Breast cancer striking women in their 20s and 30s

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

By Annie Goodman I hate cliches. This is the only one I find acceptable: knowledge is power. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 years old on February 29, 2012, I was completely in shock. I assumed the palpable lump I felt in my breast was a benign cyst and I had nothing to worry about. It literally …

Exercise is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From KevinMD.com Written by James C. Salwitz, MD If you had cancer, how good would a treatment have to be, how much would it have to help, for you to use it?  How about if it gave you a 5% better chance of cure?  A 10% chance?  How about a 20% chance to be beat the disease using a treatment …

Introducing “The BREASTation”

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

Start with the statistic of 7 out of 10 women who have breast cancer surgery are never apprised of their options regarding reconstruction.  Give that information to a 2x breast cancer survivor who has had a double mastectomy with reconstruction.  Have that survivor discuss the information with her plastic surgeon, Dr. Saul Berger, who made her journey so easy and …

New hope for hormone resistant breast cancer

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From: medicalxpress.com A new finding provides fresh hope for the millions of women worldwide with oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Australian scientists have shown that a specific change, which occurs when tumours become resistant to anti-oestrogen therapy, might make the cancers susceptible to treatment with chemotherapy drugs. Seventy percent of breast cancer patients have oestrogen receptor positive cancer, and most …

Proteomics can improve breast cancer treatmen

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From medicalxpress.com Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified a protein that could help physicians decide what type of therapy patients with hormone driven breast cancer should go through. In a study, published in Nature Communications, they show that high levels of a protein called retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARA) in breast tumors can be linked to an insufficient …

Experimental ‘iKnife’ Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

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From Drugs.com An experimental surgical “knife” can accurately identify cancerous tissue as a surgeon cuts through it, creating the potential for shorter cancer surgeries that remove all traces of tumor, according to a study co-written by the device’s developers. The “iKnife” uses electricity to cauterize surgical incisions as they are made, and then samples the resulting smoke to determine whether …

Kids Affected by A Parent’s Cancer and College Students

In Breast Cancer, Recent Posts by Barbara Jacoby

You have been diagnosed or know someone else who has been diagnosed with cancer and you know that your life and the lives of your family members and friends will never be the same.  There is support for the grown ups but what happens to the children of a parent affected with cancer?  More than likely they are left on …

New drug treats breast cancer

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The Walter And Eliza Hall Institute Breast cancer researchers Dr Delphine Merino, Dr François Vaillant, Professor Geoff Lindeman, Professor Jane Visvader and colleagues have shown that BH3-mimetic anti-cancer compounds were effective in treating aggressive breast cancers when combined with a conventional chemotherapy drug. Melbourne researchers have discovered that anti-cancer compounds currently in clinical trials for some types of leukaemia could …

Risk Of Breast Cancer Recurrence After Tamoxifen Treatment Predicted By Biomarker

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From Medical News Today A biomarker reflecting expression levels of two genes in tumor tissue may be able to predict which women treated for estrogen-receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer should receive a second estrogen-blocking medication after completing tamoxifen treatment. In their report published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center investigators describe finding …