Best of Breast: news for week ending 11 October 2013

A round-up of the latest medical developments in breast cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 11 October 2013.

[Google Alerts doesn’t always have the most up-to-date research developments, and because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, chockful of fund-raising and charity events, so if I’ve missed something out, my apologies. You are always welcome to post any new developments that I’ve missed out in the comments box and I’ll include them in the compilation, with grateful thanks and an acknowledgement.]


photo credit: The Jackson Laboratory

1.  Could breast cancer soon be treated with a NIPPLE injection?

(I got all excited, until I realised it’s only been tested on mice.  If you’re a mouse or a rat, it’s a good time to have cancer since most of the trials and tests are done on rodents, and everything seems to work on rodents.  And they wonder why the war on cancer hasn’t been won yet?  Yes, it’s been won – on mice and rats!)

  • Injecting drugs through the nipple offers direct access to the tumour
  • It also stops toxic drugs being absorbed by other body tissue and stops the liver breaking down the drugs making them less effective

“According to Krause, she and her colleagues have already begun experimentation in applying the method. “The authors have utilized this technique to inject a new nanoparticle-based therapeutic that inhibits a specific gene that drives breast cancer formation,” said Krause, via the release. “This targeted treatment was shown to prevent cancer progression in mice that spontaneously develop mammary tumors, [and] is currently in review in Science Translational Medicine.””
Here is a video of the procedure:

2.  No viral cause for breast cancer and brain tumors

(Eh? But there are other studies showing that viruses have been found in breast cancer tumours …

A major study conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy has now disproved theories of a viral cause for breast cancer and the brain tumour, glioblastoma. The study, which was based on over seven billion DNA sequences and which is published in Nature Communications, found no genetic traces of viruses in these forms of cancer.