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Women well informed about breast cancer

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) As per a new GfK Roper Public Affairs survey sponsored by CancerCare, a national nonprofit cancer support organization, while the majority (76 percent) of women surveyed said they know at least a fair amount about breast cancer, a number of remain unaware of the important recent progress made in therapy. Fewer than one out of four (23 percent) women ages 50-65 have heard of new therapies for breast cancer, revealing a gap between awareness and information that women can use toward better therapy........

Gene profiling and resistance to Herceptin

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) Using gene chips to profile tumors before therapy, scientists at Harvard and Yale Universities found markers that identified breast cancer subtypes resistant to Herceptin, the primary therapy for HER2-positive breast cancer. They say this advance could help further refine treatment for the 25 to 30 percent of patients with breast cancer with this class of tumor........

International Trial Of Novel Breast Cancer Drug

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) A clinical trial of a new targeted breast cancer drug, led by physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, has begun enrolling patients. The TEACH (Tykerb Evaluation After CHemotherapy) trial will investigate the experimental drug Tykerb (lapatinib) in patients with early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer who have not been treated with Herceptin, another targeted drug used for the same type of tumor. The MGH is the lead institution for the international trial, which is being sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Tykerb........

Psychological Needs Of Breast Cancer Patients

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) Almost half of newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer are found to have clinically significant emotional distress or symptoms of psychiatric disorders before therapy is begun, as per a new study reported in the recent issue of CANCER, a peer-evaluated journal of the American Cancer Society. The study reveals that while virtually all of the women admitted to,experiencing some level of emotional distress, 47 percent met clinically significant screening criteria for emotional distress or a psychiatric disorder, including major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)........

How Multiple Copies Of A Gene Affect Metastasis?

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have for the first time described how multiple copies of a gene are responsible for metastases in early-stage breast cancer and poor prognosis for patients. As per a research findings published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the gene, called uPAR, offers a promising target for therapeutic drugs to stop or slow the progression of the disease and could serve as a screening tool for assessing which types of drugs a patient will respond to........

Women With Mental Disorders And Mammograms

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) Women with mental disorders are less likely to have screening mammograms than women without mental illness, although. the nature of the mental illness does play a role, as per a large study published by Indiana University School of Medicine and Richard Roudebush VA Health Services Center for Excellence scientists in the recent issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine. Previous to this study, little was known about whether the type or severity of mental illness influences receipt of preventive services such as mammograms........

Older Breast Cancer Patients May Be Under-treated

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) Elderly breast cancer patients who received care in a community hospital setting may have been under-diagnosed, under-staged and under-treated, as per a report in the recent issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The number of older patients with breast cancer has increased along with overall elderly population, as per background information in the article. About half of patients with breast cancer are older than 65 years and 35 percent are older than 70; 77 percent of breast cancer deaths occur in women older than 55. Choosing the appropriate therapy for older patients is a challenge, because a number of have other serious illnesses in addition to their cancer that may threaten their health and shorten their lives. Questions remain about the best screening protocols for elderly women, as well. Some current guidelines suggest that women stop having mammograms at age 70, while others provide no upper limit........

MRI Best To Detect Cancer Spread Into Breast Ducts

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) MRI is better than MDCT for determining if and how far breast cancer has spread into the breast ducts and should be used before patients receive breast conserving treatment, a new study shows. "Patients have a lower survival rate if their surgical margins are positive for tumor cells. A positive surgical margin is commonly the result of inadequate resection of the cancer's intraductal component," said Akiko Shimauchi, MD, at Tohoku University in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. "Accurate preoperative diagnosis of the intraductal component allows the surgeon to achieve a cancer-free surgical margin," she said........

Targeting Protein S14 In Breast Cancer Treatment

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) William Kinlaw, an associate professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, has been working on a protein called S14 since 1990. Over the past few months, however, the news about S14 has picked up. Through a series of recently published academic studies, Kinlaw and colleagues are ready to pronounce S14 a potential drug target in treating breast cancer........

"DES Daughters" And Risk Of Breast Cancer

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

(image) So-called "DES daughters," born to mothers who used the anti-miscarriage drug diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy, are at a substantially greater risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who were not exposed to the drug in utero. Reporting in the recent issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a nationwide team of researchers found that DES daughters over age 40 had 1.9 times the risk of developing breast cancer, compared to unexposed women of the same age. They also found that the relative risk of developing the cancer was even greater in DES daughters over age 50, but say the number of older women in their study group is, as yet, too small for a firm statistical comparison........

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Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

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Fenretinide Cuts The Risk Of Second Breast Cancers

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

A 15-year follow-up of women in a breast cancer trial has found that fenretinide[1] - a drug correlation to vitamin A - significantly cuts the risk of a second breast cancer among younger patients. The Italian research team reporting the findings on-line (Thursday 4 May) in Annals of Oncology[2], are sufficiently convinced of the drug's protective potential to call for a trial to test its use as a preventive in pre-menopausal healthy women at high risk of the disease. They are now seeking international partners and funding for such a trial........

Raloxifene as Effective as Tamoxifen in Preventing Breast Cancer

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

The largest North American breast cancer prevention trial, the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, or STAR trial, has compiled an initial analysis of study data and found the osteoporosis drug raloxifene works as well as tamoxifen in reducing breast cancer risk for postmenopausal women at increased risk of the disease. Both drugs reduced the risk of developing invasive breast cancer by about 50 percent........

Estrogen Alone HRT Does Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

New research is suggesting that estrogen may not be as bad it was thought in terms of breast cancer risk. Scientists have found that estrogen-alone hormone treatment does not increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. This result comes from an updated analysis of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Estrogen-Alone Trial........

Social Isolation Has Its Toll In Breast Cancer

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:43:46 GMT

A new research has found that women who have few close friends or family members at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis are more likely to die from breast cancer compared to those who have better social support structure. Study author Dr. Candyce H. Kroenke, of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco says that social support is very important in breast cancer. Social isolation can lead to a limitation of access to health care, and can lead to inadequate care and may affect the breast cancer outcome........