Updates to The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer

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

Diagnosis

One Blood Test Will Be Able to Detect 50 Cancers

One Blood Test Will Be Able to Detect 50 Cancers

One new blood test developed by American and British researchers published in the journal Annals of Oncology promises to make cancer diagnosis much easier. The researchers claim that the test is capable of detecting over 50 cancer types with incredible accuracy, often...

Noninvasive Blood Test Detects 8 Types Of Cancer 

Noninvasive Blood Test Detects 8 Types Of Cancer 

John Hopkins researchers have developed a blood test that screens for 8 different types of cancer at once. They’ve dubbed the test CancerSEEK, and it’s a noninvasive blood test that looks for signs of cancer by looking for cancer gene mutations as well as common...

Surgery

Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery Choice 

Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery Choice 

For some women with breast cancer, cost influenced the type of surgery they choose to get to remove their tumors, a new study finds. However, very few women reported discussing the costs of care with their medical team. Source: Cost Can Influence Breast Cancer Surgery...

Hormone Therapy Before or Even Without Surgery? 

Hormone Therapy Before or Even Without Surgery? 

Early stage ER+ breast cancer patients who did not get surgery have no difference in survival and metastasis free survival after 12 years, although there are some additional local recurrences.Patients can sometimes feel nervous about reducing treatment, especially...

Chemotherapy

How Is Immunotherapy Different from Chemotherapy? 

How Is Immunotherapy Different from Chemotherapy? 

In this video, oncologist Melissa Wilson, MD, PhD, explains how the new, FDA-approved immunotherapy attacks cancer cells differently than traditional chemotherapy. Source: How Is Immunotherapy Different from Chemotherapy? - HealthiNation

Radiation

Is Proton Therapy Safer than Traditional Radiation? 

Is Proton Therapy Safer than Traditional Radiation? 

 A new observational study compared the safety and effectiveness of proton therapy and traditional radiation in adults with advanced cancer. Source: Is Proton Therapy Safer than Traditional Radiation? - National Cancer Institute

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening 

New tech takes radiation out of cancer screening 

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive technology that could save lives and money by routinely screening women for breast cancer without exposure to radiation. The system uses harmless microwaves and artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect even small,...

How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

New research in mice shows "for the first time" that scientists can use protons to administer radiation therapy in a matter of milliseconds, killing cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue. Source: How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

Lifestyle Issues

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...

15 Things Strongly Linked to Cancer 

15 Things Strongly Linked to Cancer 

Many cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next or spurred by genetic changes that we undergo in our lifetime. However, we also know that breathing in certain substances, eating specific items, and even using some kinds of plastics increases the risk of developing deadly cancer. Below are 15 known and suspected carcinogens.

Other New Research

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