According to research by Mary Ann Gilligan and published in the American Journal of Public Health women who have surgery for breast cancer in a hospital that has done a lot of them are 20% less likely to die from breast cancer within 5 years
Women who had radiation for breast cancer in the 1970’s and 80’s have a 35-40% greater chance of having heart disease within 20 years. Women who smoked had a even greater risk of heart attack. In addition women who had chemotherapy along with the radiation had a even higher risk of heart disease.
The FDA recently approved the use of GlaxoSmithKline’s Tykerb for women with HER-2 positive advanced breast cancer in combination with the oral chemotherapy drug, Xeloda (capecitabine) who are not responding to Herceptin anymore.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia recently announced in the Public Library of Science the discovery that a protein called podocalyxin changes the shape and adhesive quality of tumor cells. Further research may designing antibodies to block the function of the protein to help fight metastasizing cancer.
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