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‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

Two new “breakthrough” drugs have been approved, giving new hope to women with previously untreatable breast cancer. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given the go-ahead for palbociclib and ribociclib to be used on the NHS in England. Palbociclib had previously been refused because its cost was judged to be too […]

Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells

Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells

Engineering an immune cell to recognize and kill a cancer cell is the key to chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, but modified immune cells also have the potential to cause problems for patients. One such complication, cytokine release syndrome, is an overreaction of the immune system that can cause symptoms as mild as a fever […]

Infertility in women could be sign of increased cancer risk, study finds

Infertility in women could be sign of increased cancer risk, study finds

Failure to have a baby could be a sign of fundamental ill health in women and indicate a greater risk of early death, according to a major new study. In the first analysis of its kind, researchers discovered infertile women have a 10 per cent higher chance of dying prematurely than those able to conceive […]

How obesity promotes breast cancer

How obesity promotes breast cancer

Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream which impact the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. Scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München (TUM), and Heidelberg University Hospital report on this in Cell Metabolism. The team has already been able to halt this mechanism with an […]

Women who dye their hair ‘are at greater risk of breast cancer’

Women who dye their hair ‘are at greater risk of breast cancer’

People shouldn’t dye their hair more than six times a year if they want to avoid cancer, a surgeon has claimed. Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast surgeon from Princess Grace Hospital in central London, claims that women who colour their hair are 14% more likely to develop breast cancer. Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast surgeon […]

Good News, Bad News on Breast Cancer Survival Rate

Good News, Bad News on Breast Cancer Survival Rate

More women are surviving breast cancer, but more than 40,000 will still die from the disease this year. Living with it hasn’t gotten much easier, either.Early detection and better treatments helped prevent 322,000 breast cancer deaths between 1989 and 2015. A new American Cancer Society (ACS) report shows that the breast cancer death rate decreased by 39 […]

40% of Cancers Are Linked to Being Overweight

40% of Cancers Are Linked to Being Overweight

The rate of new cancer cases has decreased in the United States since the 1990s. But increases in overweight- and obesity-related cancers—which now account for 40% of all U.S. cancers—are likely slowing that progress, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014, about 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with […]

Breast-cancer death rate drops almost 40 percent, saving 322,000 lives, study says

Breast-cancer death rate drops almost 40 percent, saving 322,000 lives, study says

Breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths, the American Cancer Society reported Tuesday. Breast cancer death rates increased by 0.4 percent per year from 1975 to 1989, according to the study. After that, mortality rates decreased rapidly, for a 39 percent drop overall through 2015.  The report, the latest to […]

FDA approves new treatment for certain advanced or metastatic breast cancers

FDA approves new treatment for certain advanced or metastatic breast cancers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed after taking therapy that alters a patient’s hormones (endocrine therapy). Verzenio is approved to be given in combination with an endocrine […]

Here’s When Women Should Be Screened for Breast Cancer

Here’s When Women Should Be Screened for Breast Cancer

At age 45. At age 50. Once a year. Once every two years. If you’re trying to find some consensus on when and how often women should get screened for breast cancer with mammograms, you’re not going to find universal agreement. As confusing and conflicting as the advice seems, the back and forth is leading […]

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