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Breast Cancer Caught in the Act of Spreading

January 31, 2013

By Heidi Ledford, Nature

An analysis of breast cancer cells captured as they escape from primary tumours has provided the best clinical evidence to date in favour of a popular theory of cancer metastasis.

Ending Breast Cancer by 2020? NBCC President Fran Visco Discusses the Goal

January 25, 2013

By Paul Goldberg, The Cancer Letter

Two years ago, the National Breast Cancer Coalition set the deadline to end breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020. The Cancer Letter invited NBCC President Fran Visco to talk about pursuing this goal. Visco spoke with The Cancer Letter editor Paul Goldberg, defenidng the deadline and responding to a recent critical editorial in Nature.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network Names Shirley Mertz New President

January 15, 2013

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) announced the following leadership changes, effective as of January 1, 2013. Shirley Mertz is the new President, replacing former president Michele Przypyszny. Ginny Knackmuhs will serve as Vice President. New board member Katherine O’Brien replaces Kathy Coursey-Boes. Katherine will serve as Secretary and Public Relations Chair. Board members Joani Gudeman and Deb Tincher continue to serve as Chair of Outreach and Volunteers and Chair of Conferences and Fundraising, respectively.

Aggressive Breast Cancer's Metastatic Path Revealed

January 15, 2013

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have discovered the molecular switch that allows aggressive triple negative breast cancer cells to grow the amoeba-like protrusions they need to crawl away from a primary tumor and metastasize throughout the body. Their findings, published in Cancer Cell, suggest a novel approach for developing agents to treat cancer once it has spread.

 

Cancer victims could be hindering treatment by taking multivitamins

January 10, 2013

By Nick Collins, Science correspondent, The Telegraph (UK)

Late-stage cancer victims could be thwarting their own treatment by taking multivitamin pills containing antioxidants, the Nobel Prize winning scientist James Watson has warned.

LBBC and Metastatic Breast Cancer Network Release New Publication

January 9, 2013

By Globe newswire

LBBC and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network announce the release of The Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, a free publication to help address the needs you may have in the first months following a diagnosis of metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer.

The Value of Checking Metastases in Advanced Breast Cancer

January 3, 2013

By Richard C. Frank, MD, Web MD blog

Traditionally, oncologists have not always performed a biopsy of metastatic tumors because it has been assumed that their treatment can be based on the properties of the primary tumor. But new research, that I discuss below, suggests that performing such a biopsy may be a good idea.