Breast Cancer: Some Hope on the Horizon + Patients LIke Cases Co-Managed

by on December 23, 2011

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More Hope To Stopping the Spread of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Pink RibbonScience Daily reported back in November that a research team may have discovered a new specific protein that plays a key role in the spread of cancer throughout the body, outside the initial tumor zone.

This new target is called parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) and they seem to feel that this protein is involved in key stages of both breast cancer initiation and progression.

The team of researchers is based out of Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and headed by Dr. Richard Kremer.

In their studies, they removed the protein in question from a tumor and then observed that there was a 80 to 90 percent reduction of growth.

Discovering this protein will help the fight against breast cancer and the metastasis to other parts of the body.

Their study was made possible by grants from the

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and
  • U.S. Department of Defense.

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There was also an article out out by Medical News Today that indicated that after a conducted study, patients experiencing breast cancer, had a much greater sense of satisfaction of their treatment when their doctors co-managed their situation with a team of doctors.

For those who aren’t aware, when the diagnosis is first delivered to the patient, you don’t realize that your general practitioner only delivers the news.

From that point on, there is a team of specialists that handle your case, that involves a surgeon, a medical oncologist, a radiologist and a primary care physician.

It’s quite the journey for the patient. It’s a journey filled with stark, internal terror. The kind that feels like you are screaming in deep-space… but no one can hear you.

It’s an interesting study that goes more in-depth on the situations that patients appreciated and might be worth checking out.

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In Case You Didn’t Know

Breast cancer affects an estimated 200,000 new women each year. Or, 1 in 8 women. Think about that folks. For every 8 women you know, either directly or indirectly, you know someone impacted by this disease.

As I’ve come to start talking to more people in my life, it seems like almost everyone I know has been impacted in one way or another by breast cancer.

I know everyone has their own focus on what charitable organization they give to. I understand that. But if so inclined… there are a few options in my sidebar, near the top.

Sources, if you want to learn more on what I spoke to here today:

[sciencedaily]

[medicalnewstoday]

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