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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.
Researchers discover new signaling events that trigger metastasis in ovarian cancer cells

Researchers discover new signaling events that trigger metastasis in ovarian cancer cells

Like pancreatic cancer, cancer of the ovaries is notorious for being discovered at a relatively late stage - after it has spread to other sites in the body. It is not called "the silent killer" for nothing. [More]
I-SPY2 research initiative employs exciting new model for testing breast cancer drugs

I-SPY2 research initiative employs exciting new model for testing breast cancer drugs

In a new paradigm of breast cancer research, physicians are fast-tracking promising new experimental drugs for further study, while immediately dropping drugs and drug combinations that don't work. [More]
Moderate to vigorous physical activity linked to improved memory in breast cancer survivors

Moderate to vigorous physical activity linked to improved memory in breast cancer survivors

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is related to improved subjective memory in breast cancer survivors, who often complain about memory problems, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. [More]
Study shows miR-19 helps new neurons in the adult brain stay on track

Study shows miR-19 helps new neurons in the adult brain stay on track

A small stretch of ribonucleic acid called microRNA could make the difference between a healthy adult brain and one that's prone to disorders including schizophrenia. [More]
Imaging technique could help doctors identify patients who may benefit breast cancer treatment

Imaging technique could help doctors identify patients who may benefit breast cancer treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have used imaging techniques as a new way to identify patients who could benefit from certain breast cancer treatments, according to a study published in ONCOTARGET today, (Thursday). [More]
Researchers discover mechanism of gene silencing in hormone-dependent breast cancer cells

Researchers discover mechanism of gene silencing in hormone-dependent breast cancer cells

Sometimes, the silencing of a gene is as important as its activation. Nonetheless, up to now, most studies on hormone-mediated gene regulation have focused on researching the factors that influence the activation of certain genes. Little attention has been paid to gene silencing. [More]
Women trust their own judgment when making breast cancer surgery-related decisions

Women trust their own judgment when making breast cancer surgery-related decisions

A research team led by Breast Health Fellow Rebecca M. Kwait, MD, at The Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, recently presented research indicating that when faced with a decision on the type of surgery to have to remove breast cancer, more women trust their own judgment over the input of their surgeon and even their partner. [More]
Relaxing acupressure improves fatigue levels in breast cancer survivors

Relaxing acupressure improves fatigue levels in breast cancer survivors

Acupressure helped reduce persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, a new study finds. [More]
Clinical trial to evaluate safety of palbociclib drug in African American women with breast cancer

Clinical trial to evaluate safety of palbociclib drug in African American women with breast cancer

The first clinical trial to test a newly approved breast cancer drug specifically in African American patients is now enrolling at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and will begin soon at five other institutions in Washington, DC, Maryland, Alabama and New Jersey. [More]
New study to investigate how genetic factors contribute to breast cancer disparities

New study to investigate how genetic factors contribute to breast cancer disparities

The largest study ever to investigate how genetic and biological factors contribute to breast cancer risk among black women launched today. [More]
BU researcher receives grant to better understand breast cancer in African-American women

BU researcher receives grant to better understand breast cancer in African-American women

Why do African-American women die at a higher rate and experience more aggressive breast tumors than white women? Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) have received funding from the National Cancer Institute to explore this question. [More]
Whole-genome omics data can improve accuracy of breast cancer survival predictions

Whole-genome omics data can improve accuracy of breast cancer survival predictions

Precise predictions of whether a tumor is likely to spread would help clinicians and patients choose the best course of treatment. But current methods fall short of the precision needed. [More]
Menopause symptoms: can a healthcare professional help? An interview with Dr Heather Currie

Menopause symptoms: can a healthcare professional help? An interview with Dr Heather Currie

The survey showed that only 50% of women consulted a healthcare professional about their symptoms, despite the fact that many women said their symptoms were having a significant effect on their work life, social life, home life and sex life. [More]
Scientists discover new genetic variations linked to increased myeloma risk

Scientists discover new genetic variations linked to increased myeloma risk

Researchers have identified eight new genetic variations in the human genome that could be linked to an increased risk of developing myeloma. The findings provide additional evidence and build on existing research that suggests myeloma can run in families. [More]
Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy 'a reasonable option' for ER-positive breast cancer

Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy 'a reasonable option' for ER-positive breast cancer

Endocrine therapy should be reconsidered as a potential option in the neoadjuvant setting for localised oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, say the authors of a meta-analysis. [More]
Novel high-resolution method helps study which genes are active in tissues

Novel high-resolution method helps study which genes are active in tissues

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the Royal Institute of Technology have devised a new high-resolution method for studying which genes are active in a tissue. [More]
New technique can help identify aggressive forms of DCIS

New technique can help identify aggressive forms of DCIS

When a woman is diagnosed with the earliest stage of breast cancer, how aggressive should her treatment be? Will the non-invasive cancer become invasive? Or is it a slow-growing variety that will likely never be harmful? [More]
Kataegis linked to better prognosis for breast cancer patients

Kataegis linked to better prognosis for breast cancer patients

Kataegis is a recently discovered phenomenon in which multiple mutations cluster in a few hotspots in a genome. The anomaly was previously found in some cancers, but it has been unclear what role kataegis plays in tumor development and patient outcomes. [More]
Study focuses on critical proteins involved in ovarian cancer biology

Study focuses on critical proteins involved in ovarian cancer biology

In what is believed to be the largest study of its kind, scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University and their collaborators from institutions across the nation have examined the collections of proteins in the tumors of 169 ovarian cancer patients to identify critical proteins present in their tumors. [More]
High levels of calpain protein linked to improved survival of breast cancer patients

High levels of calpain protein linked to improved survival of breast cancer patients

A family of proteins that help cancer cells survive and spread around the body may be associated with improved prognosis for some women receiving treatment for breast cancer, research has shown. [More]
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