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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 …

Sound Waves as Breast Cancer Tx: Wave of Future?

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By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Action Points – Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Ablating tumors with sound waves may eventually be one way to treat breast cancer, researchers reported here. In a small study …

Robots From Space Being Used To Help Treat Breast Cancer

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by Tech Light From: InventorSpot.com What do the International Space Station and a breast cancer treatment center have in common? More than you might think, actually. A new device is under development at the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation that utilizes the same robotics technology found on the ISS to automate MRI-guided breast biopsies, leading to great gains in …

The Angelina Jolie Effect: Survey Finds Celebrity Health Choices May Impact Important Consumer Health Decisions

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Study Also Finds that Women Are Often Unaware of All Breast Cancer Treatment Options It’s widely known that celebrities have an impact on consumer opinions when it comes to fashion choices, hairstyles, cars and vacations spots. Now, a survey commissioned by The BC5 Project, a group focused on broadening awareness of breast cancer treatment options, suggests that famous personalities may …