Over 70s who think they’re too old to get breast cancer: Elderly women dying needlessly as they are no longer screened

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From: dailymail.co.uk Older women may be dying needlessly of breast cancer because they wrongly assume that the threat has passed them by, experts have warned. Figures have revealed that one in three cases of the disease – and more than half of deaths – are in women who are aged 70 or older. Despite this, the age group is not …

Agendia’s MammaPrint & BluePrint Tests for Breast Cancer Highlighted at Personalized Medicine Conference

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Molecular subtyping provides a more precise prognosis and valuable guidance about the best treatment for early-stage breast cancer, according to a presentation by Neil Barth, M.D., at the prestigious Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC). Dr. Barth, a medical oncologist and Chief Medical Officer of Agendia, was a featured speaker at the recently concluded conference. Agendia’s BluePrint® molecular diagnostics assay is …

Doctors May Need to Revise How They Evaluate Breast Biopsy Results

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From: Drugs.com Two types of breast tissue abnormality may have the same potential of progressing to breast cancer, contrary to current belief, according to a new study. One abnormal tissue finding is known as “atypical ductal hyperplasia” (ADH), an accumulation of abnormal cells in a breast duct. The other abnormal finding is “atypical lobular hyperplasia” (ALH), an accumulation of abnormal …

Extended outcomes of adjuvant accelerated partial breast irradiation patients show excellent tumor control, breast cosmesis and minimal late toxicity

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From: astro.org Long-term (five-year) outcomes of breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) after breast-conserving surgery show excellent tumor control and breast cosmesis (cosmetic outcomes) with minimal late toxicity, according to a study published in the February 1, 2014 print edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology ● Biology ● Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific …

Study examines stem cell role in breast cancer care

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By Kaitlin Zurdosky From: michigandaily.com Researchers at the University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, in collaboration with an international cohort, have developed means of identifying two states of breast cancer stem cells, giving them new clues as to how to treat patients with cancer. By distinguishing the different states, they hope to find more targeted and effective treatments for the disease, which …

Scientists propose a breast cancer drug for bladder cancer patients

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From: MedicalXpress.com Researchers at Mayo Clinic have found amplification of HER2, a known driver of some breast cancers, in a type of bladder cancer called micropapillary urothelial carcinoma (MPUC) and have shown that the presence of HER2 amplification is associated with particularly aggressive tumors. These findings suggest that administering trastuzumab to MPUC patients with HER2 amplification could improve outcomes, just …

Health Column: Progesterone, the breast cancer shield

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by: Scott Rollins, M.D. From: postindependent.com Breast cancer is understandably the greatest concern of women who are considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and yet the media and medical community have only confused the issue with blanket statements regarding risk and a sorry lack of specifics. Before deciding whether HRT is right for you, it is essential to learn more about …

The scent of cancer: Detecting cancer with fruit fly’s antenna

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Source: University of Konstanz From: Science Daily A research unit in an international cooperation project, led by the Konstanz-based neurobiologist and zoologist Professor Dr. Giovanni Galizia, has been the first to demonstrate that fruit flies are able to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells via their olfactory sense. In an article, published on 6 January in the international scientific journal …

Alternative Breast Cancer Treatment Cited in Woman’s Death

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By LIZ NEPORENT via Good Morning America A Colorado woman died after injecting the supplement cesium chloride into her breast as an alternative treatment for breast cancer, according to a new case study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The 61-year-old woman, whose name was not released for privacy reasons, had been taking cesium tablets and a …

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, …