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Supreme Court decision to affect breast cancer testing

Supreme Court decision to affect breast cancer testing | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision as early as Thursday that will affect the affordability of a key genetic test for breast cancer susceptibility.

The decision, in a lawsuit over a Utah-based company's patents on genetic material, is expected just as a new study suggests that the inherited mutations the test identifies are common in African-American women, an often understudied population that is disproportionately affected by breast cancer.

And the decision could well affect black women in the Milwaukee area, where officials at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are producing a documentary that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer risk and treatment among low-income or underinsured African-American women."

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The article points out that there are financial barriers because of the test - it can cost over $3000 - and given that African-American women are more likely to carry a gene mutation, it's difficult to get the data for this because Myriad holds all of the data as well as the patent on the genetic BRCA1 abd BRCA2 mutations for breast and ovarian cancer.


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The article points out that there are financial barriers because of the test - it can cost over $3000 - and given that African-American women are more likely to carry a gene mutation, it's difficult to get the data for this because Myriad holds all of the data as well as the patent on the genetic BRCA1 abd BRCA2 mutations for breast and ovarian cancer.

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Do Screening Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths Or Lead To Overtreatment? Probably Both

Do Screening Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths Or Lead To Overtreatment? Probably Both | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new study of Danish women suggests that screening mammography detects many tumors that might not have ever harmed women.
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So the debate continues about mammograms. This article looks at both sides of the issue,. Rita Rubin writes about the factors where screening could be ineffective, yet recognizing that the biggest problem is that they still don't know which tumors are going to spread. The article also recognizes the metastatic breast cancer problem as the deaths just keep coming.. With MBC we have to do better. 

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Beware of Predatory Cancer Testing Companies

Beware of Predatory Cancer Testing Companies | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Tumor Evolution in Two Patients with Basal-like Breast Cancer: A Retrospective Genomics Study of Multiple Metastases

Tumor Evolution in Two Patients with Basal-like Breast Cancer: A Retrospective Genomics Study of Multiple Metastases | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Charles Perou and colleagues report on somatic mutations in primary tumors and metastases from two patients with basal-like breast cancer.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:37 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Trend No. 1 — Cancer MoonShot

Trend No. 1 — Cancer MoonShot | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
This historic collaborative initiative aims to accelerate the potential of immunotherapy as the next generation standard of care for cancer.
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Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics

Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Despite considerable investment and innovation, chemotherapy drugs have had little effect on survival in adults with metastatic cancer.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:38 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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‘Bald Ballerina’ Keeps Dancing Through a Double Mastectomy and Treatment for Terminal Breast Cancer

‘Bald Ballerina’ Keeps Dancing Through a Double Mastectomy and Treatment for Terminal Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
“ Maggie Kudirka was just 22 and a ballerina with the Joffrey company when she discovered a lump that turned out to be terminal breast cancer”
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:38 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Breast Cancer Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies Report 2012-2021 - Research and Markets

Breast Cancer Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies Report 2012-2021 - Research and Markets | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Breast Cancer Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016" report to their offering.

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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:39 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Breast Cancer's Complexity Pushes Researchers to Look Beyond the Genome

Breast Cancer's Complexity Pushes Researchers to Look Beyond the Genome | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Although breast cancer research has helped chart the course for molecularly targeted therapies in oncology, next-generation sequencing technologies have revealed a disease so highly complex and heterogeneous that translating these findings into...
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Male survivors remind us that men get breast cancer, too

Male survivors remind us that men get breast cancer, too | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Newsflash – men have breast tissue, which means they can get breast cancer just like women.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 4:08 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/

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Androgen Receptor Antagonists Approach Primetime for Breast Cancer

Androgen Receptor Antagonists Approach Primetime for Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Existing data for androgen receptor (AR) antagonists are encouraging and anticipated future results could soon show a benefit for these agents in large populations of patients with breast cancer.
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The invisible cure. Should we be talking more about cancer surgery? – Cancerworld

The invisible cure. Should we be talking more about cancer surgery? – Cancerworld | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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Great article! 

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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 4:08 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/

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UCF Technology for Killing Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Discovered, Licensed

UCF Technology for Killing Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Discovered, Licensed | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
UCF Technology for Killing Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Discovered, Licensed - Read more about UCF Colleges & Campus News, Community, Health & Medicine, Student Life, Orlando and Central Florida news.
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While in early stages for clinical trials, this aspect of MBC research is another chance to really find away to stop mets from progressing and killing. 

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Fairfield Doctor Says Metastatic Breast Cancer Sufferers Need More Support

Fairfield Doctor Says Metastatic Breast Cancer Sufferers Need More Support | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, a neuropsychologist, experienced a "reversal of fortune" that changed everything.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 4:09 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/

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One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases

One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new breathalyzer can detect 17 different diseases, including pre-eclampsia and chronic kidney disease, from a single breath.
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To see the original study go to: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsnano.6b04930

 

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‘Miracle Patient’ Finds New Hope with Breast Cancer Vaccine

‘Miracle Patient’ Finds New Hope with Breast Cancer Vaccine | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
City of Hope patient Susan Young - diagnosed with late-stage triple negative breast cancer - has had a remarkable response to a revolutionary new treatment, a combination of the p53 cancer vaccine and a drug that blocks a specific cancer-aiding...
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This is truly remarkable. Hopefully it can help more people.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:37 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Methylation of Gene Panel May Help Predict Breast CA Survival --Doctors Lounge

Methylation of Gene Panel May Help Predict Breast CA Survival --Doctors Lounge | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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OncoCyte (OCX) Says Poster on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Test to Be Presented at SABCS

OncoCyte (OCX) Says Poster on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Test to Be Presented at SABCS | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
OncoCyte (OCX) Says Poster on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Test to Be Presented at SABCS
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Here's an example of liquid biopsy tests to be presented at SABCS.

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Take multiple biopsies in studies of personalised breast cancer treatments, study says

Take multiple biopsies in studies of personalised breast cancer treatments, study says | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Clinicians should take multiple biopsies from patients in clinical trials of targeted breast cancer drugs to avoid missing key mutations with important implications for treatment, new research has found. Genetic profiling of patients' tumours using biopsies has become more common in recent years, helping to drive personalised therapy and ensure that patients receive the treatments most likely to be effective for them.
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Survivorship: Follow-Up Care | The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation

Survivorship: Follow-Up Care | The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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Novartis breast cancer drug gets FDA fast track, takes on Pfizer

Novartis breast cancer drug gets FDA fast track, takes on Pfizer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave fast-track review status to Novartis's medication ribociclib in first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer as the Swiss company seeks to challenge Pfizer's Ibrance drug.

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Always wonder when there's a new drug like Novartis' ribocibib  competing with Pfizer's drug Ibrance , does it helps metastatic breast cancer patients by improving the drug? In this article, t's hard to tell. 

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The Case Against The Case Against Mammography

The Case Against The Case Against Mammography | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The overdiagnosis campaign reflects a lack of respect for women’s capacity to act rationally upon receiving an abnormal test result.
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Great Article by Elaine Schattner, putting a real analysis on the issue for patients. It's shocking they are making this report on mammography based on 2002 data.

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Crowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers

Crowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new project aims to gather molecular and genetic clues from metastatic breast cancer patients in hopes of finding new and better ways of treating patients
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Financial Toxicity and Cancer Treatment

Financial Toxicity and Cancer Treatment | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Expert-reviewed information summary about the risk of experiencing financial difficulty during cancer treatment.
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The difficulties of finances on top of side effects from treatments all causes issues for cancer patients. 

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How to Read Beyond the Headline: 9 Essential Questions to Evaluate Medical News

How to Read Beyond the Headline: 9 Essential Questions to Evaluate Medical News | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
How to Read Beyond the Headline: 9 Essential Questions to Evaluate Medical News Ben Goldacre writing in Bad Science classified science reporting as falling into
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Marie does an awesome break down explaining the important questions one should ask when reading any scientific article.
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Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.
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This article does a great job explaining the significance without hyping misleading headlines and value to the article. 

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