Breast cancer study reshapes understanding of the disease and other cancer news

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News in brief 9.28.12

Researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the breast cancer, which is fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of the disease.  Within those types, they discovered genetic changes that are driving many cancers.


New research is showing that radiation therapy and chemotherapy aimed at killing cancer cells may actually aid in creating cancer stem cells, which are adept at generating new tumors and are especially resistant to treatment.

According to a new study from Sweden, postmenopausal women treated for breast cancer with drugs known as aromatase inhibitors have high rates of sexual problems.  Nearly three-quarters of these women reported insufficient lubrication.  Over 50 percent had pain during intercourse, half said their sexual interest was low, and 42 percent were dissatisfied with their sex life.

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dog-breast-cancerThe University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program provides care to homeless dogs afflicted with the disease and advancing knowledge of breast cancer biology. Many of the mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women share similarities.  The program collects data that could lead to more progressive treatment of both canine and human breast cancers.

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radiation-scans-imagingMan's recurring tumors may change cancer care. The discovery allows doctors to grow "mini tumors" from each patient's cancer in a lab dish, then test various drugs or combinations on them to see which works best. It takes only a few cells from a biopsy and less than two weeks to do, with materials and methods common in most hospitals.

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In a new Newsweek article, “I'm Sorry, Steve Jobs: We Could Have Saved You,” The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee describes how oncologists are failing to treat and prevent cancer—even as the promise of life-saving remedies await us.

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