Friday, September 19, 2014

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An End to Breast Cancer by 2020?

An ambitious and different approach to stopping deaths from this disease. What do you think? Is ending cancer analogous to putting a man on the moon?

Here's One Possible Approach

Let's hear it for antioxidants. I'll be curious to see what clinical trials in actual patients show.

Cancer Survival Rates ARE at an All-Time High

"But these numbers can be somewhat misleading unless they take into account advances in identifying cancers earlier, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Survival rates refer to how long a person lives with cancer (including in remission) while mortality rates refer to the death rate, but survival will be longer if the cancer is found earlier, even if the person dies at the same time they would have.

"People don't want to live longer with cancer," Brawley said. "They want to not die with cancer."'

Revolutionizing the Imaging of Metastatic Cancer

With a special shout-out to my alma mater, Johns Hopkins.

Explaining My "Cognitive Deficits," aka Chemobrain

Something about the hippocampus (I can't remember).

Another Possible Vaccine for Breast Cancer?

"CONCLUSION: The E75 vaccine is safe and appears to have clinical efficacy. A phase III trial evaluating the optimal dose and including booster inoculations has been initiated."

Some of the Problems with "Pinktober"

"If you’re not checking your breasts all the time and, god forbid, you end up with one of the most deadly forms of cancer, you could be to blame. In a recent Avon/Pfizer survey, over 50% of respondents believed that those with advanced breast cancers “either did not take the right medicines or preventative measures.” Cancer goes from being a fault in our genes to something we could have controlled."

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