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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

What You Need to Know About DNA Testing 

What You Need to Know About DNA Testing 

THROUGH DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER ​genetic testing, it is now possible to get information about your genetic predisposition to certain illnesses without consulting a doctor. One test, made by 23andMe, was authorized in March 2018 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to...

New Breast Cancer Screening Imaging Method Finds Tumors in Seconds

New Breast Cancer Screening Imaging Method Finds Tumors in Seconds

Researchers said they developed a quicker, better and cheaper way than mammograms to detect breast cancer: A laser scanner that can find tumors in as little as 15 seconds. The near-infrared lasers shine pulses of light into the breast tissue, which, researchers report in a study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, is more effective than traditional mammograms.

Surgery

Chemotherapy

Can Fasting Improve Chemotherapy’s Effects? 

Can Fasting Improve Chemotherapy’s Effects? 

“If you think about it, cancer cells have evolved in the presence of lots of nutrients, lots of sugar, lots of proteins and amino acids. That’s exactly what they like. That’s what they’re used to [having, and] when you take that away and add chemotherapy or radiotherapy or potentially newer therapies, now the therapies can be much more effective,” Longo explains

Study May Spare Thousands of Breast Cancer Patients From Unnecessary Chemotherapy

Study May Spare Thousands of Breast Cancer Patients From Unnecessary Chemotherapy

The study found that treatment with chemotherapy and hormone therapy after surgery is not more beneficial than treatment with hormone therapy alone for many breast cancer patients. This includes women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node–negative breast cancer (meaning the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes).

Gene expression profiling for breast cancer: What is it? 

Gene expression profiling for breast cancer: What is it? 

Gene expression profiling tests (Oncotype DX, MammaPrint, others) analyze a number of different genes within your cancer cells to predict your risk of cancer recurrence.
The results of gene expression profiling tests help doctors determine who may benefit from additional (adjuvant) treatment after surgery. For women with early-stage breast cancer that is sensitive to hormones, gene expression profiling tests are used to determine whether they are likely to benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy.

Radiation

Radiation therapy for breast cancer

Radiation therapy for breast cancer

Radiation therapy for breast cancer — Overview covers why it's done, what to expect and side effects of breast cancer radiation, including proton therapy. Source: Radiation therapy for breast cancer - Mayo...

Lifestyle Issues

The Original Cancer Immunotherapy: Modifying Our Behavior 

The Original Cancer Immunotherapy: Modifying Our Behavior 

Our original, innate immunotherapy is our behavior; specifically, the lifestyle choices that support our immune system.A personalized approach to activate our innate immune function, while no absolute guarantee against cancer, can be unleashed in the name of cancer...

Worse Than Lead? 

Worse Than Lead? 

Today, thanks in part to the efforts of a single Virginia family, as many as 97 percent of Americans have toxic flame retardants in their blood. Deeply poisonous, and linked to cancer, genetic damage, and behavioral and learning difficulties, the prevalence of flame...

15 Things Strongly Linked to Cancer 

15 Things Strongly Linked to Cancer 

Many cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next or spurred by genetic changes that we undergo in our lifetime. However, we also know that breathing in certain substances, eating specific items, and even using some kinds of plastics increases the risk of developing deadly cancer. Below are 15 known and suspected carcinogens.

Other New Research

Liquid Biopsy May Help Predict Breast Cancer Relapse 

Liquid Biopsy May Help Predict Breast Cancer Relapse 

The presence of circulating tumor cells found with a liquid biopsy may identify women treated for breast cancer who may be at higher risk of their disease returning years later. The findings may have implications for treatment

Humans Are the Unwitting Test Subjects in a Worldwide Experiment on Microplastics

Humans Are the Unwitting Test Subjects in a Worldwide Experiment on Microplastics

Much of the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste in our oceans is made up of microplastics. These are defined as plastic beads, fibers or fragments with a diameter of less than five thousand micrometers (μm), equal to one-half centimeter. Nanoplastics are thousands of times tinier, with a diameter of less than 0.1 μm, and are also likely to be widely present. By comparison, a human hair ranges from about 15 to 180 μm across. Some of these microplastics are deliberately engineered like microbeads in a facial scrub. Others result from the break down of larger plastic items.

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