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The Latest On Breast Cancer Stem Cells

 

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The Latest On Breast Cancer Stem Cells

So what are breast cancer stem cells?

They are a specific group of stem cells, which are undifferentiated biological cells capable of creating more cells of the same type, ad infinitum, and from which certain other kinds of cells arise by differentiation.

Breast cancer stem cells were first discovered in 2003 by scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. UM scientists found that just a few breast cancer stem cells were responsible for the growth and spread of breast cancer.  They also found that unless the cancer stem cells could be destroyed, a tumor would be more likely to return and spread malignant cells to other parts of the body, a process called metastasis.

Conventional Therapies For Advanced Breast Cancer Targets The Wrong Cells

Because cancer stem cells are resistant to traditional chemotherapy and radiation, new treatments are needed that can be targeted directly at these stem cells, thus the ongoing research.  UM scientists believe that conventional therapies for advanced breast cancer have limited effectiveness because they are targeting the wrong cells. These therapies were designed to shrink cancers by killing all the rapidly growing cells in a tumor.  The scientists at UM believe that therapies could be more effective and cause fewer side effects if they were aimed specifically at cancer stem cells.  Here is a short 36-second video with Dr Max Wicha from UM explaining a little about breast cancer stem cells.  There are other, longer videos available on You Tube to view should you wish to know more.

In this study: Cancer Stem Cell Markers Are Enriched In Normal Tissue Adjacent To Triple Negative Breast Cancer And Inversely Correlated With DNA Repair Deficiency, published in September 2013, researchers discovered that women with triple-negative breast cancer have more stem cells present in their normal breast tissue than women with other types of cancer.  The scientists felt that “the presence of stem cells may be an important predictive marker for the risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer.”  They stated further studies are needed to determine a causal relationship between stem cells and the breast cancer incidence.

Additionally, the study that I linked to above noted that a small percentage of women with triple-negative breast cancer also had faulty DNA-repair pathways, and put that figure at about one in 9 of women with TNBC.

So What Do We Do With This Information?

First of all, don’t worry about it.  I have only written about this because a few of my readers have asked about breast cancer stem cells. 

If you follow the advice I give in my Diet and Cancer page, you will be well-protected.  Specifically, see my entries about breast cancer stem cells in “broccoli” and “turmeric”.  Keep a strong immune system (for more advice about that see my page 8 Ways To Build A Super Strong Immune System), keep your stress levels down (Yes, take that vacation!  You need it!) and follow my advice in my newsletters and e-books.  If you are doing all these things, you are miles ahead.

References:

http://www.mcancer.org/research/stem-cells/breast

http://breast-cancer-research.com/content/15/5/R77

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Alert – Breast Cancer In Younger Women On The Rise

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Breast Cancer In Younger Women

A new and troubling study published February 27, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association authored by Dr Rebecca Johnson, herself a breast cancer survivor, indicates that the rates of advanced breast cancer among young women has risen slightly.  Here is an abstract of the study.

The authors reviewed a U.S. government database of cancer cases from 1976 to 2009 and they discovered that among women aged 25-39, in whom breast cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, indicating advanced disease, has increased from between 1-2 cases per 100,000 women to about 3 cases per 100,000 during that time span.

This is not good news because the tumors of younger women tend to be more aggressive than those of older women and the fact that they are being found after they have already spread to other parts of the body makes it even more difficult to effect a cure.

Population Increase Not The Whole Reason

Although breast cancer is still more uncommon in women younger than age 40, the study indicated that in the mid 1970’s, there were around 250 advanced cases diagnosed in women younger than age 40.  By 2009, however, the number had risen to more than 800.  During this time period, the number of women of that age range rose nationwide from about 22 million to about 30 million, an increase that might explain part of the study trend “but definitely not all of it,” Dr Johnson said, who is a medical director of a teen and young adult cancer program at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Dr Johnson also stated “The change might be due to some sort of modifiable risk factor, like a lifestyle change” or exposure to some sort of cancer-linked substance, she said.

I’m not reporting this to scare anyone (because I don’t believe scaring you is a good way to get you to make necessary changes), but to inform and empower you to be more proactive with your health.  For mothers and daughters alike (and also men because they can get breast cancer too), it’s important to know the risk factors for breast cancer.

Free Report Covers Cancer Risk Factors, Offers Solutions

I have spent the past 20 years or so compiling information on breast cancer risk factors – delving into research, talking to doctors and natural therapists, and I have compiled what I learned into my report “24 Ways to Decrease Your Cancer Risk” which normally you would need to sign up for my free newsletters to receive.  And you can still do that.  But to show you how serious I am about getting the word out to younger women that they can decrease their risk of cancer by being very proactive, you can also download my report today by clicking this link:  24 Ways to Decrease Your Cancer Risk

Know How To Perform A Breast Self Exam

First and foremost, know your body.  Learn how to check your breasts – click here for the 5 Steps of a Breast Self Exam from breastcancer.org, a wonderfully informational site.  Don’t delay getting yourself to a doctor if you suspect anything unusual may be happening in your body.  Read my report, “24 Ways to Decrease Your Cancer Risk” and do your utmost to keep the risk factors at a minimum.  You owe this to not only yourself, but to your unborn children.

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Stand Up To Cancer Donations Creating Dream Teams: PI3K Studies

Stand Up To Cancer Donations Creating Dream Teams PI3K StudiesI’ve been checking out an interesting website today that I thought you should know about – it is www.pi3k.org.

Remember the “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon?  It’s a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and they raise money for cancer research.  Apparently several “Dream Teams” have been formed with the funds from this telethon and these Dream Teams are comprised of very talented scientists and clinicians who are collaborating.

Who is PI3K.Org?

PI3K.org is comprised of the best minds from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vall D’Hebron Institute of Oncology, and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.  Some great minds collaborating indeed!

Here’s a video explaining where the money goes when you donate to Stand Up To Cancer.

The mission of PI3K.org is to “take scientific and clinical observations and rapidly apply them to cutting edge clinical trials for patients diagnosed with breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.  Our Dream Team is composed of researchers and clinical investigators that have pioneered the discovery of the PI3K pathway and have proven its significance in women’s cancers.”

So What Is PI3K?

Having never heard of the PI3K Pathway before today, I had to go into research mode. Here’s a good explanation of the PI3K Pathway offered by PI3k.org.

Wikipedia also has this to offer: “Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI 3-kinases or PI3Ks) are a family of enzymes involved in cellular functions such as cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, motility, survival and intracellular trafficking, which in turn are involved in cancer.”

Researchers have discovered that with many breast cancer patients, problems occur in the PI3K pathway, resulting in disregulation of cell functions which can contribute to the development of many different types of cancers, including breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers.

If you want ALL the gory details about cell signalling and how PI3K plays its part, click here.  If not, suffice to say that researchers are very actively involved in developing new drugs and therapies which target the PI3K pathway, which is abnormal in about 20-30% of patients with advanced breast cancer.

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Migraines, Breast Cancer Risk, and a Great Recipe

migraines, breast cancer risk, and a great recipe
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More Migraines, Fewer Tumors?

A 2010 research study made its way onto my desk today that I thought was worth sharing.

Published in January 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and titled Migraine History and Breast Cancer Risk Among Postmenopausal Women, the study found that postmenopausal women who have been treated for migraines have a 26% – 33% lower risk of breast cancer than other women.

The researchers made the point that estrogen plays a role in both migraines and some breast cancers.  60% of women with migraines reported having more headaches around the time of menstruation, when estrogen levels change.  Many women reported having few migraines when they were pregnant, particularly around mid-pregnancy when estrogen levels stabilized.

Knowing you’d want to know more, I did some further research.

How Estrogen Plays a Role In Migraines

Estrogen has several important actions in the central nervous system that may account for its association with migraine headaches.  When estrogen levels decline, serotonin levels also fall due to a decline in production coupled with an increased rate of elimination. Serotonin is a nerve transmitter (primarily created in your gastrointestinal tract) and is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.

When serotonin declines, that triggers another hormone known as calcitonin (made in the thyroid gland, it helps to regulate calcium levels) to be released, and along with a few other substances that are released, this causes cranial blood vessels to dilate (expand) and sensitizes particular parts of the trigeminal nerve, which is the largest of the cranial nerves and is responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting, chewing, and swallowing.

I had a massage teacher who always said that headaches were nothing more than a cerebrovascular event – “cerebro” meaning brain and “vascular” meaning blood vessels – it’s when the blood vessels in your brain dilate, causing that pain and throbbing and sometimes impaired vision that migraine sufferers describe.

My very own husband suffers from migraines sometimes and a few years ago I finally found something that absolutely stops a migraine in its tracks – at least it does for him.  Several others who have tried this recipe have also reported success, so I knew I had to share it with you!

Stopping A Migraine Quickly

Supplies:

  • A large glass bowl of cold water
  • Tray full of ice cubes
  • Essential oils of peppermint, ginger, marjoram (make sure they’re therapeutic grade)
  • Washcloth

To the bowl of water, add the tray of ice cubes and two drops each of the three oils.  Mix it up a little but not too much – the oil will float on the water and that’s okay.  Dip in the washcloth and then place onto the forehead of the migraine sufferer.  They will express shock initially because of the icy-ness of the compress, but should within 2-3 minutes gain great relief.  Keep soaking the cloth in the icy mixture and reapplying to the forehead (making sure the oils don’t get into their eyes, that will create a whole different kind of pain!) until the headache is gone.  Wishing you success with this recipe!

If you need to know where to get therapeutic grade essential oils, just contact me.

Source articles:

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/estrogen-associated-migraine

http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/28/6/1005.abstract?sid=217c62b5-cef1-4211-9352-5e9d568e9f12

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British Medical Journal Article: Preventing Overdiagnosis International Conference

sb10063567ai-001On May 29, 2012 the esteemed British Medical Journal published an article titled “Preventing Overdiagnosis: How To Stop Harming The Healthy“.

The opening paragraph of the article reads: Evidence is mounting that medicine is harming healthy people through ever earlier detection and ever wider definition of disease.

I wanted to share this with you because it’s my observation that a lot of women are going through a lot of disfiguring surgeries and treatments for things that may or may not turn into a problem later on.

Overdosed, Over-Treated, Over-Diagnosed

The BMJ article tells us that there is mounting evidence that too many people are being overdosed, over-treated and over-diagnosed. The article goes on to identify the phenomenon of over-medicalization, saying healthy people are increasingly harmed by a barrage of unnecessary tests, procedures and drugs.

The article was timed to promote a new international conference called Preventing Overdiagnosis, that will aim to better assess the problem and begin working on solutions.  Not a moment too soon, I say.

Research Claims Over Half of Breast Cancers Would Amount To Nothing If Left Untreated

What concerns me the most is that academics from Australia and Canada have claimed that up to 54% of breast cancers detected in women in their 50s by breast cancer screening would never have manifested clinically.  See this article published July 10, 2009 in the BMJ: Overdiagnosis in publicly organised mammography screening programmes: systematic review of incidence trends.

I don’t know about you, but if I were one of those 54%, I’d be pissed.  Especially considering the long-term effects of some of the treatments.

Action You Can Take

So what can we do about this?  The International Conference is set to take place on 10-12 September 2013, exactly one year from now.  Here’s a link to their website.  You can submit papers, sign up for updates and find out about attending the conference (to be held at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Hanover, New Hampshire).  You can also email any concerns to info@preventingoverdiagnosis.net.

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I Have Always Said Breast Cancer is Caused By More Than One Thing…

 

breast cancer cells
Breast Cancer Cells

After watching my mother and grandmother go through breast cancer, reading more than 80 books and countless research articles on the subject and then going through it myself, I have long felt that breast cancer is caused by more than one thing.

So I was really interested to read a recent article in the Huffington Post entitled “Breast Cancer is 10 Different Diseases Landmark Study Finds“.

Landmark British Study

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, the University of Columbia, Canada and a number of other institutions worldwide. It was funded by Cancer Research UK, the British Columbia Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and published in the scientific journal “Nature”.

The study examined variations in DNA in nearly 2,000 breast tumors in what was the largest such study of breast cancer tissue in the world, the culmination of decades of work.

The Familiar 4 Subgroups of Breast Cancer

The researchers decided that the term “breast cancer” should be an umbrella term for what appeared to them to be at least 10 quite different diseases.  Up until now, breast cancer had been classified into four subgroups:

  1. Double positive cancers that had high levels of both estrogen and progesterone receptors on tumor cells
  2. Tumors that exhibit high levels of either ER or PR receptors
  3. Double negative cancers that had neither estrogen or progesterone receptors
  4. Tumors that exhibit high levels of HER2, a protein discovered in the 90’s that appears to drive breast cancer in some women

More Articles…

The Huffington Post article was rather disappointing to me because it did not list the other 6 new subgroups, leading me to search further afield.

Britain’s Daily Mail had the article as well and I got a few more tidbits of information:

  • because further research was required, it would be 3-5 years before women with breast cancer would start reaping the benefits of more targeted treatments
  • researchers were pleased because they were closer to their goal for women to receive tailor-made treatments specific to their particular type of breast cancer
  • researchers hoped to speed up the search for more targeted therapy for triple negative breast cancer

The Daily Mail article said “The ‘exquisitely detailed’ analysis also revealed several new genes that drive the growth and spread of the disease. This opens the door for the development of drugs that counter their effects. Knowledge of the genetics of each type of the disease will also speed the development of drugs, allowing women to have treatments tailored to their tumor. A handful of such ‘wonder-drugs’, including Herceptin, are already in use.”

Still no mention of the other 6 subgroups.

Finally an Answer

I spent a few hours reading articles and finally found the very best one that described the 10 clusters or subgroups of breast cancer.  Click here to read this terrific article, written by Henry Scowcroft of scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org. It’s a long one, but worth reading.  Scroll down the page to the paragraph titled “The ten clusters”. There’s no point in my describing the other 6 subgroups of breast cancer when he’s done such a beautiful job of it.

I loved the fact that the researchers were making it a priority to focus on the links between the immune system and cancer, something I’ve felt for a long time should be a primary focus when treating breast cancer.

I would also like to see research being done relating to how stress plays a part in the development of breast cancer.  Nearly every single survivor I’ve spoken to has admitted to me that stress was a huge factor in their lives leading up to the discovery of their breast cancer.  It was the same for me.

So – we’ll have to wait awhile for the results of this study and it won’t help the women going through breast cancer right now, but certainly future generations will reap the benefits.

One other question comes to mind – while I’m grateful to Britain’s researchers for doing this kind of work I do wonder why it’s so frequently British and Australian researchers that are making great strides in breast cancer.  What the heck is going on in American research labs?

Resources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/19/breast-cancer-cancer-research-uk-disease-10-categories-dr-harpal-kumar_n_1436498.html?ref=uk#slide=831773
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2131616/Breast-cancer-treatment-British-study-classifies-disease-10-different-types.html
http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/04april/Pages/breast-cancer-genetic-diversity-mapped.aspx
http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/04/18/increasing-the-resolution-on-breast-cancer-the-metabric-study/

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New Australian Research Aims To Block Tumor Spread in Breast Cancer

research labExciting New Australian Research Focuses on Blocking Tumor Spread in Breast Cancer

My Australian friends have shared with me some great new research being done by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in association with Monash Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

The research shows great potential – as cancer survivors the main anxiety we have is that after undergoing all that treatment they throw at us, at the end of it all we’re left wondering “Did they get it all?  Or will it come back?” Our key concern is the possibility that the cancer cells could spread somewhere else in our body (called metastasis).  That’s how I lost my mother and grandmother, so it was a very real concern to me.

Sneaky Cancer Cells

Dr Belinda Parker of the Metastasis Research Laboratory at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre says that they have discovered that the disease spreads secretly by switching off the interferon immune signalling and hiding in the blood stream.  They are “quite excited by this because therapies that are currently already available can be used to switch this immune signal back on, and we’ve found that that actually prevents the spread of cancer to bone.”

In more simple terms, cancer cells produce signals, the same signals that are produced when we have a bacterial or a viral infection.  Cells that lose these signals are the ones that can spread without detection by the immune system.

Interferon Therapy

Because there are already clinical therapies for hepatitis, HIV, and other cancers like melanoma that can switch the lost signals back on and get the immune system to react to cancer cells, the chances are good that they will be able to create an interferon therapy for breast cancer patients whose tumors exhibit a loss of immune signals.

Dr Parker has proven that interferon therapies effectively reactivate the immune signal in mouse models of breast cancer.

“If we can stop the first spread to bone, then it is possible that we could prevent subsequent metastases to the brain, lung and liver,” Dr Parker said.

In the future (and they aren’t saying when), the pathology tests that determine whether a breast cancer tumor is driven by hormones, what stage it is and what grade it is, et cetera, may also include information about whether this particular tumor has lost its immune signals and, if so, that patient would then be treated with the therapies that switch the signals back on.

Dr Helen Zorbas is the CEO of Cancer Australia and, when interviewed, said that understanding how cancer spreads through the body is like the Holy Grail of medicine, she was excited by the new research.

Holy Grail indeed.  Good work, Aussies!

References:

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3551215.htm

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/bone-breakthrough-could-help-stop-disease-spread/story-fndo3ewo-1226432661341

http://www.petermac.org/PublicationsMedia

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Ian Gawler Cites Surprising British Medical Journal Research About Breast Screening

Ian Gawler Cites Surprising British Medical Journal Research About Breast Screening
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Ian Gawler, one of my thought leaders, is a cancer survivor, author of many books on mind-body medicine (my favorite is “You Can Conquer Cancer“) and formed the Gawler Foundation in 1983.

Today on Ian Gawler’s blog, he cites some surprising research just released by the British Medical Journal that says, in effect, that we are being over-medicalized.   Now, that news is really NOT so surprising when you think about it – what’s surprising is that the eminent BMJ is admitting it.

Ian’s blog stated today “Research claims over half [of] breast cancers would amount to nothing if left untreated, and raises questions about breast screening.  Writing in the prestigious British Medical Journal, academics from Australia and Canada claim up to 54% of breast cancers detected in women in their 50’s by breast cancer screening would never have manifested clinically.”

Now isn’t THAT interesting?

Dr Gawler stated: “The article goes on to identify the phenomenon of over-medicalisation, saying healthy people are increasingly harmed by a barrage of unnecessary tests, procedures and drugs. The tendency to over-screen, over-diagnose and over-treat has become rampant in modern medicine, and poses a ‘significant threat to human health’.”

Arrive At Your Own Truth

As interesting as all of that is – and I will let you draw your own conclusions about it – my absolute favorite part of Dr Gawler’s blog puts into words exactly what I’ve been trying to impart to my readers about arriving at your own truth.  He says “Please do not believe what I say, just because I said it!”

That’s exactly the point I’m trying to make here – my focus is to provide you with information which will empower you to make your own decisions.  Don’t blindly follow any course of action just because someone says you must!  This is your journey, you have every right to choose the therapies that make sense for YOU.

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Portrait of a Breast Cancer Survivor – Artist’s Journey

artist
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I was so inspired by this lovely story – a portrait of a breast cancer survivor named Victoria Behm, who is a NYC artist.  She was diagnosed at the age of 57 with the exact same kind of breast cancer I had.

She made an illustrated notebook of her nine-month journey through breast cancer treatment – see her whole story HERE, along with some of her amazing artwork.  I loved this story because it brought such an element of personal triumph over her breast cancer diagnosis.  I loved her artwork (some of it will make you laugh, especially slide 9) and I especially loved that she’s a survivor.

Enjoy the story and for those of you actively fighting this disease, remember the words of Winston Churchill:

If you’re going through hell, KEEP GOING“!!!!!!

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About Cancer and Emotions: Regret Lowers Your Immunity

 

About Cancer and Emotions Regret Lowers Your Immunity
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About Cancer and Emotions: Regret Lowers Your Immunity

The Huffington Post today added to our knowledge base about cancer and emotions and how interrelated they are.

According to a study done by Montreal’s Concordia University, the distressing feelings that come with experiencing regret can have a negative impact on your immune system.

Not too surprising!  For myself, prior to my breast cancer diagnosis, I was all too aware that I was under a super-abundance of stress and not handling it well at all.  Negative emotions like worry, fear, unremitting anger, an inability to forgive someone – quite simply, they are all toxic.

Experienced for long enough they can depress your immune system, the very thing you need to keep disease at bay or overcome it.

What to do about it?  Well, quite simply you have to do what works for you.  According to livescience.com, if you are able to get in touch with your emotions (name them), you can tame them, according to new research that covers the benefits of meditation and may help to discover why meditation works.

“Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain’s emotion center. That could explain meditation’s purported emotional benefits, because people who meditate often label their negative emotions in an effort to ‘let them go.’  Psychologists have long believed that people who talk about their feelings have more control over them, but they don’t know why it works.”

So you must do what works for you, whether it be talking with your psychiatrist, your best friend, or spending some time in reflective meditation.  Don’t know how to meditate?  Want some help?  I’ve created a downloadable how-to-meditate course specifically for cancer patients.

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Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers in the News

 

Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers in the News
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Chemo Resistant Breast Cancers In The News

One big problem of chemotherapy for breast cancer is that some people have chemo resistant tumors.

This is a major problem for some types of breast cancer and many patients undergo treatment that does not work, thus delaying other more suitable treatments and subjecting the patient to adverse side effects in the process.

New UK Research

Researchers at the University of Hull in the UK have discovered a family of proteins, called biomarkers (which are molecules that allow for the detection and isolation of a particular cell type), that are twice as prevalent in clinical samples obtained from breast cancer patients who were resistant to chemotherapy than those who were successfully treated.

Lead researcher at the University of Hull, Dr Lynn Cawkwell, says: “A major goal in cancer research is to be able to predict the response of a patient to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, a reliable test has not yet been developed to achieve this. We hope our work can help to bring us a step closer.” (Medical News Today, 4.14.12).

Dr Cawkwell is hopeful that by testing for certain proteins, doctors will be able to tell in advance a patient’s response to different chemotherapy agents, and be able to decide which course of treatment is most helpful for them.  Dr Cawkwell’s team is continuing with this study, as well as investigating radiotherapy resistance in a number of different cancers.

We all wish them well in their research.

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