Oncology

Population screening for breast and ovarian cancer mutations ‘is cost-effective’

Screening the entire population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations, not just those at high-risk of carrying the mutation, is cost-effective and could prevent more cancers. This is according to research carried out by the Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Barts...

Hormonal breast cancer therapy linked to chronic disease

Women who have received hormonal therapy for breast cancer face a higher risk of developing chronic conditions in later life, according to new research. Led by the University of South Australia (UniSA), the study found that breast cancer survivors who had received hormonal cancer treatment...

BRCA gene does not alter breast cancer survival rates

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer who carry a BRCA mutation have the same chances of survival as women without the mutation after undergoing treatment. This is the finding of a prospective cohort study led by the University of Southampton, UK. BRCA mutations occur in either the BRCA1 or...

Immune cells ‘play role in breast cancer before tumour develops’

Normal immune cells - known as macrophages - which reside in healthy breast tissue surrounding milk ducts have been discovered to play a major role in helping early breast cancer cells leave the breast for other parts of the body. This then potentially creates metastasis before a tumour has even...

Blueberry extract could boost cervical cancer treatment

Combining blueberry extract with radiation therapy can increase its effectiveness in treating cervical cancer. This is according to new findings from University of Missouri School of Medicine, US, researchers, who studied in vitro human cancer cells. Study lead author Dr Yujiang Fang, visiting...

Study: Cervical cancer incidences to rise in older women

The incidence of cervical cancer in young women is set to fall by 75 per cent by 2040, with deaths close to zero, says new research. However, older women will face greater risk of the disease, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London, UK. According to the research, women aged...

Many women ‘do not feel informed about breast cancer treatment options’

Most women who have undergone breast cancer operations report not feeling completely informed about their treatment options, according to new research. The researchers - from a number of US institutions - said many patients describe the process of making a treatment decision as “worrisome...

Gene responsible for lower survival rate in early-onset breast cancer patients found

Scientists have found that inherited variation in a particular gene could be responsible for the lower survival rate of patients diagnosed with early-onset breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in women, with nearly 450,000 deaths per year from the disease...

Biannual MRI ‘more effective than mammography for younger women’

Intensive surveillance, including a dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) exam every six months, is more effective in detecting breast cancer in younger women with a high-risk genetic profile than an annual mammogram. This is according to a research team based at the US...

Acupuncture ‘reduces joint pain for breast cancer patients’

Acupuncture has been found to significantly reduce the debilitating joint pain experienced by women being treated for early stage breast cancer, according to research by SWOG, formerly the Southwest Oncology Group. Researchers conducted a randomised, blinded, multicentre trial - known as S1200 - to...