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Breast cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. When breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, they are called metastases. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer. Breast cancer can begin in different parts of the breast, like the ducts or the lobes.
Human genetics expert wins 2014 Basser Global Prize for BRCA-related research

Human genetics expert wins 2014 Basser Global Prize for BRCA-related research

Twenty years after the first identification of the BRCA1 gene, the University of Pennsylvania's Basser Research Center for BRCA will honor the geneticist credited with its founding with the second annual Basser Global Prize. [More]
Researchers find new ways to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

Researchers find new ways to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

A leading scientist based at Keele University in North Staffordshire has been awarded a grant of around £20,000 by research charity Breast Cancer Campaign to find new ways to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common type of the disease. [More]
Bee, snake, scorpion venom could form basis of new generation of cancer-fighting drugs

Bee, snake, scorpion venom could form basis of new generation of cancer-fighting drugs

Bee, snake or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, scientists will report here today. [More]
Seven physicians receive ASTRO grants to advance radiation oncology research

Seven physicians receive ASTRO grants to advance radiation oncology research

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has selected seven leading physicians to receive a total of $675,000 in awards and grants to advance radiation oncology research. The ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award, the ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant and the ASTRO/Radiation Oncology Institute Comparative Effectiveness Research Award will fund studies in radiation and cancer biology, radiation physics, translational research, outcomes/health services research and comparative effectiveness research within radiation oncology. [More]
Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may not protect women from breast cancer as had been thought, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF). [More]
Oncothyreon acquires Alpine Biosciences to enable targeted delivery of multiple therapeutic agents

Oncothyreon acquires Alpine Biosciences to enable targeted delivery of multiple therapeutic agents

Oncothyreon Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in the development of innovative therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, today announced that it has acquired Alpine Biosciences, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, a privately held biotechnology company developing protocells, a nanoparticle platform technology designed to enable the targeted delivery of multiple therapeutic agents, including nucleic acids, proteins, peptides and small molecules. [More]
Regular physical activity decreases risk for invasive breast cancer among postmenopausal women

Regular physical activity decreases risk for invasive breast cancer among postmenopausal women

Postmenopausal women who in the past four years had undertaken regular physical activity equivalent to at least four hours of walking per week had a lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less during those four years, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
Scientists analyze genetic characteristics of cancers using multiple genomic technology platforms

Scientists analyze genetic characteristics of cancers using multiple genomic technology platforms

New research partly led by UC San Francisco-affiliated scientists suggests that one in 10 cancer patients would be more accurately diagnosed if their tumors were defined by cellular and molecular criteria rather than by the tissues in which they originated, and that this information, in turn, could lead to more appropriate treatments. [More]
Tumor genetic analysis reveals new approach of classifying cancers

Tumor genetic analysis reveals new approach of classifying cancers

Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have completed the largest, most diverse tumor genetic analysis ever conducted, revealing a new approach to classifying cancers. [More]
Celsion announces financial results for second quarter ended 2014

Celsion announces financial results for second quarter ended 2014

Celsion Corporation, an oncology drug development company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. [More]
New Cardio-Oncology Program to keep hearts beating strong throughout breast cancer treatments

New Cardio-Oncology Program to keep hearts beating strong throughout breast cancer treatments

Hearts are at risk when fighting against breast cancer - due to toxic side effects of common treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. [More]
Study sheds light on genetic alterations that may contribute to luminal B breast cancer

Study sheds light on genetic alterations that may contribute to luminal B breast cancer

Researchers from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine have uncovered new information about the genetic alterations that may contribute to the development of a subtype breast cancer typically associated with more aggressive forms of the disease and higher recurrence rates. [More]
Kids are at risk of biological damage results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices

Kids are at risk of biological damage results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices

A scholarly article on wireless safety, published online in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, reports that children and fetuses are the most at risk from neurological and biological damage that results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, due to the higher rate of absorption of microwave radiation by children than by adults. [More]
Genetic testing in melanoma: an interview with Dr. Diane McDowell, US Medical Affairs Lead, Oncology, GSK

Genetic testing in melanoma: an interview with Dr. Diane McDowell, US Medical Affairs Lead, Oncology, GSK

Genetic testing, the commonly used process of looking for changes in a person's genes or chromosomes that may be associated with specific diseases or conditions, dates back to before President Richard Nixon declared the War on Cancer with the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971. [More]

Patient navigation may lead to better breast cancer care in high risk and minority women

Patient navigation, or the linking of a newly diagnosed cancer patient with a professional trained in assisting patients though the complex journey of cancer diagnosis and treatment, may lead to better breast cancer care in high risk and minority women. [More]
FDA grants orphan-drug designation to Genoa's pirfenidone for treatment of IPF disease

FDA grants orphan-drug designation to Genoa's pirfenidone for treatment of IPF disease

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan-drug designation to Genoa for the use of pirfenidone in their lead program - inhaled GP-101 for the treatment of IPF. [More]
Researchers postulate similarities between changes in cells and origins of triple negative breast cancer

Researchers postulate similarities between changes in cells and origins of triple negative breast cancer

Healthy breast cells may be able to reinvent themselves -- some have the flexibility to change after they are mature -- which leads researchers to postulate that similarities exist between this occurrence and the origins of a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer. [More]
Viewpoints: Ignagni on prices of new drugs; Sen. Johnson on the difficulty of suing a president

Viewpoints: Ignagni on prices of new drugs; Sen. Johnson on the difficulty of suing a president

Lately, there has been considerable debate about the soaring prices of specialty drugs, which are aimed at difficult-to-treat diseases. [More]
Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift to earlier stage diagnosis in older women, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
Clinical trial to look for genetic information in cancer patients

Clinical trial to look for genetic information in cancer patients

Sanford Health is working to enroll approximately 50 adult patients whose cancer has progressed after the first line of treatment or who have rare cancers without standard treatment options in a clinical trial to look for genetic information that could help customize treatment options. [More]