Diagnosing Breast Cancer With An Imaging Pill

For women, mammograms are a sometimes uncomfortable, but necessary, annual ritual. But this procedure doesn’t always provide accurate results, and it exposes women to X-rays. In a study appearing in ACS’ journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, scientists report that they have developed a non-invasive “disease screening pill” that can make cancerous tumors …

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More Breast Cancer Patients Can Avoid Chemotherapy: Study

A 21-gene test performed on tumors could enable most patients with the most common type of early breast cancer to safely forgo chemotherapy, according to a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Loyola Medicine oncologist Kathy Albain, MD, is among the main co-authors of the study …

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New Potential Treatment For Triple Negative Breast Cancer

In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Mayo Clinic researchers identified that an FDA drug approved for myelodysplastic syndrome may be useful to treat triple-negative breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive and lethal types of breast cancer. In this study, Mayo investigators identified …

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Discovery Of New Protein Linked To Breast Cancer

Researchers experimentally block the spread of a type of breast cancer. Jean-François Côté, a researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, studies metastasis, the leading cause of cancer-related death. Recently, his team uncovered a protein that, once deactivated, could prevent …

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Soy: Anti-Cancer Boon or Bust?

Soyfoods like edamame, miso, soymilk, and soy yogurt have gone mainstream, except for women with breast cancer. They’re often told to avoid soy because it can interfere with anti-estrogen treatment. But new research out of Georgetown University Medical Center may change this way of thinking when it comes to anti-cancer …

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Breast Cancer Linked To Bacterial Imbalances

In a recently published study, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered differences in the bacterial composition of breast tissue of healthy women vs. women with breast cancer. The research team has discovered for the first time that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methylobacterium, a finding which could …

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The Toxic Bottle: Alcoholism And Women

Alcoholism is set of behaviors that many consider a disease, and others consider a disorder. The American Medical Association considers alcoholism as a disease and supports a classification that includes both physical and mental components. The biological mechanisms that cause alcoholism are not well understood. Social environment, mental health, family …

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Many Women Misjudge How They’ll Feel After Mastectomy

Source: Yale Cancer Center Women who have one or both breasts removed to treat cancer may have unrealistic expectations about how they’ll feel after that surgery and after breast reconstruction, if they choose that option, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers surveyed 96 women with breast cancer before …

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Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations. Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of …

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Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, with overweight defined as a BMI of 25 or more. High BMI is associated with a number of health risks, including diabetes and heart disease. However, BMI is not considered as part of breast cancer screening guidelines. For …

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