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Surgeons Eager to Learn Advanced Procedures for Breast Cancer Treatment

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New course emphasizes techniques to improve outcomes, and increase availability of breast conserving surgery  Surgeons specializing in breast cancer can now receive training in advanced oncoplastic procedures from the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS). The school is one of the nation’s top continuing medical education programs. It is the first and only one in the United States to offer educational …

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How California can break down barriers to breast cancer treatment

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Venetia Lai From: ucla.edu UCLA fact sheets recommend changes to help patients and survivors – particularly low-income women – who face serious obstacles to care More than 29,000 women in California will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Many of them — especially low-income women, who suffer the worst survival rates — will face economic, emotional and structural obstacles …

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Breast cancer treatments may increase the risk of heart disease

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Source: American Heart Association Breast cancer patients may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and may benefit from a treatment approach that weighs the benefits of specific therapies against potential damage to the heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in its journal Circulation. The statement is an overview …

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Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

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By: LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press From: thebrunswicknews.com Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing — a debilitating condition that gets little attention and has no cure. Desperate, the Wisconsin woman traveled hundreds of miles to seek a delicate operation — replacing under-arm lymph nodes …

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Treatment, not screening, credited with latest breast cancer advances

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By: Jill Daly From: post-gazette.com Women who get a diagnosis of breast cancer often have little preparation for what comes next, except in stories from their friends, their neighbors, their sisters, their mothers. The good news is that women are surviving cases that years ago were resistant to even the most rigorous treatments. Breast cancer specialists in Pittsburgh say testing …

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Study finds unnecessary breast cancer treatment

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By: Kumasi Aaron From: fox4now It’s hard to imagine getting chemotherapy or radiation without really needing it. But a new study says that may be more common than we think. It found a third of breast cancer patients are treated unnecessarily. Myra Robinson didn’t know what to think when doctors told her she had DCIS. “Complete devastation,” she says she …

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Sleep hormone helps breast cancer drug kill more cancer cells

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Source: Elsevier From: sciencedaily.com Tiny bubbles filled with the sleep hormone melatonin can make breast cancer treatment more effective, which means people need a lower dose, giving them less severe side effects. In a new study published in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, researchers show that the bubbles, called nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs), made tamoxifen stronger and help it kill …

One Day Breast Cancer Treatment Available for Some Women, for Others a Reduction in Post Surgical Radiation Requirements

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JFK Medical Center is the first hospital in the United States to perform Electron Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (e-IORT) on a new technology called Liac 12 from Sordina IORT Technologies USA, Inc. (SIT, USA.) This new procedure can essentially reduce breast cancer treatment from six and a half weeks to one day for many women. Advances in surgery and radiation therapy …

Kadcyla, an Antibody Drug Conjugate for Breast Cancer Treatment

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by: Sheena Gurai, PharmD Intern From: rxeconsult.com What are Antibody-Drug Conjugates? There is a new class of drugs that has significant potential to create breakthroughs in cancer treatment. This class is known as antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), which simply refers to a drug that is attached to an antibody [see figure 1]. Antibodies are proteins that the immune system uses to …

Seed implants are alternative to traditional breast cancer treatments

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By: Kharl Prado From: Beacon News Oncologists at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre are using an innovative treatment for breast cancer patients, and initial results look promising. The treatment features radioactive seed implants that are designed  to eliminate all remaining breast cancer cells within weeks following surgical removal of a tumour. The implants are each the size of a grain of …