The latest medical news in Breast Cancer and Cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 12 September 2014.
Wahey, it’s the week of the American Society of Oncology Symposium! As usual it’s yielded the results of new trials or new research into cancer treatments. Yet I’ve chosen to lead with another article on cancer-sniffing dogs. Why is this?
While I appreciate what modern science is doing to prolong life and achieve remission, these treatments or diagnoses come with side-effects and long-term issues. The research is also very technical and full of stats – nothing to touch the heart there.
So whenever I see a new method of detection that is simplicity in itself and with minimal side-effects, I cheer! In previous posts I’ve covered how dogs have miraculously detected cancer in their owners. There are also organisations that are now investigating how dogs detect cancer. If you do not have cancer and would like to volunteer to provide a breath sample, please contact the number in the article.
As a layman, I’m interested in prevention, and things that I can do to help prevent or keep the cancer in remission, for example, diet – hence the article which implies that soy is dangerous for women with breast cancer, and another on how a probiotic, lactobacillus plantarum may help prevent cancer.
Another subject that is close to my heart is oncolytic virotherapthy, harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. In May this year, I posted about a woman with Stage 4 multiple myeloma who was went into remission thanks to a specially-engineered measles vaccine. She now has a blog, Let’s Go Viral. Please note that this is not a cure-all – there was another patient who had the vaccine at the same time and did not go into remission. Interestingly, the side-effects from the measles vaccine resembled those of Removab (a tri-functional antibody) – fever, shivering, headaches – but possibly more severe.