Research Worth Watching

Research Worth Watching: Learning More About Metastases

Precision medicine is doing more than helping us to identify an exact mutation in a cancer cell and the drug that matches it. It is also allowing us to do new kinds of research on metastatic disease. We need this type of research because breast cancer deaths are...

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Research Worth Watching: What is Normal?

Medical science was based originally on the idea that tissues and diseases were pretty much the same in everybody.  Technological advances have allowed us to subclassify breast and other cancers based on molecular markers on the tumor.  For breast cancer,...

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Research Worth Watching: the Precision Medicine Project

Usually I use this space to tell you about some new molecular finding that changes the way we think about breast cancer. But after two trips to the East Coast this month to talk about the President’s Precision Medicine Project, I thought I should bring you up to date...

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Research Worth Watching: The Twittersphere of Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are not loners. They communicate with each other, with the other cells in their neighborhood, and with cells in the entire universe of your body. Now, a flurry of basic research has led to new insights into this communication and an exciting new realm of...

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Research Worth Watching: Another Look at Dense Breasts

It has recently been estimated that 43% of women between 40 and 74 have dense breasts on mammogram. That actually calculates out to 27.6 million women! By now we all know the limitations of mammography screening particularly when women have dense breasts. Not only...

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Research Worth Watching: International Symposium on the Breast

Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research’s 8th International Symposium on the Breast provides a unique opportunity for scientists and clinicians who conduct intraductal research or whose research could enhance the intraductal field to share knowledge and...

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Research Worth Watching: Epigenetics and Breast Cancer

Better scientific tools have allowed researchers to learn more about inherited genetic mutations that increase risk or mutations that develop inside of the cancer cell that help fuel its growth. Breast cancer happens to have good examples of both kinds of mutations....

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Research Worth Watching: Immunotherapy

As I mentioned in my AACR blog earlier this spring, there has been a sea change in the approach to treating breast cancer. In the past, most of the focus has been on killing the cancer cells with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. More recently, we have tried to...

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