Moderate doses of radiation therapy to unaffected breast may prevent second breast cancers

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From: sciencecodex.com Survivors of breast cancer have a one in six chance of developing breast cancer in the other breast. But a study conducted in mice suggests that survivors can dramatically reduce that risk through treatment with moderate doses of radiation to the unaffected breast at the same time that they receive radiation therapy to their affected breast. The treatment, …

Breast cancer survivors troubled most by postmastectomy pain

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From: OncologyNurseAdvisor.com Women with breast cancer who undergo surgery rate persistent postmastectomy pain as the most troubling symptom. Surgery is part of the treatment for more than 40% of the 200,000 US women with breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh evaluated 611 women who had undergone total or partial mastectomy and were treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or hormone …

Safe To Omit Radiation in Older Breast Cancer Patients

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From: Clinical Oncology A randomized study of 1,300 patients has shown that omitting radiation is a reasonable option for women older than age 65 with early-stage, hormone receptor–positive breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving surgery and endocrine therapy. Omission of radiation in this patient group had no effect on survival and only a 2.8% increase in the risk for ipsilateral breast …

New Breast Cancer Stem Cell Findings Explain How Cancer Spreads

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From: Eurasia Review Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to an international collaboration of researchers. Their finding sheds new light on the process that makes cancer a deadly disease. 234,580 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,030 will die from the disease, …

NEW STUDIES OF ELECTRON BEAM RADIATION TREATMENT SHOW WOMEN CAN GET A ONE DAY TREATMENT FOR THEIR BREAST CANCER AND NEARLY ALL BREAST CANCER PATIENTS CAN BENEFIT

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From better survival rates to fewer treatments and improved cosmetic outcomes, electron radiation therapy treatment and “boost” prove benefits The recent release of comprehensive, multi-year studies of thousands of cancer patients out of Europe demonstrate clearly the substantial advantages for the use of intraoperative electron-beam radiation therapy techniques in providing significantly improved clinical outcomes and psychological benefits to breast cancer …

Happy 6th Anniversary to Let Life Happen

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I can’t believe it!  Every Sunday for the last 6 years, I have posted a blog without fail.  I’ve often thought that I would run out of ideas and wouldn’t know what to do if that happened but so far, so good.  However, when I wrote that first blog so many years ago, I never imagined how this whole site …

Scientists link protein with breast cancer’s spread to the brain

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From: medicalxpress.com A cancer-research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified a protein that may be a major culprit when breast cancer metastasizes to the brain. Brain metastasis is a terrifying complication of advanced breast cancer, with a grim prognosis and few treatment options. The cancer’s spread to the brain is often undetected until patients start to develop symptoms …

Promising New Biomarkers Linked to Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

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From: Digital Journal Two new papers in the “Advancing Women’s Health” issue of Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, show for the first time that measuring the amount of certain protein fragments and microRNAs in a woman’s blood and breast tissue might enable the early diagnosis of breast cancer or prediction of its metastasis, respectively. Cancer is the second leading …

Late-Stage Breast Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Immediate Surgery

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By Mark Nootbaar From: http://wesa.fm Early detection of breast cancer is one of the most important factors when calculating survival rates, but a Magee Hospital surgeon thinks he has found a way to help women who’s cancer is not detected until it has already spread to their bones. Patients who first present with stage four breast cancer with bone metastasis …

Does good cholesterol increase breast cancer risk?

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From: YottaFire High levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the “good cholesterol,” are thought to protect against heart disease. However, what’s good for one disease may not be good for another. High levels of HDL have also been linked to increased breast cancer risks and to enhanced cancer aggressiveness in animal experiments. Now, a team of researchers …