How Scientists Are Treating Breast Cancer Using the Immune System

As a pharmacist, Kathy James considers herself well educated about the importance of getting regular cancer screenings. Even though the 55-year-old had no history of cancer in her family, she never skipped her regular mammograms, and she gave herself regular breast exams. So she was dumbfounded when, during one of those self-exams in May 2017, she felt a marble-size lump in her left breast. A visit to the doctor confirmed it. “The radiologist came in with his hands in his pockets and looked down and said, ‘It doesn’t look good,'” James says. After a biopsy, James and her husband learned she had metastatic breast cancer. It was their 26th wedding anniversary. James immediately wanted to have both breasts surgically removed, which she believed would drastically reduce the chance that the cancer would spread. “I wanted to be done with it all,” she says. “I was hell-bent on getting the double mastectomy.” If James had been diagnosed even five years earlier, she likely would have gone through with the radical surgery, even though it would not have guaranteed her cancer would not spread, or return. A friend who is a cancer doctor advised her against getting the surgery and referred her to Dr. Brian Czerniecki at Moffitt Cancer Center, who told her about a pioneering study he was conducting to test a completely new way of fighting breast cancer–not solely with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery but by harnessing the power of her...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized breast cancer news Frontiers of Medicine Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research
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Malignant chondroid syringoma (MCS; malignant mixed tumour) is a rare neoplasm typically arising on the extremities and trunk. We are report 2 unique cases of MCS, one occurring on the scalp of a 78-year-old man and the other on the trunk of a 72-year-old woman. Both tumours harboured malignant epithelial and malignant mesenchymal components. The latter was represented by liposarcoma in the first case. The malignant components of the second tumour comprised spindle cell squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and osteosarcoma. Origin from a pre-existing benign chondroid syringoma was clearly evident in both neoplasms. The presence o...
Source: Dermatopathology - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
Conclusions: In conjunctival melanoma, nuclear localization and activation of β-catenin appear to be limited, suggesting that inhibition of ARF6, responsible for β-catenin activation, in subsets of skin melanoma may not represent a treatment option for this tumor. In vitro, Wnt3a or Wnt5a did not induce nuclear β-catenin localization.Dermatopathology 2019;6:50 –62
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