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Before Angelina Jolie, there was the BRCA Responder

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Patient Advocate and Health Blogger Amy Byer Shainman Releases Powerful New Memoir ‘Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew’ Shainman presents her deeply personal story of taking the necessary steps to prevent cancer along with providing crucial scientific facts and medical experts weighing in to help educate readers Amy Byer Shainman, …

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New approach for hard-to-treat BRCA breast cancer shrinks tumours twice as fast

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By: Henry Bodkin From: telegraph.co.uk Scientists have expressed optimism for women with hard-to-treat breast cancer after a new chemotherapy regime proved it can shrink tumours twice as fast as normal methods. Women with aggressive “triple-negative” disease fare much better on a non-standard chemotherapy drug if they have inherited BRCA gene mutations, the results of a trial showed. Currently most patients with this type of breast cancer, …

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First treatment approved for breast cancer with BRCA genetic mutation

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By: Laurie McGinley From: washingtonpost.com The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared the first treatment for patients with advanced breast cancer caused by BRCA mutations, which are genetic defects that raise the risk of malignancies. The drug, called Lynparza, already is approved for certain patients with advanced ovarian cancer associated with the same mutations. Richard Pazdur, director of the …

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Selma Schimmel’s Strategies for Coping with Cancer are Now Available in a Free eBook, The Cancer Concierge®

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Vital Options International (VOI) announced that in honor of Founder Selma Schimmel, who died three years ago this month, it has made available The Cancer Concierge® (www.thecancerconcierge.org), a free organizing eBook. The book, which is based on the system Schimmel used to manage her own cancer treatment, provides patients and their loved ones with strategies for minimizing the stress and …

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How a Breast Cancer Gene May Affect Alzheimer’s

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By: Alice Park From: time.com Researchers found an intriguing link between BRCA1, a protein that when mutated can increase the risk of breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s Since 1994, scientists have known that mutations in the BRCA gene can contribute to a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. But for the first time, researchers say that the gene may …