Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

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

Diagnosis

Breast cancer: An innovative blood test could aid early detection

Breast cancer: An innovative blood test could aid early detection

Researchers are developing a blood test that could help detect breast cancer 5 years before any symptoms become apparent. This method would also be less uncomfortable and more cost effective than traditional mammograms. Source: Breast cancer: An innovative blood test...

Spotting breast cancer 5 years earlier

Spotting breast cancer 5 years earlier

Researchers from the University of Nottingham have developed a method of blood screening they believe could ultimately lead to the detection of breast cancer five years before clinical indicators appear. Source: Spotting breast cancer 5 years earlier - Big Think

New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood

New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood

A newly developed state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that is cost-effective and easy to make can detect the presence of cancer in the tiniest drop of blood. Source: New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood

Surgery

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...

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 Blog

Chemotherapy

New Israeli Cancer Treatment Has a 100% Tumor Shrinkage Rate

New Israeli Cancer Treatment Has a 100% Tumor Shrinkage Rate

Israeli firm Alpha Tau Medical has developed a new cancer treatment that attacks tumors while sparing healthy tissue. The treatment is called Alpha DaRT (Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Treatment), according to The Jerusalem Post. Source: New Israeli Cancer...

Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

The following examples show overall survival rates for people with different types of cancer, along with the percentage of those receiving chemotherapy as part of their treatment. Source: Chemotherapy: Success rates for different cancers

Radiation

Tomosynthesis in breast screening: great expectations? 

Tomosynthesis in breast screening: great expectations? 

Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as three-dimensional mammography, has been under investigation as a replacement for or complement to two-dimensional (2D) digital mammography in breast cancer screening for some years, with several prospective, population-based...

Two Radiation Therapy Approaches Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrences

Two Radiation Therapy Approaches Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrences

New results from two clinical trials suggest that either of two types of radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery for women with early-stage breast cancer can reduce the risk of the cancer returning. Source: Two Radiation Therapy Approaches Prevent Breast...

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

Behind the Scenes of a Radical New Cancer Cure 

Behind the Scenes of a Radical New Cancer Cure 

What if we could genetically engineer a patient’s own immune cells to spot and fight cancer, as a sort of “best hits” of genetic therapy and immunotherapy?Enter CAR-T. The technology uses T-cells, which are like the bouncers of the immune system. Source: Behind the...

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