Weekly Newsletter

Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

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

Diagnosis

New Technology Helps Detect Cancer in the Body 

New Technology Helps Detect Cancer in the Body 

The researchers, from the University of Queensland, found a unique DNA structure that appears to be common to every type of cancer they tested for. This includes prostate, lymphoma and various types of breast cancer.  Source: New Technology Helps Detect Cancer in the...

Surgery

Post-Mastectomy Fat Grafting: 4 Pros and 4 Cons 

Post-Mastectomy Fat Grafting: 4 Pros and 4 Cons 

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, is a somewhat novel procedure occasionally performed after a mastectomy in place of traditional reconstruction procedures. Source: Post-Mastectomy Fat Grafting: 4 Pros and 4 Cons | The Breast Cancer Site...

Chemotherapy

Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo 

Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo 

An NIH study finds patients treated with chemotherapy for most solid tumors had an increased risk of tMDS/AML, a rare but often fatal type of leukemia. Source: Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo - National Cancer...

Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo 

Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo 

An NIH study finds patients treated with chemotherapy for most solid tumors had an increased risk of tMDS/AML, a rare but often fatal type of leukemia. Source: Study finds higher risk of rare blood cancer after chemo - National Cancer...

Radiation

Proton therapy for breast cancer: What it is, uses, and procedure

Proton therapy for breast cancer: What it is, uses, and procedure

Unlike traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy does not use X-rays. Experts think that proton therapy may be safer than other radiation therapies because it targets a specific area and has less of an impact on the healthy tissue around cancer cells. Source:...

Changes with Radiation Treatment on the Horizon 

Changes with Radiation Treatment on the Horizon 

The Dutch team presented 10 year follow up results of the EORTC AMAROS trial, which compared radiation therapy or surgery to treat early breast cancer with positive sentinel node. Patients in both groups had the same overall survival and disease-free survival after...

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

Altering Diet to Enhance Cancer Treatment Response

Altering Diet to Enhance Cancer Treatment Response

Cancer cells can alter their metabolism to survive, so targeting cancer cell metabolism has become of great interest to researchers. Questions being asked include: Is it possible to attack a tumor’s nutritional needs as part of cancer treatment? And could this be done...

Checkpoint Inhibitors Boost Cancer Vaccine Research 

Checkpoint Inhibitors Boost Cancer Vaccine Research 

Researchers are excited about the prospect to use vaccines in combination with checkpoint inhibitors to improve the body’s cancer-fighting ability. Source: Checkpoint Inhibitors Boost Cancer Vaccine Research - Cancer Therapy...

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