Weekly and Monthly Newsletter

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...

Surgery

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs 

Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs 

For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer. The research showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per...

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

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.

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...

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...

Other New Research

A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer 

A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer 

Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that beating cancer may be achievable Source: A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer | Science | The...

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...

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