10 Things We Learned About Progress Against Cancer in 2015

A review of major developments in cancer research and breast cancer in 2015.Looking back over the past year, what were some of the big things we learned that contribute to the progress that’s being made against cancer?

Here are ten of the stories that stood out most for me. Some involved new treatments or evolving treatment approaches. Others were about important policy issues, including the high costs of cancer care, and the pressing need for solutions. And again this year we were reminded of the importance of accuracy when it comes to reporting about celebrity cancer stories. Continue reading

5 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Summer 2015

Cancer research news for Summer 2015 reflected a growing emphasis on matching patients with treatments based on the molecular characteristics of their cancer.What’s exciting in cancer research right now? In this post, I’ll review several of the most interesting cancer research stories that have been in the news this Summer.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its annual meeting in June. A major theme reflected in numerous reports about the meeting was the need for more intensive efforts to match patients with treatments based on the molecular characteristics of their cancer, and incorporating this approach into clinical trials. Continue reading

Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer: A Look At New Research Findings

New research sheds light on the role of progesterone in hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.A recent article in the journal Nature describes some interesting new discoveries that have been made about the role of the hormone progesterone in hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

The role of progesterone and its receptor in breast cancer has not been well understood. And there has been some controversy about the value of this biomarker in selecting treatment for patients.

The study results, if confirmed, could potentially lead to improved treatment options for women with this common sub-type of breast cancer. Continue reading

5 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Spring 2015

Cancer research news in Spring 2015 included clinical trial results for immune system therapies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.What’s exciting in cancer research right now?  In this post, I’ll briefly review several notable cancer research stories that have come out this Spring.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

Therapies that boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer continued to figure highly in cancer research news this Spring, including news from the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Continue reading

6 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Winter 2015

Cancer research news in early 2015 included first-time FDA approvals of drugs in several new categories.What’s exciting in cancer research right now? In this post, I’ll briefly review several notable cancer research stories that have come out over the last two to three months.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they continue to unfold.

Some of the topics covered this time include targeted therapies, reducing treatment toxicities and triple negative breast cancer.

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San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2014: Where Is Research Headed?

The 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium highlighted potential new treatment strategies that are opening up as a result of advances in understanding of cancer biology.Innovative new approaches to breast cancer treatment that were featured at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium could eventually have a big impact on the way breast cancer is treated.

Potential new treatment strategies are opening up as a result of recent advances in knowledge of cancer biology as well as improved understanding of how our immune system functions.  Technological advances are playing a big role too. Continue reading