Thankfully, breast cancer treatments are constantly evolving and, hopefully, improving. Devoted scientists and doctors are gathering and analyzing the treatment results of today’s patients for the benefit of tomorrow’s.
The web can be a very scary place and I usually resist the urge to search for breast cancer news. But sometimes I just can’t help taking a peek.
Here are some recent news articles related to my own treatments:
- Gene Could Predict Tamoxifen Treatment Failure [Success] (Feb 1, 2010. Medical News Today)
Researches at the School of Pharmacy Queen’s University Belfast have identified a gene, FKBPL., which when found in high levels in breast cancer indicates a good response to tamoxifen and a better chance of survival.
- Women who took chemo-drug [Taxotere] weren’t warned of permanent hair loss (March 8, 2010. Globe and Mail)
Women who took Taxotere to fight breast cancer say they were never warned of a side effect – permanent hair loss – that left them looking sick long after they were treated for the disease.
- After Cancer, Removing a Healthy Breast (March 8, 2010. New York Times)
The percentage of women asking to remove both breasts after a cancer diagnosis has more than doubled in recent years but a new study in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that, for most women, having a healthy breast removed after a cancer diagnosis had no effect on long-term survival.
- Breast Cancer Ribbon Tatoos (March 12, 2010. Health Lessons Centre).
I don’t understand the title but this is a fairly exhaustive and concise summary of the latest in breast cancer treatment and research.
- Breast Cancer Survivor Credits Vitamin D with Recovery (March 5, 2010. Health Zone)
Not only does vitamin D help keep cells in sync, studies have shown that it also plays a defensive and offensive role in and against 17 varieties of cancer including prostate, colon and breast cancer.
- Breast cancer virtually “eradicated” with higher levels of vitamin D (February 8, 2010. Natural News)
According to Dr. Cedric Garland of the University of California, Cancer Prevention & Control, breast cancer is a disease so directly related to vitamin D deficiency that a woman’s risk of contracting the disease can be ‘virtually eradicated’ by elevating her vitamin D status to what vitamin D scientists consider to be natural blood levels.
- Can Aspirin Reduce the Chance of Breast Cancer Recurrence? (February, 16 2010. American Cancer Society News)
Women with breast cancer who take aspirin regularly after diagnosis and treatment may have a lower risk of dying from breast cancer or seeing their breast cancer come back in distant parts of the body, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.