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FaceBook Adds Circle of Support For Metastatic Breast Cancer

April 30, 2012

By Pam Stephan, About.com Guide

FaceBook, the social media site, is hosting a new app called MBC Circle of Support. MBC in this case, stands for Metastatic Breast Cancer, and the app creates an online support community within FaceBook for metastatic patients. Genentech, a drug company that produces several cancer drugs, reports that research shows that most metastatic breast cancer patients feel left out of the annual Pink Ribbon cheeriness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities because their prognosis is much more serious.

Local mom dying of breast cancer gets investigational drug and first dose of Pertuzumab

April 27, 2012

By Linda Hurtado, ABC Action News, Tampa

TAMPA - Darlene Gant arrived at Moffitt Cancer Center with hope in her heart.  The dying cancer patient had a smile on her face because a little bag of hope has finally arrived.   

Pertuzumab is an investigational drug -- not yet approved by the FDA -- that has shown promise in treating Darlene's HER2 positive breast cancer.


A Pink Rethink: Breast-Cancer Spending Comes Under the Microscope

April 27, 2012

By Abigail Pesta, The Daily Beast

The Susan G. Komen flap has put breast cancer in the spotlight, reigniting a key debate in the health community about spending: Is too much money going to mammograms?

When it comes to ending breast cancer, Fran Visco doesn't think pink ribbons and mammograms will get the job done.



Megan MacKenzie to Receive Wilmot Cancer Center Inspiration Award

April 26, 2012

By University of Rochester Medical Center Newsroom

Cancer survivor has raised more than $100,000 to fund care and research at Wilmot

An engaging and energetic cancer survivor, McKenzie was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 2007.  In a case of the worst possible timing, Megan received her cancer diagnosis the day of her mother’s funeral. Almost unbelievably, her father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer just five days later. In yet another cruel twist, her father lost his battle on Christmas Day 2007 at the age of 86.

Link Between Inflammation and Breast Cancer Metastases Identified, May Be Treatable

April 26, 2012

By Science Daily

The incidence of breast cancer-associated metastasis was increased in animal models of the chronic inflammatory condition arthritis, according to results of a preclinical study presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, held in Chicago March 31 -- April 4.

Link between common environmental contaminant and rapid breast cancer growth

April 24, 2012

By American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Breast cancer cells are more aggressive the longer they're exposed to cadmium

Studies by researchers at Dominican University of California show that breast cancer cells become increasingly aggressive the longer they are exposed to small concentrations of cadmium, a heavy metal commonly found in cosmetics, food, water and air particles.


Dying mom's plea for investigational drug is heard. Friends and ABC Action News help make it happen Read more: http://www.abcac

April 21, 2012

By Linda Hurtado, ABC Action News

Genentech says they are working with her doctors to make sure she can start the drug as soon as possible.  Darlene wants to share her story about how you can't give up fighting for life and how any one with a terminal illness can appeal for an investigational drug for compassionate use. It’s not easy and it doesn’t always work but in the coming days we'll share with you what both Darlene and I have learned about the process.

Dying Mother's Plea to FDA: Let Me Have Trial Drug

April 21, 2012

By Denver News

A YouTube video of a mother dying of breast cancer, and pleading with the FDA to give her a trial drug awaiting approval, is heartbreaking.

Doctors develop life-saving drugs from coral reefs

April 21, 2012

By Christina Caron, NBC News

KEY WEST -- The kaleidoscope of life in the coral reefs under the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys is a magnet for tourists, but it’s not just a pretty view.

The same chemistry that helps corals and sponges survive is also helping people fight cancer.

Doctors Redefine Breast Cancer Into 10 Subtypes in Study

April 19, 2012

By Andrea Gerlin, Bloomburg Business Week

Breast cancer stems from 10 genetic subtypes, not four as previously thought, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

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