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 …

Anastrozole may be a new option for breast cancer prevention

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By: Kathy Boltz, PhD From: OncologyNurseAdvisor Breast cancer incidence among postmenopausal women at high risk for developing the disease was significantly reduced by the antihormone therapy anastrozole, indicating that the drug may be an effective new option for breast cancer prevention for this group of women. The initial results of the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial were presented at the 2013 …

Acupuncture Shown Ineffective in Breast Cancer Study

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by Benjamin Radford from: news.discovery.com A new study published in the journal Cancer finds that acupuncture is ineffective in treating hot flashes, joint pain, and other menopausal symptoms. Forty-seven female breast cancer patients (men can and do get breast cancer) were treated with eight weeks of either real or fake acupuncture as a way to reduce the side effects of …

No viral cause for breast cancer and brain tumors

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From: YottaFire A major study conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy has now disproved theories of a viral cause for breast cancer and the brain tumour, glioblastoma. The study, which was based on over seven billion DNA sequences and which is published in Nature Communications, found no genetic traces of viruses in these forms of cancer. It has been scientifically proven that …

Largest ever study of male breast cancer treatment shows more mastectomy, less radiation than in female disease

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From: YottaFire University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers used data from 4,276 cases of male breast cancer and 718,587 cases of female breast cancer to show that the disease is treated differently in men than in women. Specifically, male breast cancer is treated with mastectomy more often than female breast cancer, and in cases in which locally advanced female breast …

Novel noninvasive therapy prevents breast cancer formation in mice

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From: medicalxpress.com A novel breast-cancer therapy that partially reverses the cancerous state in cultured breast tumor cells and prevents cancer development in mice, could one day provide a new way to treat early stages of the disease without resorting to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, a multi-institutional team led by researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard …

Chemoresistant breast cancer outcomes not improved by bisphosphonate treatment

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by Kathy Boltz, PhD From: OncologyNurseAdvisor.com Treatment with zoledronate, a bisphosphonate, did not improve outcomes for women with chemoresistant breast cancer, according to initial results of a phase 3 clinical trial presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 10-14, 2013. Many patients with breast cancer are treated with chemotherapy prior to surgery. In patients who receive this …

Less can be more when removing lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery

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From: YottaFire.com A conservative approach to removing lymph nodes is associated with less harm for breast cancer patients and often yields the same results as more radical procedures, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. In the Oct. 2 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, lead author Dr. Roshni Rao, associate professor of surgery at UT Southwestern, and …

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 …