Breast Cancer

Gene rearrangements driving 5 to 7 pc of breast cancers identified

Gene rearrangements driving 5 to 7 pc of breast cancers identifiedLondon, Nov 21 : An Indian born scientist and his team has discovered two cancer-spurring gene rearrangements that may trigger 5 to 7 percent of all breast cancers.

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Soon, new tools to predict spread of breast cancer

Soon, new tools to predict spread of breast cancerLondon, Oct 24 : Researchers have now come up with a new method to detect which breast cancer will spread and to what extent, which may lead to new ways to test drugs that may stop its spread.

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New breast cancer drug ‘more effective’ than current therapy

New breast cancer drug ‘more effective’ than current therapyLondon, Oct 21 : According to a study, a new breast cancer drug that lowers oestrogen levels is far more effective than the most popular current therapy. US researchers compared letrozole with tamoxifen, using each on its own, reported the Daily Express.

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Elevated hormones up risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women

 Elevated hormones up risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal womenWashington, Oct 21 : A new study has found that post-menopausal women with high levels of hormones such as estrogen or testosterone have a higher risk of breast cancer.

The study looked at eight different sex and growth hormones and found that the risk of breast cancer increased with the number of elevated hormones - each additional elevated hormone level increased risk by 16percent.

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Now, cheap blood test to predict breast cancer relapse risk

 Now, cheap blood test to predict breast cancer relapse riskLondon, Oct 20 : A simple and cheap blood test that can predict which women with the most common type of breast cancer are at risk of the disease returning.

The test, developed by scientists from The Institute of Cancer Research and Queen Mary, University of London, has helped identify which of the 37,000 women diagnosed with ER positive breast cancer each year are at risk of the disease returning.

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Drug counters bone-damaging effects of breast cancer medication

Drug counters bone-damaging effects of breast cancer medicationWashington, Oct 10 - An osteoporosis drug counteracts the bone damaging side-effects of some breast cancer medications.

The study indicates that some breast cancer patients could take zoledronic acid in addition to their anti-cancer medications to maintain bone health.

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Plausible way to break resistant breast cancer cells identified

Plausible way to break resistant breast cancer cells identifiedWashington, Oct 3 : A new research, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has claimed that genetically altering breast cancer cells to forcibly activate a heat-shock protein could break the resistance of the cells to drug treatment.

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Tumour make-up changes throughout the course of breast cancer

Tumour make-up changes throughout the course of breast cancerWashington, Sept 26 : A Swedish study has found that breast cancer tumours change their hormonal status throughout the course of disease.

The finding is worrying as the decision about the most effective treatment for the patient is usually based only on one biopsy of the primary tumour.

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Coming soon: Drugs that will stop breast cancer from recurring

Coming soon: Drugs that will stop breast cancer from recurringWashington, Sept 22 : A new study has suggested that some novel drugs that are being developed as remedies to other cancers will also be able in future to stop breast cancer from coming back.

Though hormone therapies, such as tamoxifen, that target a protein responsible for tumour growth, have dramatically improved the treatment of breast cancer, the therapies do not work in all patients.

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Flaxseed does not ease hot flashes during menopause or in breast cancer patients

Flaxseed does not ease hot flashes during menopause or in breast cancer patientsWashington, Sept 8: A study, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has found that flaxseed does not provide any relief from hot flashes among breast cancer patients and postmenopausal women.

The randomised, placebo-controlled Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) study was conducted on 188 women between October and December 2009.

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Now, a scanner that can detect breast cancer without using radiation

Now, a scanner that can detect breast cancer without using radiationLondon, Aug 28 : Israeli scientists have developed a scanner that can detect breast cancer more effectively than traditional X-ray mammograms without using radiation.

The new device finds tumours in the breast by using infrared beams and thermal energy.

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Just 2 glasses of wine daily ‘up risk of breast cancer death’

 Just 2 glasses of wine daily ‘up risk of breast cancer death’London, July 18: Experts have earlier warned that alcohol consumption increases the risk of contracting breast cancer. Now for the first time, a new study has shown that it also raises the risk of a woman dying from it once she has.

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Gene linked to 70pc of hard-to-treat breast cancers identified

 Gene linked to 70pc of hard-to-treat breast cancers identifiedLondon, July 15: A US study has found a gene that is responsible for 70 percent of hard-to-treat breast cancers, which are resistant to hormone therapies.

The study used a new technique, which tested hundreds of genes at once, rather than one at a time.

Hormones can force tumour growth, so drugs that interfere with that process, such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, are used as treatments.

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PSA test for men can now detect breast cancer in women

PSA test for men can now detect breast cancer in womenWashington, July 14 : A new study has suggested that the widely known PSA blood test for prostate cancer in men may get a second life as a much-needed new test for breast cancer in women.

According to Chien Chou and colleagues, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measured in the test is a potential biomarker of breast cancer in women.

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Drug combo can benefit more than 1 in 3 with hard-to-treat breast cancer

Drug combo can benefit more than 1 in 3 with hard-to-treat breast cancerWashington, July 9 : A new study has shown that a combination of the targeted therapies, which play different roles in breast cancer, can offer a personalized therapy approach to treat women with advanced stages of the disease.

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‘Breast cancer risk model’ supports ‘lifestyle changes’ to avoid the disease

‘Breast cancer risk model’ supports ‘lifestyle changes’ to avoid the disease Washington, June 25: A new study has revealed a breast cancer risk model related to lifestyle changes, that could lead to a reduction in the risk of developing the lethal disease.

The new model estimates the impact of losing weight, drinking less or exercising more on absolute breast cancer risk.

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Breast cancer drug can prevent 65pc of tumors in post-menopausal women

Breast cancer drug can prevent 65pc of tumors in post-menopausal womenLondon, June 23 : Exemestane, a drug already used to treat breast cancer, can reduce the risk of tumors by 65 percent among post-menopausal women prone to develop breast cancer.

This conclusion has been drawn by a three-year study in 4560 women in the US and Europe.

Importantly, there were no reports of lethal side effects like those caused by breast cancer drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene.

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Cheap blood pressure drug can help ''cut death rates from breast cancer by 81%''

 Cheap blood pressure drug can help ''cut death rates from breast cancer by 81%'' London, June 18 : Researchers have found that a drug developed 40 years ago, which is used to treat high blood pressure, and costing less than 5p a day, could cut the risk of women dying from breast cancer.

The latest study at Trinity College, Dublin, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the U. S., found the beta blocker propranolol cut the chances of dying by up to 81 per cent.

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Key molecule behind breast cancer spread identified

Key molecule behind breast cancer spread identifiedLondon, June 9 : Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified a critical molecule that helps breast cancer spread beyond the primary tumor.

The research also highlighted a potential new strategy against metastatic disease.

"By focusing on sites where cancer had spread, we were able to detect a molecule that stimulates metastasis," said Jeffrey Pollard, the study''s senior author.

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Flaxseed does not ease hot flashes during menopause or in breast cancer patients

Flaxseed does not ease hot flashes during menopause or in breast cancer patientsWashington, June 6 : A study has found that flaxseed does not provide any relief from hot flashes among breast cancer patients and postmenopausal women.

The randomised, placebo-controlled Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) study was conducted on 188 women between October and December 2009.

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Silencing 'hedgehog' molecule halts cancer

Breast CancerSydney, June 6 : Breast cancer cells are known to create the conditions for their own survival by communicating their needs to the healthy cells surrounding them.

Now researchers have identified a molecule known as 'hedgehog' that sits at the centre of the switchboard in breast cancer, transmitting biochemical signals between cancer cells and healthy cells.

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Pill to halt galloping growth of triple-negative breast cancer on the anvil

 Pill to halt galloping growth of triple-negative breast cancer on the anvilWashington, June 2: A pill to halt the spread of triple-negative breast tumors could be on the anvil, with scientists having identified an overactive network of genes that drive cancer cells in one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer that are highly resistant to current therapies.

Around one in seven women have been diagnosed with the disease and fail to respond to most treatments.

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Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth in preclinical trial

Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth in preclinical trialWashington, May 28 : A drug named Chapel Hill - Tacrolimus that is commonly used to prevent organ transplantation rejection inhibits breast cancer growth, a UNC laboratory study has shown.

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Parsley could help in breast cancer treatment

Breast CancerWashington, May 10 : Parsley carries a potent compound that can halt breast cancer cells from reproducing, according to researchers.

Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, exposed rats with breast cancer to apigenin, a compound found in parsley and other plant products.

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Healthy lifestyle helps prevent breast cancer

Healthy lifestyle helps prevent breast cancerLondon, May 9: Women can prevent the occurrence of the fatal breast cancer by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating healthy, curbing alcohol and exercising, according to a study.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has recommended taking half an hour of physical exercise a day, limiting alcohol consumption to just one drink daily and losing weight to ward off the risk of breast cancer.

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