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Study redefines role of estrogen in cervical cancer

Scientists have prior evidence that the hormone estrogen is a major driver in the growth of cervical cancer, but a new study examining genetic profiles of 128 clinical cases reached a surprising conclusion: Estrogen receptors all but vanish in cervical cancer tumors. Read More: Study redefines role of estrogen in cervical cancer

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Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death by 40 percent

Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 percent compared to women who are not screened — according to a major international review of the latest evidence on breast cancer screening. Read More: Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death by 40 percent

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Misperceptions about impact of double mastectomy

A survey of women with breast cancer found that nearly half considered having a double mastectomy. But of those who considered it, only 37 percent knew that the more aggressive procedure does not improve survival for women with breast cancer. Read More: Misperceptions about impact of double mastectomy

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New possibilities for treatment of breast cancer arise, with the help of mathematics

A means of reprogramming a flawed immune response into an efficient anti-tumoral one was brought to light by the results of a translational trial relating to breast cancer. Thanks to the innovative combination of mathematical modelization and experimentation, only 20 tests were necessary, whereas traditional experimentation would have required 596 tests to obtain the same results. Read more: New possibilities for treatment of breast cancer arise, with the help of mathematics

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Should I Consider Multigene Panel Testing?

4 comments By Andrea Peirce, BA, Writer/Editor   |  Thursday, April 23, 2015 Learn about multigene panel testing and some of its potential pros and cons from one of our experts. read more

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National Cancer Institute Live Tweets Ken Burns Cancer Documentary Finale

On April 2nd, the finale to Ken Burns’ documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies” aired.  The good people at the NCI live tweeted the documentary, sharing through twitter some of the great information, and very best tidbits of the movie.  Here are a few of the best tweets about this film chalked full of incredible information Please join us and so many others at the top of the hour for live tweeting the finale of #CancerFilm. pic.twitter.com/60LGXTFSHR — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 A single type of cancer may include a diverse collection of genetic abnormalities. #CancerFilm pic.twitter.com/BvBniHzVug — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 The wealth of data emerging from cancer genome studies will increasingly be integrated with patients’ medical histories. #CancerFilm — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 The Cancer Genome Atlas has characterized the genomic underpinnings of dozens of cancers: http://t.co/WVmm5xZwIO #CancerFilm @TCGAupdates — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 Genetic mutations play a role in the development of all cancers. Most occur during a person’s lifetime but some are inherited. #CancerFilm — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 Each tumor has a unique combination of genetic alterations. Some changes may be the result, rather than the cause, of cancer. #CancerFilm — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 Next-generation sequencing refers to techniques that process multiple DNA samples in parallel: http://t.co/yEGDK0Dk82 #CancerFilm — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 ALK genes will be part of NCI’s precision medicine ALCHEMIST lung cancer trials: http://t.co/275lfUjwzr #CancerFilm @LCSM — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015 Inherited mutations in genes such as BRCA1-2 play a major role in 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. http://t.co/PTzkvr3th7 #CancerFilm — National Cancer Inst (@theNCI) April 2, 2015

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Teaching Doctors to Think Like Patients

2 comments By Mona Iskander  |  Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Comskil program helps doctors improve their communication skills — and their relationships with their patients. read more

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