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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.

Surgery

Chemotherapy

What is Genomic Testing? 

What is Genomic Testing? 

Genetics can help to tell you your risk for getting cancer, while genomics can help once you have cancer to choose your course of care.

Radiation

Investigating the Cardiac Side Effects of Cancer Treatments 

Investigating the Cardiac Side Effects of Cancer Treatments 

Over the past decade, breast cancer has been a focus of research on cardiac side effects, in part because certain treatments for the disease are known to cause these side effects.Based on this evidence, the American Heart Association recently issued a rare scientific...

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

New Study: Eating Organic Foods Reduces Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

New Study: Eating Organic Foods Reduces Your Risk Of Getting Cancer

According to a groundbreaking study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, an American Medical Association journal, eating organic foods that are free from pesticides is strongly correlated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of cancer. For the study, a team...

Other New Research

How could designer proteins thwart cancer?

How could designer proteins thwart cancer?

“Our laboratory designed proteins that, for the first time, can actually recognise the single-stranded DNA and bind it. We can basically program these proteins to target them,” he notes. In doing this, the team managed to disrupt the molecular mechanism that cancer would “hijack” in order to fuel the uncontrolled, and thus harmful, growth of cells.

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?

A study suggests that blocking certain epigenetic proteins with drugs could prevent women at high risk of breast cancer from developing the disease. Source: Could blocking these proteins stop breast...

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