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Breast cancer operations scandal

Breast cancer operations scandal | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"Almost 1,100 women may be at risk due to botched treatment allegedly carried out on them by an NHS surgeon.

Dozens of women have already had further treatment after Ian Paterson left small amounts of breast tissue around the cleavage of some of his patients - with the intention of giving them a ‘better cosmetic result’.

The scandal is amounting to one of the most expensive for the health service as it faces a multi-million pound legal bill.

Around 700 women were believed to have been affected when the surgeon was stopped from operating in July 2011.

But it emerged today that a total of 1,079 former patients of Mr Paterson were investigated by the hospital amid fears that he could have carried out more 'cleavage sparing' procedures and put more women at risk.

The former consultant of Solihull Hospital in the West Midlands, who also worked privately in the West Midlands, is currently under investigation by medical regulators and the police.

Mr Paterson is alleged to have breached national guidelines, which state that leaving tissue after a mastectomy increases the chances of cancer recurring.

Every surviving woman who was operated on by Mr Paterson between 1994 and 2011 has been warned they need to be re-examined for cancer.

One legal firm alone is dealing with the cases of 400 women who were treated by Mr Paterson, according to The Sunday Telegraph."



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We scooped this story in the Breast Cancer News when Ian Paterson was first being investigated in the UK. He is accused of botching breast cancer surgeries for over 1000 women. What a nightmare! A summary of the main points of the story includes:

  • Consultant Ian Paterson's carried out incomplete breast cancer surgery
  • NHS faces multi-million pound legal bill for treatment between 1994 and 2001
  • Several cases been settled out-of-court with biggest payout at £150,000
  • Mr Paterson currently under investigation by police and medical
  • Ian Kennedy report set to condemn NHS managers for not acting sooner




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Understanding genetic variations in black women could improve cancer outcomes

Understanding genetic variations in black women could improve cancer outcomes | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Although the odds of developing breast cancer are nearly identical for black and white women, black women are 42 percent more likely to die from the disease. This mortality gap—driven by social and environmental, as well as biological factors—continues to persist.
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Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients

Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Doctors and drug developers have a stake in making cancer treatments seem better than they really are.
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Here is another excellent article by Liz Szabo explaining the hype that goes with cancer while drug companies continue to profit by spending on advertising commercials.

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The most common cause of cancer? Simple bad luck

The most common cause of cancer? Simple bad luck | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Despite the belief cancer is usually inherited or triggered by lifestyles, two thirds of cases can be put down to DNA errors, experts from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center claim.
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While this article lacks scientific sources, the headline and information are true! Many people with healthy lifestyles get cancer.

It would be nice to have more investigation and studies presented to the public, because there are many cancer patients who got the disease with healthy lifestyles. 

The point is no matter what stage and/or type of cancer, there are so many factors to what caused the disease and possible outcomes.

It's time people understood that cancer is a genetic disease, and at all stages blaming a patient for their disease no matter what life style, needs to stop. 

Also within the cancer community, the war of the stages and types needs to stop. 

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Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-Per-Day Drugs

Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-Per-Day Drugs | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
As it readies for battle with President Trump over drug prices, the pharmaceutical industry is deploying economists and health care experts from the nation’s top universities. In scholarly articles, blogs and conferences, they lend their prestige to the lobbying blitz, without always disclosing thei
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This article is long but well worth reading. It makes one wonder why the pharmaceutical industry practices in the US has never been part of the conversation of how we can improve the Affordable Care Act. 

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Revolutionary Israeli device can eliminate need for follow-up breast cancer surgery

Revolutionary Israeli device can eliminate need for follow-up breast cancer surgery | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
MarginProbe, which checks tumor's edges while lumpectomy patient is still on operating table, is already in use in over 100 US hospitals
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While the article is overpraising the device as eliminating the need for follow up surgery since no device can ever predict that, it still is a great new tool. 

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Enzymes' Role in Breast Cancers That Are Estrogen Receptor-positive ID'd

Enzymes' Role in Breast Cancers That Are Estrogen Receptor-positive ID'd | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
In a study, scientists identified the enzymes LATS1 and LATS2 as key in the development and treatment of estrogen receptor-positive breast 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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What a terrible cancer scam rip off!
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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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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/ 

Irina Bcra's curator insight, April 25, 8:30 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.
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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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Patient advocacy groups raking in pharmaceutical dollars

Patient advocacy groups raking in pharmaceutical dollars | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new study shows that 83% of the largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from drug, medical device or biotech firms.
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There are many reasons why patient advocate organizations need money. We have never taken any from money from drug companies because we are trying to advocate for change in the industry especially for drug advertising money. There's no judgement, because without pharmaceutical money we have less ability to raise funds. 

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Sheryl Crow hawks 3D mammograms with fear and false hope

Sheryl Crow hawks 3D mammograms with fear and false hope | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Sheryl Crow is promoting a specific brand of breast cancer screening device with simplistic slogans and trumped-up statistics. That's not ok.
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Gary's article tells the reality. What Sheryl is doing is wrong.
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As Drug Costs Soar, People Delay Or Skip Cancer Treatments

As Drug Costs Soar, People Delay Or Skip Cancer Treatments | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Cancer patients increasingly delay or skip taking medication because they can't afford it. New drugs that can cost $100,000 or more a year mean more people suffering "financial toxicity."
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This is so upsetting. The cost of drugs is out of control. 

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This Lingerie Brand Cast Breast Cancer Survivors for Its NYFW Runway

This Lingerie Brand Cast Breast Cancer Survivors for Its NYFW Runway | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Lingerie and loungewear label AnaOno, which caters to breast cancer survivors, showcased the beauty and strength of its clientele on its Spring 2017 runway.
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So proud of the AnaOno lingerie and loungewear label strutting their stuff on the NYFW Runway catering to breast cancer survivors! 

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Creates Healthcare Newsroom To Provide Policy Updates

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Creates Healthcare Newsroom To Provide Policy Updates | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --�To help people affected by breast cancer understand and prepare for changes to healthcare insurance policies that might affect them, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has created a
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Check out the great work being done at Living Beyond Breast Cancer 

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Drug trials funded by big pharmas could be biased

Drug trials funded by big pharmas could be biased | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Experts, from the University of California San Francisco, found in 58 per cent of trials the lead investigator had at least some degree of financial tie to the firm that made the drug being tested.
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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/ 

Irina Bcra's curator insight, April 25, 8:29 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.
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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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