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Fred Hutch researchers root out sleeping breast cancer cells to stop metastasis

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By: James Thorne From: geekwire.com Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center led by Dr. Cyrus Ghajar recently uncovered promising new science in the battle against metastatic breast cancer. Their findings, published today in Nature Cell Biology, show that it’s possible to destroy cancer cells that can hide for years in people’s bone marrow. Chemotherapy is often effective at …

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Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer: Overcoming The Side Effects

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By: Dr. Omiete Charles-Davies Chemotherapy is the use of drugs or chemicals to treat an illness or disease, which in this case is, breast cancer. It involves giving patients anti-cancer drugs called cytotoxic drugs – which literally means cell (cyto) killing (toxic). Chemotherapy is used to also control the spread of breast cancer, reduce symptoms or prevent a recurrence. Chemotherapy …

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CTC Counts Hold Value in Therapy Selection for Metastatic Breast Cancer

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By: Tony Hagen From: targetedonc.com At the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, data demonstrated that use of circulating tumor-cell (CTC) counts had strong value for selecting endocrine therapy compared to chemotherapy in patients with estrogen receptor–positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. A CTC cutoff value was used to determine first-line treatment in this double-arm, randomized trial. There was high concordance between clinician’s choice …

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Virtual Reality Experience for Chemotherapy Patients Earns 2018 Magnet Prize®

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By: Hiran Ratnayake From: prnewswire.com Prestigious Award from American Nurses Credentialing Center Recognizes Christiana Care Project as a Stellar Example of Innovation to Make Cancer Treatment Easier on Patients Christiana Care Health System has won the prestigious 2018 Magnet Prize® from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for using virtual reality technology to improve patients’ experience during chemotherapy at Christiana …

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NIR light may identify breast cancer patients who will benefit most from chemotherapy

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Source: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science From: sciencedaily.com A new optical imaging system developed at Columbia University uses red and near-infrared light to identify breast cancer patients who will respond to chemotherapy. The imaging system may be able to predict response to chemotherapy as early as two weeks after beginning treatment. Findings from a first pilot study …

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More than just ‘chemo brain’: Cancer impacts memory, too

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By: Maria Cohut From: medicalnewstoday.com People undergoing cancer treatment often report experiencing “chemo brain,” or states of confusion and cognitive impairment due to aggressive chemotherapy treatment. But new research suggests that these cognitive problems might start earlier, with the development of cancer tumors. Researchers at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada, conducted a study focusing on the …

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Pills

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Usually, chemotherapy is associated with cancer drugs given intravenously in a hospital or doctor’s office. This has been the traditional nonsurgical method of treating cancer. Some versions of oral chemotherapy have been around for more than 60 years. But it’s due to recent advances in cancer treatments that oral chemotherapy pills have become more widely used. In 2007, researchers estimated …

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THE UNDERSTUDIED CONSEQUENCES OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY AFTER CHEMOTHERAPY

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In two papers published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions have found that peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in hands and/or feet, can bother early-stage breast cancer patients years after completing chemotherapy. In addition, a systematic literature review found only a handful of studies that tracked long-term …

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New cancer treatment may be more effective than chemotherapy

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By: Samuel Osborne From: independent.co.uk A newly discovered process to trigger the death of cancer cells could be more effective than current methods such as chemotherapy, scientists have said. The new method of killing cancer cells, called Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), led to the complete eradication of tumours in experimental models. Most current anti-cancer therapies (chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy) …

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New Imaging Test Could Detect Heart Damage in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

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Source: University of Ottawa Heart Institute From: globenewswire.com Heart damage (cardiotoxicity) is a known risk for women treated with chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer. As breast cancer treatment has become more successful, more women are surviving a breast cancer diagnosis. However, there can be short- and long-term toxicities (side effects) from cancer treatments. Heart disease is now the second …