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When cancer comes early: Young women with breast cancer have more late-stage illness, lower survival rates

When cancer comes early: Young women with breast cancer have more late-stage illness, lower survival rates | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Katherine Warrick was 31 when she was blindsided by an aggressive form of breast cancer. Like many young adults, she simply had no time for it: She was a newlywed, finishing her first year of graduate school and working full time as a social worker.
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According to the article young women have lower survival rates than older women." Those in their 40s have the best survival - so something is going on with the very young that we're trying to sort out.

In fact, the discrepancy in survival between younger and older women has become worse over the past 25 years, according to federal data. One possible explanation is that most of therapeutic efforts have targeted middle-aged and older women, and not young women whose cancers may require a different treatment approach."



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Beating Cancer: The Real Life Battle for Patients and Their Loved Ones

Beating Cancer: The Real Life Battle for Patients and Their Loved Ones | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Community,news,cure,cure today, cure magazine
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It's time the real facts of Metastatic breast cancer come out. Great article!
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New strides in metastatic breast cancer research give patients hope

New strides in metastatic breast cancer research give patients hope | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Metastatic breast cancer kills around 40,000 women (and men) a year, but a handful of MBC patients who visited Fred Hutch recently say they're more encouraged than ever. Find out why.
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Check out this great article and Beth Caldwell's input. It also speaks about the #MBCProject

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ANGLE device able to track spread of breast cancer

ANGLE device able to track spread of breast cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"The American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting will be told Partsortix performed well in a head-to-head trial with the current method of assessing for cancer spread – painful and invasive surgery to cut out a sliver of affected tissue.

Metastasis is responsible for the vast majority of breast cancer deaths and treatment tends to be based on the biology of the initial tumour biology; however, it is known the cancer changes characteristics as it seeds around the body, so guidelines now state that sample tissue is taken from an area where the cancer has spread, so the drug regimen can be altered.

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Looking forward to more information coming out of @AACR16

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#Cancer: Researchers Are Conducting Huge Studies Using Twitter, Facebook

#Cancer: Researchers Are Conducting Huge Studies Using Twitter, Facebook | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Nearly 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, with about 1.7 million of those cases expected in 2016 in the United States (according to the National Cancer Institute). These patients are hoping for better treatments and, hopefully someday, cures. They could also be valuable resources, helping experts develop better therapies, if only staff at research centers like Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston could study their unique cases. Even patients with the same diagnosis, such as breast cancer, have different genetic makeups, both in their healthy cells and in their tumors. These differences provide clues to new genetic factors that may cause the disease, why some patients respond especially well to certain treatments, why some tumors are so resistant to treatment, and how people of different ages or ethnicities are affected.

There's a large community of people, but they are spread out. So Broad Institute/Dana-Farber Integrative Cancer Biology Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, formed the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project to find a long tail solution: Find people on the Internet. "The traditional way is that when a patient is at [a research] institution, someone will approach them and ask them in person," says Wagle. "We're trying to complement that by doing this 21st century, go directly to patients." That strategy has already netted about 1,700 people (both women and men) with metastatic breast cancer—cancer that has spread beyond the breast, threatening other parts of the body. Wagle says that 95% of them have provided some information about their condition, and that more than 900 have agreed to share medical records, tumor samples, and saliva (for genetic sequencing)."

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Great article about the incredible work being done at the Broad Institute/Dana Farber Integrative Cancer Biology Project formed to conduct groudbreaking research of Metastatic Breast Cancer by going directly to patients.To learn more go to their web site at:  https://www.mbcproject.org/

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U.S. CANCER CARE SYSTEM
ILL-EQUIPPED TO DELIVER
NEW ADVANCES TO PATIENTS

U.S. CANCER CARE SYSTEM<br/>ILL-EQUIPPED TO DELIVER<br/>NEW ADVANCES TO PATIENTS | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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Disturbing cancer care evalutated by @ASCO.

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Ten Huge Drug Rip-Offs—And Big Pharma's Infuriating Campaign to Keep on Price-Gouging

Ten Huge Drug Rip-Offs—And Big Pharma's Infuriating Campaign to Keep on Price-Gouging | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
When did you become aware of the obscene prices the pharmaceutical industry is charging for drugs? For many it was when a smirking Martin Shkreli, founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, testified on the Hill in February about his price hike of the antiparasitic drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, after w
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Great article by Martha Rosenberg, exposing pharmaceutical companies gouging prices for drugs.

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Woman's breast cancer warning sign photo goes viral

Woman's breast cancer warning sign photo goes viral | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A woman's very personal photo of an unusual sign of breast cancer went viral and she hopes many more get the important message.
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An ultrasound determined Armstrong's tumor was located far inside her breast, close to her pectoral muscle. Her posted photo shows that breast doesn't always look the same. 

"The reality is breast cancer can present in some very unusual ways," Dr. Deanna Attai, the president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, said.

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My Turn: Biosimilar drugs are intriguing, but we need full disclosure

My Turn: Biosimilar drugs are intriguing, but we need full disclosure | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Biosimilar drugs can lower costs for patients - but doctors need to know when they've been administered. That's where Arizona lawmakers come in.
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Men with breast cancer being failed as they are 'treated like women'

Men with breast cancer being failed as they are 'treated like women' | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

First major investigation into male breast cancer reveals significant
differences in biology of disease, despite same treatments for men and women.

"Men with breast cancer are being failed because they are being “treated like women”, experts have warned. 

Breast cancer is usually thought of as a woman’s disease – but nearly 400 men receive a diagnosis in the UK each year. 

Until now, doctors have assumed that the biology of the disease is the same, and that the same treatments should be meted out. But the first major investigation into male breast cancer has revealed significant differences.""

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The article looks at men from nine countries with breast cancer and expose that they are being failed because they are being “treated like women”, experts have warned. 

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Cynvenio Honors Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day with Clinical Trial 

Cynvenio Honors Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day with Clinical Trial  | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc., a diagnostics company dedicated to enabling the new era of individualized medicine for all cancer patients, today will honor Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day by launching a clinical trial for women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) using the company’s non-invasive liquid biopsy technology to monitor participants and identify early signs of metastasis. An event for breast cancer advocates, including women with the disease and those enrolling in the trial, will take place this morning in Beverly Hills at the Pink Lotus Breast Center - the first site to participate in the nationwide study."

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This is a trial that uses a "liquid biopsy" to predict early signs of metastasis.especially for the hard to predict and deadly Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC).  For more information about TNBC go to: http://www.tnbcfoundation.org. For more information about the trial go to: https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02639832

 

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The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of the Year

The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of the Year | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of the best metastatic breast cancer blogs of the year.
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Check out these great metastatic breast cancer blogs! 

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Cancer Patients Face Discrimination At Work

Cancer Patients Face Discrimination At Work | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Almost half of people in work diagnosed with the disease are not told they can work flexibly, a leading cancer charity says.
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This is happening too often all over the world. 

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Kerry Winslet's curator insight, March 5, 1:24 AM

This is happening too often all over the world. 

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New test spots most deadly forms of breast cancer BEFORE they spread

New test spots most deadly forms of breast cancer BEFORE they spread | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London have developed a new test that was able to determine those women at the highest risk of dying from their disease.
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Study published here: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001961


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Marisol Espinoza's curator insight, February 21, 11:50 PM

I picked this article to read about because breast cancer, well really any cancer related topic sparks up my interest, but this one had an effect on me. When I was little my mom had breast cancer and even though I vaguely remember her being sick, it still effects me that such a wonderful woman could go through something so traumatic.  So when I found this article about test s that could spot forming of breast cancer before they spread. Interesting enough while I was reading I was reading things I already knew. for example they had a video for us to watch as well and they said tests that you could do is self examination and if you find something abnormal go to your doctor, but what if you have no symptoms or no abnormal things about your breasts? And even some women don't even get symptoms and they go to their doctor for a normal check up and next thing they are told they have breast cancer. So for this article to say there are new tests that can be made before it starts to spread was very disappointing to read things I already knew about and nothing that seemed relatively new tests.

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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Saying that Sci-Hub is about copyright infringement is like saying the Boston Tea Party was about late-night vandalism.
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What I Said to the Largest Convening of Cancer Researchers in the Country Yesterday:

What I Said to the Largest Convening of Cancer Researchers in the Country Yesterday: | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Thank you. Thank you very, very much. You’re extremely gracious and generous.
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Here's a link to @VP Biden speaking about the #moonshot #cancer program. It's very important to stay involved as he spells out the key points in this speech. We must make sure treatment and reserach for Stage IV is part of the molding of this project. This approach can lead to a help real cure for all stages and end deaths from this horrible disease.

This program is for all parties to be involved- so this is not a political statement.

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Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Discover Liver Metastases have Different Radiation Sensitivities Based on Primary Tumor Histology

Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Discover Liver Metastases have Different Radiation Sensitivities Based on Primary Tumor Histology | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Radiation is a commonly used therapeutic option to treat liver metastases, with the majority of tumors maintained under control after one year. However, some patients do not respond as well to radiation treatment, and the factors that predict patient outcomes are unclear. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers report that liver metastases have different sensitivities to radiation therapy based on the location of the primary tumor. 

Previously, Moffitt researchers developed a radiosensitivity index (RSI) that predicts how well tumors respond to radiation therapy based on the expression of 10 different genes. 

“The radiosensitivity index is the most studied and validated radiation specific signature currently available,” said Javier Torres-Roca, M.D., associate member and director of research in Moffitt’s Department of Radiation Oncology. “It is an important step towards gaining a better understanding of radiation sensitivity and developing a personalized approach to radiation treatment.” 

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To see the original study go to: http://www.redjournal.org/article/S0360-3016%2816%2930040-2/abstract

 

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"State of Cancer Care in America: 2016" Report Finds Unprecedented Opportunity Amid Profound Turbulence

"State of Cancer Care in America: 2016" Report Finds Unprecedented Opportunity Amid Profound Turbulence | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
This year’s report clearly shows that strengthening the delivery system for cancer care has to be pursued just as aggressively as its research agenda.
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There are many problems with the State of Cancer in the USA. This article explains a lot of the report. To see the full report go to: http://jop.ascopubs.org/content/early/2016/03/17/JOP.2015.010462.full.pdf+html

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Will Changes in Medicare Part B Drug Prescribing Cut Costs?

Will Changes in Medicare Part B Drug Prescribing Cut Costs? | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
CMS announced last week that new healthcare payment models would be utilized in Medicare Part B drug prescribing practices.
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Terminally ill campaigner fighting for right to work

Terminally ill campaigner fighting for right to work | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Jacci Woodcock was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with breast cancer and is fighting to change the law
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This is unacceptable and unfortunately happens in other countries besides the UK. Terminally ill patients including cancer patients who are able to work should not be discriminated against.
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Bankruptcy: The Other Cost of Cancer

Bankruptcy: The Other Cost of Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The high cost of cancer can include financial stress. What happens to people who declare bankruptcy? Should physicians discuss costs of cancer treatment?
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The mental trauma of severe disease - LMU Munich

The mental trauma of severe disease - LMU Munich | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

The majority of women suffering from breast cancer develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress in the months following receipt of the diagnosis. The latest results of the Cognicares study, led by Dr. Kerstin Hermelink of the Breast Cancer Center in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the LMU Medical Center, show that such symptoms can still be detected a year after patients have been informed of their condition. The new findings appear in the journal Psycho-Oncology.

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Many of us have talked about PTSD and Breast Cancer. Check out the original study at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.4102/abstract

 

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Adjuvant Denosunab To prevent Fractures and Breast Cancer Recurrence

Adjuvant Denosunab To prevent Fractures and Breast Cancer Recurrence | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

The ABCSG-18 trial demonstrates that every breast cancer patient being offered adjuvant aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy should be offered denosumab as well. There are 2 issues involved, either of which would mandate a discussion of using denosumab: One is prevention of fractures not related to cancer, and the other is the prevention of breast cancer relapse.

ABCSG-18 is a large prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 3,420 women, mostly in Austria. Characteristics of the study participants are listed in Table 1. Women receiving adjuvant non-steroidal AI daily for 5 years were assigned to receive either placebo or 60 mg of subcutaneous denosumab (Prolia, Amgen) every 6 months. Median follow-up for the fracture analysis was 38 months, and for the disease-free survival (DFS) analysis presented at SABCS in December 2015, about 45 months.

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This study looks at using denosumab for prevention of fractures not related to cancer, and  prevention of breast cancer relapse.

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Study: $3B will be wasted on unused portion of cancer drugs

Study: $3B will be wasted on unused portion of cancer drugs | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — High prices for cancer medicines aren't the only reason they cost insurers and patients so much.Waste pads the bill, a study finds, because infused cancer drugs are distributed in the U.S. in vials that usually contain more...
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Broad Institute joins White House Precision Medicine Summit with researchers, initiatives to drive health research forward

Broad Institute joins White House Precision Medicine Summit with researchers, initiatives to drive health research forward | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

Leah Eisenstadt Broad Communications Lisa Girard Broad Communications Paul Goldsmith Broad Communications Veronica Meade-Kelly Broad Communications Angela Page Broad Communications

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Great work going on at The Broad Institute thanks to the great work of The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project. 

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Appropriate Duration of Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer

Appropriate Duration of Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The panelists, Adam M. Brufsky, MD; Hope S. Rugo, MD; Sara A. Hurvitz, MD; and Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD, review methods that help determine the appropriate duration of endocrine therapy for individuals with breast cancer.
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Fascinating discussion of oncologists related to the question of continued endocrine therapy (5-10 years?) for individuals with hormone positive breast cancer. 

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