Oncology

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...

Regional breast cancer guidelines needed in Middle East and North Africa

Researchers surveying breast cancer management in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) say they have identified barriers to applying international guidelines in this area. They are now calling for localised best practice. The MedicalSurveys-17 Research Group, a group of oncologists working in...

Abbreviated breast MRI ‘extra screening option for dense breasts’

Women with dense breast tissue, for whom traditional mammograms are less effective at detecting cancer and who request additional screening after a negative mammogram, abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MR) may be a valuable cancer detection tool, according to new research from Penn Medicine, a division of...

NICE recommends access to life-extending breast cancer drugs

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended two life-extending breast cancer drugs - palbociclib and ribociclib - for routine funding after the companies behind their development lowered the prices and gave more evidence for their effectiveness. According to NICE,...