Oncology

New breast cancer test can lead to better treatment plans

A new test has been developed by scientists based in the UK that can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer and help doctors come up with better treatment plans. It works by analysing "hotspots", areas where the disease has resulted in a severe reaction from the immune...

Women in favour of frequent breast cancer screenings

Women would be in favour of more frequent breast cancer screenings for those that are at a higher risk. A study funded by Cancer Research UK and The Eve Appeal, published by The Breast, found that 85 per cent of the 940 women surveyed said they would welcome more breast screenings if they were at a...

Anti-inflammatory drugs should be used in breast cancer treatment

Anti-inflammatory drugs should be included in breast cancer treatment, researchers have argued. Current courses of treatment include surgery which is then followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and hormone treatments such as tamoxifen. However, researchers in the UK believe that anti-...

Breast cancer patients "lacking knowledge" about their condition

Women diagnosed with breast cancer "lack knowledge" about their condition, according to a new study. Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, US, explained that there needs to be more education provided to patients when they are diagnosed with the illness. Led by Rachel...

New gene could drive breast cancer progression

An aggressive gene could be responsible for the progression of triple-negative breast cancer development, new research has found. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire, UK, noted that the overactive BCL11A gene has shown signs of driving breast cancer. Triple-negative...

Leukaemia drug ‘could fight ovarian cancer’

A therapy for leukaemia that is already being trialled may also work against ovarian cancer. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that treating tumours with cirmtuzumab, an experimental antibody, prevents new tumours from forming. Residual tumours are...

New HPV vaccine ‘could prevent 90% of cervical cancers’

A new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine that is currently being developed could be effective in protecting women from up to 90 per cent of cervical cancers. This is according to new research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The company behind this, Merck...

New drug could stop womb cancer growth

A new drug could potentially be used to halt the growth of aggressive womb cancer and even shrink tumours. Research published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that afatinib killed off uterine serous cancer cells after it managed to stop them from growing. Crucially, it also managed to make...

Drug could improve response to ovarian cancer hormone therapy

Drugs that suppress a crucial protein could help to reduce resistance to hormonal therapy in women with ovarian cancer. These are the findings of research published in Scientific Reports, which studied methods of tailoring therapy for ovarian cancer to improve responses to treatment. The study...

Lactation reduces breast cancer risk

Lactation could be linked to a lower risk of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer that are harder to treat, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study analysed data from four large studies and found that women who had had children, or parous women, were...