Breast Cancer

Most inclusive analysis reveals new ways to detect, treat breast cancer

 Most inclusive analysis reveals new ways to detect, treat breast cancerWashington, May 06: Belgian researchers have reported the most comprehensive analysis yet of the epigenetic modifications present in breast cancer that reveals potentially important new ways to detect and treat the disease.

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Drug used to treat arthritis may fight breast cancer

 Drug used to treat arthritis may fight breast cancer Washington, May 06: Dutch researchers have reported that the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib may be a useful additional treatment for people with breast cancer.

The results of a randomized trial in 45 patients with primary invasive breast cancer showed that the drug --which is currently used to treat arthritis and other painful conditions-- clearly induced an anti-tumor response at the molecular level.

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Scientists discover protein that can halt spread of breast cancer

Washington, May 5 : Scientists have discovered a protein that is capable of halting the spread of breast cancer cells.

The protein could also lead to a therapy for preventing or limiting the spread of the disease.

"Cancer researchers want to design new therapeutic strategies in which the metastasis or spreading stage of cancer can be blocked," Andrew Craig, lead researcher and a professor in Queen's Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Research Institute, explained.

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Drugs to cure breast cancer could be available in 5 years

Drugs to cure breast cancer could be available in 5 years London, May 04 : British scientists have identified three key breast cancer genes in a breakthrough likened to finding gold in Trafalgar Square.

The discovery could save thousands of lives a year by providing researchers with the inspiration they need to come up with vital new treatments for the most common form of the disease.

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UK docs reconstruct cancer patient’s breast with pigskin

Washington, April 30: In a groundbreaking operation, doctors in UK have successfully used pigskin to reconstruct a breast in a cancer patient.

Traditionally, a breast reconstruction has involved using tissue from another part of the patient''s body. But that practice is painful and leaves multiple scars.

This new surgery could provide hope for the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

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Normal healthy breast cells can help kill cancer cells

Breast CancerWashington, Apr 14 : A study has found that normal healthy cells can be a second line of defence against cancer.

Researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy''s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that the body can fight against breast cancer cells with healthy cells.

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Breast cancer patients'' persistent fatigue may speed up aging

Breast cancer patients'' persistent fatigue may speed up aging Washington, Apr 7: A new study suggests that the persistent fatigue that plagues one out of every three breast cancer survivors may be caused by one part of the autonomic nervous system running in overdrive, while the other part fails to slow it down.

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Fish oil boosts breast cancer drug therapy

Fish oil boosts breast cancer drug therapyWashington, April 7: Being exposed to estrogen over a long period of time is one factor that can increase a woman''s risk of developing breast cancer. One way a woman can combat this risk factor is by taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, which interferes with the activity of estrogen.

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Soy food safe for breast cancer survivors

Soy food safe for breast cancer survivorsWashington, April 6: A new study has revealed that soy food consumption does not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death among survivors of breast cancer.

Researchers investigated the association between soy food intake and breast cancer outcomes among survivors, using data from a multi-institution collaborative study, the After Breast Cancer Pooling Project.

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Smoking doesn''t boost breast cancer risk in obese postmenopausal women

 Smoking doesn''t boost breast cancer risk in obese postmenopausal women Washington, April 04: A new study has suggested that there is a significant link between smoking and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, but it depends on their body weight.

A significant association between smoking and breast cancer risk was observed in non-obese women, but not in obese women.

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‘Immune profile’ may guide chemotherapy for breast cancer

 ‘Immune profile’ may guide chemotherapy for breast cancer Washington, Apr 4 : US researchers have discovered a new way to predict breast cancer survival based on an ‘immune profile’ – the relative levels of three types of immune cells within a tumor. Knowing a patient''s profile may one day help guide treatment.

The team at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that they could use drugs to alter this immune profile in mice.

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Possible clues to tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer patients found

Washington, March 31 : A new study has found that breast cancer patients who become resistant to tamoxifen may have low levels of a protein called Rho GDI-alpha.

Women whose tumors have estrogen receptors (ERs) often take tamoxifen after surgery to prevent recurrence of the cancer and keep it from metastasizing to other parts of the body. Some patients, however, become resistant to the drug even though their tumors remain ER-positive.

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Preventive use of breast cancer drugs urged

Breast CancerLondon, March 28 : Up to one in 10 women could benefit from anti-cancer treatments such as tamoxifen even before they show signs of the disease. But there are concerns the drug could have side effects, such as blood clots and, in some cases, womb cancer, according to an international panel of experts.

The specialists call for a radical new approach to identifying and treating patients who are at risk, the journal Lancet Oncology reports.

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Taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer can save lives and cut medical costs

Breast CancerWashington, Mar 14 : A new research has revealed that tamoxifen, taken by certain women as a preventive measure against breast cancer, saves lives and money.

The study''s results suggest that the benefits of tamoxifen to prevent cancer can sufficiently compensate for its side effects in post-menopausal women under age 55 years who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

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How support protein laminin plays a role in breast cancer development

Washington, Mar 8: A new study has found how a structural support protein called laminin plays a central role in the development of breast cancer.

Mina Bissell with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and her collaborators focused on laminin and its connections with two other proteins – actin, a cytoplasmic protein that has been linked to nuclear activities; and MMP9, an enzyme that is secreted outside the cells and is known to break down ECM (extracellular matrix) constituents.

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Breast cancer survivors ‘more likely to fall’

Breast cancer survivors ‘more likely to fall’Washington, Mar 5: A new research has revealed that combined effects of chemotherapy and endocrine therapy may increase the risk of bone fractures in breast cancer survivors.

Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, asked post-menopausal breast cancer survivors whether they had fallen in the past year and then tracked their falls over a six-month study period.

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Genetic pathways involved in breast cancer identified

Genetic pathways involved in breast cancer identifiedWashington, March 04: Scientists have uncovered a genetic pathway that affects the development of breast cancer.

The discovery could help predict which patients are at risk of relapse for the disease.

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Genetic pathways involved in breast cancer identified

Genetic pathways involved in breast cancer identified Washington, March 04 : Scientists have uncovered a genetic pathway that affects the development of breast cancer.

The discovery could help predict which patients are at risk of relapse for the disease.

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Obesity could increase aggressive breast cancer risk

Obesity could increase aggressive breast cancer riskLondon, Mar 2 : New research has found that obese women who do not exercise are more likely to get one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancers, suggests a study.

The study has confirmed the risk of one of the most aggressive forms of the disease, known as triple negative breast cancer, in obese women who fail to keep active, reports the Daily Express.

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Smoking ‘ups breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women’

 Smoking ‘ups breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women’ London, March 02 : A new research has found that postmenopausal women who smoke or used to smoke have up to a 16 pc higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who have never smoked.

The study also says that women who have had extensive exposure to passive smoking, either as children or in adulthood, may also have an excess risk of developing breast cancer.

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Gene to sabotage breast cancer cells

Gene to sabotage breast cancer cells  London, Feb 28: A designer gene delivered directly into breast cancer cells causes these to self-destruct -- thanks to a scientist's pioneering work.

Helen McCarthy from Queen's School of Pharmacy, Belfast packaged a gene -- called a Designer Biomimetic Vector (DBV) -- into a nanoparticle 400 times smaller than a human hair for direct deliver into breast cancer cells in the lab.

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‘Wonderdrug’ keeps breast cancer away

 ‘Wonderdrug’ keeps breast cancer awayLondon, Feb 25: Experts have found that breast cancer drug Herceptin could keep new tumours away for more than four years.

They found that four years on, patients who received Herceptin —dubbed a ‘wonderdrug’ in 2005—are still 24 per cent less likely to have their tumours recur.

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Multiple childbirth linked to increased risk of ‘triple-negative’ breast cancer

Multiple childbirth linked to increased risk of ‘triple-negative’ breast cancerWashington, Feb 25: A new study has found that the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of `triple-negative' breast cancer, a relatively uncommon but particularly aggressive subtype of the disease.

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Compound used to control cholesterol may also kill breast cancer

 Compound used to control cholesterol may also kill breast cancer Washington, Feb 23: A new University of Missouri study has found that a compound used to control cholesterol may also kill breast cancer cells.

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Ex Miss Venezuela''s book on her breast cancer battle breaks taboos

 Ex Miss Venezuela''s book on her breast cancer battle breaks taboos Melbourne, Feb 22: Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall''s book on her battle with breast cancer has encouraged other women to seek breast examinations.

Ekvall, 27, who is featured in a new book of photos called, ''Fuera de Foco'' (Out of Focus), looks in her own words, "not pretty at all", with her bald, sick, puffy and exhausted appearance.

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