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Better Marker for Breast Cancer May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries

October 5, 2010
by Vicki Tashman, Founder

A new material could help surgeons more accurately locate breast cancers, reduce the need for second surgeries and minimize pre-surgical discomfort for patients. Microscopic gas-filled spheres of silica, a porous glass, can mark the location of early-stage tumors to show their position using ultrasound imaging in the operating room.


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Nicotine Binding to Receptor Linked to Breast Cancer Cell Growth

September 16, 2010
by Vicki Tashman, Founder

When nicotine binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR), it is known to promote smoking addiction and may also directly promote the development of breast cancer, according to a study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

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Risk-Reducing Surgery in BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation Carriers

September 14, 2010
by Stephen Kandel, Breast Cancer Advocate

Well, here I am, again, writing about BRCA....why?, some may say....well if you have tested BRCA negative the only reason might be that it may be useful information to tuck away if someone you know is BRCA+.
For those here who are BRCA+, their family members and for those who have not had tested, but perhaps should, the information is important.

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Using Nanoparticles to Zap Tumors

August 4, 2010
by Vicki Tashman, Founder

A group of researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is developing a way to treat cancer by using lasers to light up tiny nanoparticles and destroy tumors with the ensuing heat.

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Breast Cancer Metastasis Increases After Progestin Hormone Therapies

June 6, 2010
by Vicki Tashman, Founder

After menopause, 6 to 10 million women take hormone therapies, which are often a combination of estrogen and progestin, to replace hormones lost from inactive ovaries. Progestin is a hormone that is used to counteract the potentially negative effects of estrogen therapy on the uterus. In studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, evidence has been found that estrogen and progestin in hormone therapies increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Now, a University of Missouri study has found that progestins can also increase the chance of the cancer metastasizing, or spreading to the lymph nodes.


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Broccoli Component Limits Breast Cancer Stem Cells

June 6, 2010
by Vicki Tashman, Founder

A compound derived from broccoli could help prevent or treat breast cancer by targeting cancer stem cells - the small number of cells that fuel a tumor's growth - according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.


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