Breast Cancer

The FDA approves a combination of drugs for breast cancer. Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

Cancer and Family History

Researchers in Milan, Italy have recently published their research in the Annals of Oncology. The study followed  some 12,000 patients with cancer at different sites in the body including bowel, pancreatic, liver, breast, ovarian, cervical and prostate cancer.   The patients were compared with approximately 11,000 people without the disease. Researchers collected specific information on the [...]

Breast Cancer Surgery on the Margins

Source: UC Irvine Health News, Making Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise; One of the many problems facing breast cancer patients is weather their surgeon cut out all of the cancer in her breast during surgery. The goal in a lumpectomy is to completely remove the cancer while preserving as much normal breast tissue as [...]

Breast Cancer Spread Risk

Sources: Nature Cell Biology, May 2013; Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Breast Cancer Spread (metastasis) risk is higher in women with dense breast tissue.  Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered why breast cancer patients with dense breasts are more likely than others to develop aggressive tumors that [...]

Breast Cancer New Research

Source:  Molecular Cell, May 2013; Western Schulich School of Medicine & Denistry (Ontario, Canada) Breast Cancer isn't all the same. There is a type of breast cancer called "triple negative" which has limited treatment options and the worst chance of survival. Triple negative breast cancer is generally diagnosed based upon the presence, or lack of, three [...]

Cancer Misdiagnosis Common

Sources: Best Doctors and the National Coalition on Health Care Joint Study; American Journal of Medicine; BMJ Quality and Saftey Cancer is diagnosed more commonly than most physicians, themselves are aware.  A series of recently published studies indicate a misdiagnosis rate from 15% to 28% of the time. There are a number of reasons cited by [...]

Advanced Breast Cancer Increase in Women under 40

Sources: JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 2013;309(8):800-805; National Cancer Institute, SEER Cancer Statistics Review ADVANCED breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer (spread through the body) effectively tripled among women younger than 40 between 1976 and 2009. These are women whose cancer had already spread by the time it was diagnosed.  In this small, but statistically [...]

Early Detection Critical for Breast Cancer!

Sources: American Cancer Society; and 30+ years of medical malpractice experience EARLY detection of breast cancer, before it causes symptoms, is the key to cure and long-term survival of this disease.  The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms.  Breast cancers that are [...]

Women who Smoke have Twice the Risk of Cancer than Men.

Sources: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, online edition, May 1, 2013; American Association for Cancer Research RESEARCHERS at the University of Tromsø in Norway have concluded that women who smoke have a higher risk of cancer than men, Norwegian investigators found.  Looking at the medical records of more than 600,000 patients between ages 16 and [...]

Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer -Treating Before Treatment.

Sources: National Cancer Institute; Journal of Clinical Oncology; Lancet NEOADJUVANT therapy is treatment given before primary therapy.  For example, a woman may receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer to shrink a tumor that is inoperable or a woman whose breast tumor can be removed by mastectomy may receive neoadjuvant therapy to shrink the tumor enough to allow breast-conserving [...]

Breast Cancer Treatment -MALE Hormones.

Sources: Colorado Cancer Blogs; American Association for Cancer Research; BBC Health News MALE sex hormones, androgens, may provide another tool to fight breast cancer in women.  Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center have discovered that many breast cancers possess androgen receptors on their surface, and that male hormones like testosterone fuel the tumour's growth.  [...]