Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women

May 22, 2020By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Diagnostic Testing, Genetic Testing

On May 19, 2020 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a paper confirming that multiple genes predispose black women to breast cancer. This study is called Contribution of Germline Predisposition Mutations to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. According to the CDC African American women are more likely than Caucasian women to get triple negative breast cancer. … Read More

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

Could a drug you may already be taking help stop cancer?

December 1, 2019By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Cancer Treatments

Huff Post UK has reported on a drug commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease that may also be used to stop cancer in some patients. Carbidopa, a drug used by many Parkinson’s patients has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in mice according to the Huff PostUK article and the Biochemical Journal. Professor Aideen Sullivan, University College, … Read More

The states with the highest cancer rates

October 20, 2019By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Resources

Rate Your State The states with the highest cancer rates Where does your state rank for cancer rates?  Here you can learn more about the states with the highest cancer rates around the country. The author Marisa Iati of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com links you to many resources including the CDC, and 247wallst.com.  Last on the list … Read More

Scientists Developed Molecule To Kill Cancer Cells

October 9, 2019By CancerSmarterCancer Research

As reported in In the journal Cancer Cell, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, explain how they tested the molecule, called BAX Trigger Site Activator 1 (BTSA1), on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. They have developed a molecule that triggers cancer cells to die off without harming healthy cells. Learn more here.

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice in study

February 16, 2018By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Resources

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice in study Stanford researchers have found a cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice in study. The researchers have found that activating T cells in mice’ tumors eliminated even distant metastases. The technique is in clinical trial now with Lymphoma patients. They are using two different agents in unison. By injecting minute … Read More

Tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells

February 11, 2018By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Cancer Treatments, Carcinogens, Diagnostic Testing

Tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells Tamoxifen works by blocking estrogen in the breast tissue by attaching to the estrogen receptors in breast cells. Recent studies show that tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells. The drug has been used as a first-line endocrine treatment for  breast cancer for decades. Tamoxifen resistance In … Read More

New treatment for drug-resistant skin cancer

February 7, 2018By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Skin Cancer

Potential new treatment for drug-resistant skin cancer More than fifty percent of metastatic basal cell carcinomas are already resistant to currently approved drug treatments at time of diagnosis.  These basal cells show no signs of known resistance-associated genetic mutations. This leaves researchers wondering how the cells manage to evade treatment. Now, though, there maybe a new … Read More

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer

February 5, 2018By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Colorectal, Resources

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests We’ve known for some time now that our gut is where our immune system resides. Now we also understand that gut microbes combine to cause colon cancer. Dr. Cynthia Sears, an infectious disease specialist, and her colleagues at the Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy … 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

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

BPA and Related Chemicals Linked to Fat Gain, Breast Cancer Risk

November 29, 2017By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Carcinogens, Food Info, Healthy Lifestyle

BPA and Related Chemicals This won’t replace diet and exercise but it can’t hurt! Limiting our exposure to BPA and related chemicals, hormones, pesticides and radiation is a constant struggle in today’s society. Cell phones, milk, meat, and now even our baby bottles and water bottles are threats. This article gives a complete look at … 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

Is Sugar Causing Cancer?

October 28, 2017By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Food Info, Research No Comments

Is Sugar Causing Cancer? A recent study in the journal Nature Communications answers the question “is sugar causing cancer?”  The study looks at the cancer cells appetite for sugar.  Johan M. Thevelein, senior author of the study and a professor at KU Leuven in Belgium was asked whether he believes that eating sugar leads to a … Read More

Cancer Medication Grown In Chicken Eggs?

October 24, 2017By CancerSmarterCancer Research No Comments

Cancer Medication Grown In Chicken Eggs? One of the biggest problems with Cancer Drugs is the cost. Most people can’t afford them and even many insurance companies refuse to cover them. This development could reduce the cost of some cancer medications by 90% according to this story on CNN. Can cancer medication grown in chicken eggs? … Read More