer: Innovative pill may aid diagnosis

Breast cancer: Innovative pill may aid diagnosis

Many women with benign breast modules or slow-progressing cancer undergo needless procedures because current diagnostic methods cannot differentiate between harmful and benign tumors. An experimental new pill could change that.

New ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Shows Early Promise in Detecting Cancer

New ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Shows Early Promise in Detecting Cancer

After performing all of the tests, the researchers found CancerSEEK was best at detecting stage II or III cancers, primary tumors that haven’t metastasized but are getting large. However, it still detected 43 percent of early stage I cancers. The test also detected some cancers better than others. In fact, the panel almost never missed a case of ovarian or liver cancer. But it wasn’t as good in picking up colorectal, lung, and breast cancers.

Surgery

Chemotherapy

Radiation

Using Oxygen “Microbubbles” to Improve Radiation Therapy

Using Oxygen “Microbubbles” to Improve Radiation Therapy

Oxygen-carrying “microbubbles” could potentially improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer, findings from a study in mice suggest. Using the bubbles along with radiation slowed tumor growth more than radiation alone, as this NCI Cancer Currents post reports.

Proton Therapy For Left-Sided Breast Cancer: Why Choose This Treatment? 

Proton Therapy For Left-Sided Breast Cancer: Why Choose This Treatment? 

Treatments for breast cancer include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, surgery, and radiation. As there is not one perfect formula to eliminate the disease, many patients will need to undergo a combination of these treatment methods. In some of these cases, however, certain treatments pose higher risks. For women with left-sided breast cancer, it is important to consider what type of radiation is best. Since the tumor is close to the heart, certain treatments can cause significant damage to this vital organ, while other treatments may spare damage to this vital organ. In these cases, proton therapy is often a better option.

Lifestyle Issues

Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. Almost three-fourths of those samples had glyphosate levels higher than...

The Precautionary Principle Asks “How Much Harm Is Avoidable?” Rather Than “How Much Harm Is Acceptable?”

The Precautionary Principle Asks “How Much Harm Is Avoidable?” Rather Than “How Much Harm Is Acceptable?”

As global ecosystems deteriorate and global warming alters water patterns — making economic growth ever more precarious — far-right global elites are counting on new technologies to spur economic growth: geo-engineering (to modify the entire planet to counteract global warming), nanotechnology (to manipulate the world at the molecular level to create novel materials) and synthetic biology (to create entirely new life-forms previously unknown in nature). These technologies are potentially far more powerful than even atomic energy, so they cry out for a prudent, precautionary approach to their testing and possible deployment. Unfortunately, so long as corporate polluters enjoy a nearly-unlimited capacity to inject corrupting money into political decisions — especially in the US ­— old-style risk assessment will continue to dominate because it serves corporate purposes so well.

Other New Research

A Primary Breast Cancer Tumor Can Inhibit Distant Metastasis: Study

A Primary Breast Cancer Tumor Can Inhibit Distant Metastasis: Study

Some types of breast cancers can prevent the development of secondary tumors elsewhere in the body, a process known as metastasis, through an immune-mediated inflammatory mechanism, an international research team showed. Understanding the complex communication network between the primary tumor and the disseminated metastasis-initiating cancer cells could open new therapeutic avenues to prevent cancer recurrence and improve survival rates.

Cancer: New drug may fight treatment resistance

Cancer: New drug may fight treatment resistance

The researchers conclude that their findings show that blocking CDK7 offers a new way to treat cancer — especially ER-positive breast cancer.
In particular, the results suggest that ICEC0942 is a good candidate drug, either on its own or combined with hormone therapies, for the treatment of breast cancer.

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