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Switch that might tame most aggressive of breast cancers

So-called 'triple-negative breast cancers' are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types, researchers have found. They have also found a gene that drives the aggressive disease, and hope to find a way to 'switch it off'.

ID4: The switch that might tame the most aggressive of breast cancers

Triple-negative breast cancers are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types. This helps explain why survival prospects for women with the diagnosis tend to be either very good or very bad. A research team has found a gene that drives the aggressive disease, and hopes to find a way to 'switch it off'. read more

Most women with early-stage breast cancer avoid extensive lymph node removal

A new study of women with early-stage breast cancer finds that surgeons no longer universally remove most of the lymph nodes in the underarm area when a biopsy of the nearby lymph nodes shows cancer -- a major change in breast cancer management.

Latest Jolie Pitt Announcement Broadens Conversation on Cancer Prevention Options

Dr. Henry Lynch, chair of preventive medicine at Creighton University and the discoverer of a syndrome related to linkages between breast and ovarian cancers, weighs in on the pre-emptive surgery option taken by Angelina Jolie Pitt.

Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

Scientists have found a new way to make chemotherapy more effective against breast cancer cells. They show that blocking a cellular quality control mechanism before administering chemotherapy makes breast cancer cells die faster than when they were exposed to chemotherapy alone. Show More Summary

Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Selectively Target Tumor Cells in Two Cancer Models

Dartmouth team uses nanomaterials to pursue a systematic study of variables in xenograft models of both breast and ovarian human cancer.

How This 3-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Found Strength Through Writing

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Tiffany Jones joins HuffPost Live to explain how cancer gave her "a purpose." Watch the video here.

Oldest Evidence Of Breast Cancer Seen In Ancient Egyptian Skeleton

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Archaeologists say they may have found the world's oldest case of breast cancer in a skeleton unearthed recently in Egypt -- a reminder that cancer is not just a modern disease. The skeleton, believed to be that of an adult woman, was...Show More Summary

Egyptian skeleton has oldest evidence of breast cancer

3 days agoNews : NY Daily News

A team from a Spanish university has discovered what Egyptian authorities are calling the world's oldest evidence of breast cancer.

Kelly Osbourne: I Have BRCA1 Gene Mutation Just Like Angelina Jolie

It’s amazing what medical science can do these days and thankfully Kelly Osbourne recently found out she is at an increased risk for breast cancer. While discussing Angelina Jolie’s surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes on...Show More Summary

Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer

It’s been a while since I discussed medical marijuana, even though it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to come back to since I first dubbed medical marijuana to be the equivalent of herbalism and discussed how the potential of cannabinoids to treat cancer has been, thus far, unimpressive, with relatively modest antitumor effects. The reason…

Angelina Jolie's Brave Decision: My Kids Will Never Have to Say, 'Mom Died of Ovarian Cancer'

It all started with one simple blood test. Two years ago, Angelina Jolie learned that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an estimated 87% risk of breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer.  Jolie, who lost her mother, grandmother, and aunt to cancer, was faced with a tough decision – to go through with a preventive double mastectomy.

Alzheimer's Patients: Less than half say they were told Alzheimer's diagnosis

A new study found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer) say they were told the diagnosis.

More Venezuelan Women Undergo Mastectomies Because of Economic Crisis

Because Venezuela is in the midst of an economic crisis, procedures that are often a last resort in the battle against breast cancer, like mastectomies, are being favored over more modern standards of care, like radiation and less-invasive surgery, reports AP Online. Read more...

Ancient Egyptian skeleton shows signs of breast cancer

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Researchers working in Egypt say they have found the oldest example of breast cancer in the 4,200-year-old remains of an Egyptian woman — a discovery that casts further doubt on the common perception of cancer as a modern disease associated with today's lifestyles.Read full article >>

Stress Management May Have Long-Term Benefits For Cancer Survivors

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Going through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can be one of the most stressful events that a woman ever has to face. Learning to cope with that stress can carry benefits not only in the early stages of recovery, but also years...Show More Summary

Angelina Jolie doesn't have cancer — here's why she had her ovaries and breasts removed

Tuesday morning actress and sex symbol Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her ovaries removed in a preventative surgery to reduce her risk for ovarian cancer after some signals of precancer turned up on a routine scan. She...Show More Summary

Women with diabetes more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer

Diabetes is associated with more advanced stage breast cancer, according to a new study that confirms a strong link between diabetes and later stage breast cancer at diagnosis. "Our findings suggest that women with diabetes may be predisposed to more advanced stage breast cancer, which may be a contributor to their higher cancer mortality," said one scientist.

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