The latest medical developments in the world of breast cancer and cancer, from Google Alerts, for the week ending 5 September 2014.
Last week’s Best of Breast (w/e 29 August 2014) covered the controversy over whether cancer is curable or not. Now, I know there are many people who are in long-term remission, but remission is not a cure. The current thinking is that cancer is a chronic disease, it may go into latent mode, but it may re-surface years later.
This week seems to be the week of the metastasis – scientists are discovering more ways in which cancer cells cannily inveigle themselves into other parts of the body. It’s nothing new … there have been similar discoveries every week, every month, every year. The problem seems to be putting this research into practice and finding ways of blocking the proteins or enzymes or rogue signalling-pathways that cause cancer to metastasise.