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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

Surgery

Chemotherapy

Sensitizing Dormant Tumor Cells to Chemotherapy 

Sensitizing Dormant Tumor Cells to Chemotherapy 

When mice implanted with human breast cancer cells were treated with chemotherapy alone, almost 75% eventually developed metastases in the bones. But when given an anti-integrin antibody before chemotherapy, only 22% did. Source: Sensitizing Dormant Tumor Cells to...

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).

Radiation

Side effects of radiation for breast cancer: What to know

Side effects of radiation for breast cancer: What to know

Radiation can be an effective treatment for breast cancer, but it does have side effects. Doctors may recommend this therapy in combination with others, such as surgery and chemotherapy. Learn more about how radiation for breast cancer affects the body and what short-...

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

Phthalates and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer 

Phthalates and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer 

Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting, and their effects on the human reproductive system has been of great interest. In humans, the primary exposure to phthalates is through food and beverages wrapped in plastic; in vitro studies have suggested that certain phthalates...

Other New Research

Using light to destroy metastatic breast cancer

Using light to destroy metastatic breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer may soon be treated using light to activate photo-sensitive drugs which, in turn, can target cancer cells and avoid healthy ones. Source: Using light to destroy metastatic breast...

Antibiotic may prevent breast cancer recurrence

Antibiotic may prevent breast cancer recurrence

Metastasis and recurrence are huge challenges for breast cancer researchers. One group believes that an existing antibiotic might provide help. Source: Antibiotic may prevent breast cancer...

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