New Breast Cancer Treatment Options

New breast cancer blood test could improve treatment options in more serious cases ‘Liquid biopsy’ detects tumor DNA and can track alterations in 13 different genes.   Women with advanced stages of breast cancer could receive potentially life-extending personalized treatment after taking a new blood test that detects tumor DNA. The test, known as a…

Effective Immunotherapy Steps Closer With New T Cell Study

Effective Immunotherapy Steps Closer With New T Cell Study  In a recent study, researchers report some progress in developing an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer. However, they also outline the considerable challenges that remain before the treatment can be made effective for this and other cancers that have solid tumors. The researchers presented the findings at…

My Breast Cancer Story by Rebecca Guenther

  In March of 2013 after a routine mammogram I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. After discovering that I was a carrier of the BRCA2 mutation I had a bilateral mastectomy in April, breast reconstruction and ovarian removal in May. Fortunately, the cancer was small, only in one breast, and hadn’t spread to the…

Weight Linked to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men over the age of 60 in the U.S. According to David Levy, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, “for the last couple of decades, one of the prevailing correlations has been weight and it seems over a number of different studies that have been…

New Gene Linked to Greater Risk of Brain & Ovarian Cancers

New Gene Linked to Greater Risk of Brain & Ovarian Cancers  Genetic changes and variants linked to the development of brain and ovarian cancers have been discovered in two new studies. This significant development offers researchers the chance to understand more about how these cancers develop and how they may one day be treated or…

FDA Approves New Drug For Advanced Breast Cancer

U.S. regulators have approved a new drug called Kisqali as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer . The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed the approval on March 13. Novartis said it will offer patients several types of financial assistance and many won’t have to make co-payments. Kisqali, developed by Novartis AG, is a…

The Benefits of Genetic Testing in the Jewish Community

The Benefits of Genetic Testing in the Jewish Community  An inherited mutation of the BRCA genes increases an individual’s chance of getting cancer at some point in their lives. Women carrying these mutations have a 45% to 65% chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime and a 15% to 45% chance of getting ovarian…

Breast Cancer and Exercising

Exercising Keeps Breast Cancer Survivors Happier and Healthier Longer According to a recent Reuters article, regular exercise keeps breast cancer survivors alive longer. While understanding that daily exercise directly correlates with health may not be new to some of our readers, it is important that we remind ourselves of the impact it can have. According to…

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. If you screen early, your likelihood of finding breast cancer early is higher. Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed) reduce your chance…