Better breast cancer approaches

Vitamin D and cancer

High levels of vitamin D have been related to lower levels of breast cancer, report scientists from the University of California San Diego. Expanding on epidemiological studies relating higher cancer levels in individuals with vitamin D deficiency,  the current study published in PLOS One utilized data from two randomized  and one prospective clinical trials. Postmenopausal women… Read more


Chemotherapy not necessary for most early-stage breast cancer patients

Results of the TAILORx clinical study may change the treatment recommendations for women with early-stage breast cancer. A recent report indicated that for most women with an intermediate risk score resulting from the 21-gene expression test, there was no benefit of taking chemotherapy in addition to hormone therapy. Authors of the study, which is to be… Read more


Flu vaccine and erectile dysfunction drugs to treat cancer?

Researchers from Ottawa have found that a combination of a flu vaccine and erectile dysfunction drug was able to reduce the number of cancer metastases following tumor removal surgery in a mouse model. While surgery is an effective first step in removing cancerous tumors, the surgery can suppress the immune system – giving an advantage… Read more


Electronic nose sniffs out breast cancer

Scientists have recently developed methods to detect breast cancer by measuring a patient’s breath and urine. They used electronic nose gas sensors for breath, along with gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to quantify substances found in urine. These diagnostic methods are inexpensive and were found to have 95% accuracy. The new method may be particularly useful in… Read more


Simple treatment for chemotherapy pain

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy often suffer from side effects, including pain or numbness in the hands and feet (called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). Sometimes it is so severe that they delay or avoid chemotherapy treatment. A recently published prospective study highlighted the significant benefits of a simple solution: keeping the hands and feet cold during chemotherapy treatment…. Read more


Underutilized nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids

Most women have heard about uterine fibroids – benign tumors that affect 70-80% of women at some point in their lives. However, very few women are aware that they can be removed without surgery. The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). A recent survey conducted by the Society of Interventional Radiology reported that 44% of… Read more


Link between Alzheimer’s disease and male hormones

Cognitive dysfunction, including Alzheimer’s disease, has been related to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Scientists from Stanford reported that men who were undergoing ADT to treat prostate cancer had significantly increased risk of developing dementia (published in JAMA Oncology). ADT is a common treatment for prostate cancer because the cancer cells usually require androgens, like testosterone,… Read more


Better breast cancer screening? iBreast Exam is here

A new product aims to make breast cancer screening available to everyone – even women in low resource settings. The World Health Organization estimates that breast cancer survival rates are below 40% in low-income countries, while it is over 80% in N. America, Sweden and Japan. The difference is due to lack of early detection… Read more


Hormone therapy for postmenopausal women

Evidence is mounting that hormone therapy (HT) after menopause is not associated with increased risks, despite earlier concerns. A recent meta-analysis of a number of studies that is being presented at the Endocrine Society’s meeting in San Diego found no statistically significant relationship between HT and death due to any reason, or death due to… Read more