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"Annette L. Stanton, Ph.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles, and colleagues randomly assigned 88 women diagnosed with breast cancer to participation in Project Connect Online or a waiting-list control group. The intervention consisted of a three-hour workshop to create a personal website and a follow-up call to encourage its use.
The researchers found that, six months later, women in the intervention group showed significant benefit in depressive symptoms, positive mood, and life appreciation compared with women in the control group. No benefit was observed in negative mood, perceived strengthened relationships, or intrusive thoughts. Among women participating in the online intervention, those who were currently undergoing treatment for cancer showed significantly greater benefit in depressive symptoms and positive mood than those not receiving treatment."
"Breast cancer survivors who have extensive surgery are four times more likely to develop arm lymphedema. According to a new study, the extensiveness of surgery to treat breast cancer proportionately increases the risk of developing the debilitating disorder.
According to the lead author, Tracey DiSipio, PhD, from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, women who had undergone an axillary lymph node dissection, which is an invasive surgery to remove lymph nodes under the arm, were four times more likely to experience swollen or disfigured arms compared with women who had received a sentinel lymph node biopsy."
"Although breast cancer is one of the most funded areas of cancer research, it is also one of the most confusing. It benefits from very high charitable donations, but suffers from overlapping research, over and underfunding of programs, uneven disbursement and duplicate research funded programs that do not interact or interface.
Approximately one third of all monies allocated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research go to breast cancer, with $631 billion dollars allocated in 2010 alone. The American Cancer Society commits close to 40 percent of its budget on breast cancer, $391 million dollars between 1992 and 2010, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has donated $700 million and the Susan Komen for the Cure has donated $420 million.
Many other programs also provide funding, raising the annual breast cancer budget to about one billion dollars annually. Despite this huge investment, however, 59,000 women will die from breast cancer in North America alone this year.
Without a central database to track research projects, there is a large overlap of research. The different researchers do not communicate, and may not even be aware a duplicate study is taking place. Even if researchers are aware of similar programs, they are likely to remain silent in an effort to preserve their own programs rather than speak up and allocate monies to different research projects.
Research facilities linked with pharmaceutical companies search for a cure they can sell. They jealously guard their programs and their research until they have developed their product. Curative medications and new treatment medications are a source of perpetual income, and discovering that treatment is the goal.
Many researchers speculate that the cosmetics women use may contribute to cancer development.
Many lipsticks, make-up, hair products, skin creams and other beauty products contain carcinogens, and what goes on the skin goes in the bloodstream. Most women use 12 personal care products daily which contain dozens of chemicals. Interestingly, many of the companies that produce these products promote programs to fight breast cancer."
Omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolite products may be effective at blocking the growth of cancers – and could be especially effective at inhibiting growth of triple-negative breast cancer tumours, say researchers.
Natalie Palmer's insight:
Nutrition is an important and often overlooked factor in cancer prevention. Thomas Pogash of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, USA and his team found that Omega 3's reduced proliferation of cancer cell growth by 90% in triple-negative breast cancer tumors.
"Lori Jasperse Redmer's eight months as executive director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation may have been short, but her impact was far-reaching.
Lori Jasperse Redmer of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation died Aug. 17.
She created and planned the first Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day that raised $227,000 in March and increased public awareness of this aggressive form of breast cancer. Redmer also overhauled the foundation's website, launched a webcast series focusing on patients and secured new donors.
And she did all of this while battling the very disease she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight.
Redmer, 46, died Aug. 17, more than three years after she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for 15 percent to 20 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S., according to the foundation. It is a fast-growing cancer that is more likely to recur and spread to other organs than other types of breast cancer. Treatment options are limited.
The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast cancer or how to prevent it. The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes. Periodically, we will send you questionnaires about anything and everything. All you have to do is fill them out online. It’s that simple. This is a partnership and we need you for the long haul. The more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer.
How a cheap and simple idea is empowering millions and improving food security in developing countries...
Could global food security be achieved by growing tomatoes up a wall and pumpkins on a rooftop? It sounds unlikely, but food security isn't just about full stomachs. Adequate nutrition is also crucial, and helping women in particular to run productive home gardens could save millions of lives in developing countries.
...Homestead gardens have not only increased access to vegetable and fruits, but have also provided participating women with income from selling surplus produce. [In Bangladesh] ...a sample of 1,614 families taking part in FSUP showed that between December 2012 and March 2013, households produced an average of 53kg of vegetables and fruits, consuming on average 36kg and selling on average 18kg.
..."Fruits and vegetables and small animal husbandary gets short shrift in ministries of agriculture, so we need to promote the fact that you can produce a lot of highly nutritious crops this way that will help address the chronic problem of undernutrition."
"Specifically, 52 percent of patients with advanced breast cancer received clinical benefit - meaning their disease was controlled for a longer time - when their cancer was treated based on addressing the abnormal proteins in their tumor, according to the study conducted at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership of Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen.
Each patient's treatment was "personalized," meaning that the therapy they received was based on their individual tumor biology.
All of the patients in the recent study had advanced breast cancer that had progressed following multiple previous chemotherapy treatments. Of the 25 patients, 13 received clinical benefit as a result of molecular profiling. For all 25 patients, the therapy selected based on their tumor analysis was different than what they would have received in their next planned treatment, if they had not participated in the study."
An Australian public health expert has made a controversial warning about the downside of breast cancer screening, saying it is up to five times more likely to result in a false alarm for a woman than save her life.
"A team of surgeons and members of the breast cancer program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is conducting a two-year pilot study of an innovative microsurgery technique coupled with imaging technology to not only prevent lymphedema but also potentially detect and treat it early.
Lymphedema, the accumulation of lymph fluid in the arm and painful swelling due to blocked lymph drainage, occurs in up to 13 percent of breast cancer patients after sentinel node biopsy and external-beam radiation, increasing to 40 percent following complete axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and radiation."
Lymph node metastases are more common in breast cancers with mutations in a cellular signaling pathway associated with growth, according to a study published online July 24 in JAMA Surgery.
Cory A. Donovan, MD, from the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and colleagues analyzed 30 invasive ductal breast cancers (stages IA through IIIB) for mutations in the AKT1, HRAS, and PIK3CA genes in breast cancer stem and progenitor cells and their association with various demographic and clinical factors.
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