Best of Breast: news for week ending 14 March 2014

A round-up of news for Breast Cancer and Cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 14 March 2014.

This week’s studies feature several from the University of the Obvious, but still welcome news.

The first is research directly linking BPA (the compound used to make plastic bottles) and breast cancer.

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Drink me and get Breast Cancer. image credit: http://www.green-4-u.com

Most cancer patients, in the course of their reading, will come across research which potentially links BPA with cancer, so in this sense, this is a new development because it shows there’s a direct link.  BPA is an endocrine disruptor, i.e. disrupts anything to do with hormones.  [Did you know that BPA was used as a synthetic estrogen in the 1930s?]

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 20 December 2013

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A round-up of this week’s latest medical developments, culled from Google Alerts.  Again, there’s a glut from the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, which is no bad thing.

At long last, and about time too:  cancer immunotherapy has been voted breakthrough of the year by Science magazine.  I’m looking forward to the day when all cancers can be prevented and cured by immune-boosting treatments, and cancer vaccines, and not surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Immunotherapy

image credit:  sciencemagazine.org

Scientists now prove that chemo-brain exists, a fact that people on chemo have known for ages.  Maybe this will mean chemo-brain will be taken seriously and more importantly, some cures will be in the pipeline.

Some interesting research on sugar and its role in cancer – the theory used to be that cancer cells were able to survive without oxygen, by converting sugar directly into energy.  New research has shown that increasing sugar metabolism in cells may be directly responsible for fuelling the growth of cancer cells.

A trial into the use of chemotherapy drug, 5FU (fluorouracil) shows that it did not add to the efficacy of treatment protocols using epirubicin and cyclophosphamide and paclitaxel (FEC +T).  I find this especially relevant because FECT is standard treatment for lymph-node positive breast cancer in the UK.  Does this mean the protocol will change?

Don’t forget to eat your tomatoes – not only is lycopene (the phytochemical contained in them) good for prostate cancer, it has now been shown to have a positive effect on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism in a trial involving post-menopausal women.

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Supplement: metformin kills cancer stem cells

Metformin plant Galega Officinalis

Galega officinalis – source of Metformin
photo credit: wikipedia

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Updated 19 Jan 2014 with additional links to metformin and chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and dosage recommendations

Metformin is a drug that is usually used to control sugar level in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Tests have also shown that it may also be effective in reducing cancer risk, improving the survival of people with cancer, and inducing cancer cell death.

Metformin has been shown to selectively target and kill some lines of breast cancer stem cells.  As stem cells are usually resistant to chemotherapy, metformin is another tool you want to have in your kit.

It is speculated that metformin works by blocking a metabolic stress response that stimulates the inflammatory pathway associated with a wide variety of cancers. Continue reading