Breast Cancer News

News From The Journal Of Clinical Investigation: Nov. 7, 2011

ONCOLOGY: Stopping breast cancer spread

Most people who die from breast cancer do not die as a result of their breast tumor but because their cancer has spread (metastasized) to other parts of their body, often their lungs or bones. A team of researchers led by Richard Kremer, at McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, has used a mouse model of human breast cancer to identify a potential new target for slowing breast tumor progression and metastasis.

Depression And Breast Cancer Outcomes Linked

This year, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 women will not survive their battle with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. New research from the University of Missouri shows that certain factors, including marital status, having children in the home, income level and age, affect the likelihood of depression in breast cancer survivors. Further, depressed patients are less likely to adhere to medication regimens, potentially complicating the progress of their treatment.

Discovery Whilst Studying Why Measles Spreads So Quickly Has Implications For Ovarian, Breast And Lung Cancers

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered why measles, perhaps the most contagious viral disease in the world, spreads so quickly. The virus emerges in the trachea of its host, provoking a cough that fills the air with particles ready to infect the next host. The findings may also help in the fight against ovarian, breast and lung cancers.

The findings, published online in the journal Nature, give researchers insight into why some respiratory viruses spread more quickly and easily than others: They found the measles virus uses a protein (called nectin-4) in the host to infect and then leave from the strategic location of the throat.

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