Category Archives: Cancer Research

The Hardest Idea: Less is More

When I was first diagnosed, my response—other than to turn the whole cancer nightmare into a research project—was to cry, “Nuke it! Nuke it! Nuke It!” I had the Valkyrie response: “Kill the wabbit! Destroy that cancer! Do everything!” I … Continue reading

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Eat Junk as a Kid? That might increase your breast cancer risk

Every time I turn around, there seems to be another study showing that diet and lifestyle influence your risk of dread diseases. We have known that about heart disease for a while, and to that we can now add: diabetes, … Continue reading

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Not so Fast

You’d have had to be mostly asleep during the last couple days to miss the news that a big breast cancer study has come out of the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer Genome Atlas Project, a government effort that has … Continue reading

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It’s even harder than we thought

Today, the New England Journal of Medicine publishes a paper that shows that genetic mutations—the garbled DNA code that can kill you—often differs within the same cancer tumor. This is a huge deal. Why? Because dozens, if not hundreds, of … Continue reading

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Caution: Eating may be bad for your health

My husband jokes that I’ve never forgotten a meal. He also teases me because as soon as I’ve finished one meal, a big burger for a Saturday lunch say, I’m already planning the next, “What do you want for dinner … Continue reading

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Tethered cancer drugs a one-two punch?

This week a new study is presented in Sweden suggesting that it may be possible to tether cancer drugs together to make them more effective. A team led by Sara Hurvitz of UCLA created T-DM1 which links Herceptin to a … Continue reading

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When a gut feeling gets science behind it

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I had this mental image of an invading army of cancer cells, careening around my bloodstream, looking for a new place to set up shop. I thought a lot about stories I’ve … Continue reading

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