"A process that normally occurs in developing embryos—the changing of one basic cell type into another—has also been suspected of playing a role in cancer metastasis. Now a study from HMS researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center has associated this process, called the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, or EMT, with disease progression and treatment response in breast cancer patients. The report also identifies underlying mechanisms that someday may become therapeutic targets."
You may have heard a lot recently about how a chemical that is formed from cooking meat is carcinogenic (cancer-causing), but recent studies show that the scope of what's bad for you in terms of meat is actually expanding.
"Background Phase III randomized, clinical trials (RCTs) assess clinically important differences in end points that reflect benefit to patients. Here, we evaluate the quality of reporting of the primary end point (PE) and of toxicity in RCTs for breast cancer. "
Susan Zager's insight:
This study came out a month ago but I think it's important to show the abstract from the article I published before and remind us about the topic.
This morning, executives at Victoria's Secret took a meeting with Allana Maiden, whose online petition calling on the lingerie retailer to develop a line of bras for breast cancer survivors with mastectomies quickly amassed over 119,000 signatures.
From a single cell gone bad, cancer evolves into an increasingly complex tumor built of a variety of normal cells and diverse malignant cells, some of which escape to create dangerous colonies in other organs, further jumbling the treatment picture.
The spread of breast cancer to distant organs within the body, an event that often leads to death, appears in many cases to involve the loss of a key protein, according to researchers, whose new discoveries point to possible targets for therapy.
Differences in the stiffness of cancerous versus healthy tissue may aid in diagnosis and therapy, researchers say. The work will be presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society (BPS), held Feb.
Daughter of breast cancer survivor realized how hard it was for her mother to find specialty bras
Susan Zager's insight:
I think Allana, the daughter, means well by asking VS to make bras for women who have had breast cancer. At the same time Allana has never had breast cancer or MBC and Victoria's Secret may not be the right company for women who have had breast surgery for breast cancer as VS uses sex to sell bras. Here's an example of someone who's intentions I believe with breast cancer were good but she really doesn't know much about breast cancer. What do you think?
Study evaluates the link between sedentary time and death among cancer survivors. Spending a lot of time watching television after breast cancer diagnosis is not linked to death in these breast cancer survivors.
Susan Zager's insight:
I can't believe this article is in "Science Daily". It's a pretty weak study and probably junk, but I included the article to show that it's amazing how much junk science there is when there are reports about breast cancer. Usually this publication has much better articles.
"Research Project: The goal of this research is to determine the efficacy of a novel drug therapy for HER2+ and Triple Negative (TN) breast cancers that have metastasized to the brain and to establish its potential for use in clinical trials."
"After her diagnosis of hormone-negative breast cancer, health journalist Prijatel did what any reporter would do: start investigating the disease, how it occurs, how it's treated, and how to keep it from recurring. "
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