How proton radiotherapy can kill cancer in milliseconds

January 14, 2020By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Clinical Trials, Lung Cancer, Research

Radiotherapy For the first time, researchers are using protons to administer radiation therapy in a matter of milliseconds. the technique kills cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue. According to the American Cancer Society, more than half of cancer patients go through radiation therapy. Radiation works by damaging cancer cells’ DNA. ait also damages healthy cells. … Read More

Connection Between Ovarian and Breast Cancer

March 13, 2019By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Research

Making the Connection The connection between ovarian and breast cancer is related to the inherited mutation BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Having one of thesh gene mutations predisposes women to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. According to the University of Colorado Gynecologic Oncology, “BRCA 1 & 2 are involved in DNA repair and cell growth, but when … Read More

Extended Endocrine Therapy: Is 5 Years Enough?

July 7, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Research, Treatments 2 Comments

Extended Endocrine Therapy: Is 5 Years Enough? Extended Endocrine Therapy: Is 5 Years Enough? NBC ran a story on this in 2017 citing a New England Journal of Medicine study that asked Extended Endocrine Therapy: Is 5 Years Enough? found extending therapy extends protection from recurrence. Breast cancer survivors will want to discuss these new findings with their doctors. The … Read More

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?

June 25, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Research

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer? Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer? Researchers have discovered that blocking certain proteins that respond to progesterone prevent breast cancer in those who carry high-risk genes. Carrying BRCA1 and BRCA2 tumor suppressor gene mutations raises the risk of developing cancer. This study was reported on in … Read More

Long Term Survivorship

March 27, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Colorectal, Survivorship

Long term survivorship Long term survivorship will pose new problem to our health care system. There are over 15 million cancer survivors just in the U.S. alone, yet survivors have not been the focus for cancer researchers and health care providers. According to the American Cancer Society there will be 20.3 million survivors by 2026. With numbers … Read More

Liquid Biopsy

March 9, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Diagnostic Testing, Research

Liquid Biopsy As tumor cells devide and grow they shed DNA which travels through the patients blood streams. This new Liquid Biopsy blood test looks for the shed DNA. Jocelyn Kaiser writes, in her January 18, 2018 article for Science, about work being done by Joshua D. Cohen et al. The team has developed, CancerSEEK, a … Read More

Can weight gain be caused by tamoxifen?

January 25, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Cancer Treatments, Food Info, Healthy Lifestyle 2 Comments

Can weight gain be caused by tamoxifen? The answer might surprise women who take this medication to prevent a breast cancer recurrence. The answer is readily available in a single google search. Still women ask Can weight gain be caused by tamoxifen? Medical News Today is reporting on a study called the Women’s Healthy Eating … Read More

FDA Approves First Treatment for Breast Cancer With a Certain Inherited Genetic Mutation

January 22, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Treatments

FDA Approves First Treatment for Breast Cancer With a Certain Inherited Genetic Mutation This is a major breakthrough for women with this inherited genetic mutation. It is the first time a drug has been developed to treat women with metastatic breast cancer who have a “BRCA” gene mutation. Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the FDA’s Oncology … Read More

Pink Hair Don’t Care

January 9, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Inspiration

Pink Hair Don’t Care If you’re brave enough to face cancer then you can wear pink hair don’t care what anyone thinks! This is the story of cancer researcher turned cancer patient. Jessica Baker turned her life long passion for math and science into a career of finding medications for cancer patients who have little … Read More

Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

December 14, 2017By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Carcinogens, Healthy Lifestyle

Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too Scientists in Denmark reported a study, which followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than a decade. Widely held assumptions about modern contraceptives for younger generations of women were found faulty. Many women have believed that newer hormonal contraceptives are much safer than those taken by their mothers … Read More

Survey How We Use The Internet For Support

December 2, 2017By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research

Survey You can help a future physician learn valuable info about how we use the internet for support by answering a quick survey. You girls here are so supportive of each other I knew right away where I needed to share this! Here’s her original post. Research Survey-Internet Use and Social Support from breastcancer https://pacificu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wWcanV9ptxz6u1 … Read More

The Link Between Cancer and Unexpressed Anger

November 26, 2017By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Healthy Lifestyle, Survivorship

The Link Between Cancer and Unexpressed Anger There is a category of medical oncology called Psycho-Oncology that deals with the link between cancer and unexpressed anger. There is mounting evidence that survival rates for women increase dramatically when they express their negative emotions including anger. Lower Cortisol Leads To Higher Survival Rates It’s not just … Read More

Hair Dye Linked To Breast Cancer

November 19, 2017By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research No Comments

Hair Dye Linked To Breast Cancer Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, along with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School researchers reported in June they have found a link between certain hair products and breast cancer. Dark hair color and chemical relaxers/straighteners have been linked to increased risk of estrogen-positive breast cancer. … Read More