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Wide-Reaching Global Survey Reveals Majority of Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Desire Increased Public Attention

March 14, 2009

By Pfizer

A new global survey of 950 women living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in nine countries (the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium, Poland, the United States, Argentina, Egypt and Mexico) found that despite the negative impact of their disease, a majority still enjoy life and desire public attention that recognizes their unique experiences. Based on the survey results, the international committee of experts overseeing the survey advocate tailored education programs to raise awareness of the needs of women with MBC. Results from this survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive® and sponsored by Pfizer Oncology, were presented today at the 11th International Conference on Primary Therapy of Early Breast Cancer in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Mastectomy Improves Survival in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer: Presented at SSO

March 11, 2009

By Wayne Kuznar

PHOENIX, Ariz — Removal of the intact primary tumour is associated with improved overall survival in breast-cancer patients presenting with metastatic disease, according to research presented here at the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium.

Local Surgery for Primary Breast Tumours Reduces Risk of Death: Presented at SSO

March 8, 2009

By Gabe Waggoner

PHOENIX, Ariz — Local surgery on the tumours of patients with metastatic breast cancer appears to significantly reduce the risk of death, according to findings presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium.

Cancer Drugs: Study Sheds Light On Angiogenesis Inhibitors, Points To Limitations, Solutions

March 6, 2009

By Science Daily

A new generation of cancer drugs designed to starve tumors of their blood supply – called “angiogenesis inhibitors”—succeeds at first, but then promotes more invasive cancer growth—sometimes with a higher incidence of metastases, according to a new study in animals.

Where’s the cure for cancer?

March 4, 2009

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

President Obama’s pledge to conquer cancer “in our time” is a great goal, but one of America’s top cancer experts isn’t sure he’d use the word “cure.” 

Despite chemotherapy, some breast cancers recur, like a “smoldering fire that flares up,” Dr. Otis Brawley said.  “The idea of [calling for] a cure does scare me a little bit because, I don’t think that’s realistic in some cancers,” says Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “But I like the general overall idea, and I’m thrilled about the focus on health.”