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Breast Cancer Gene Patents Struck Down

A biotechnology company that holds patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes may lose them after a federal judge ruled that seven of their 23 patents involving the genes tied to breast and ovarian cancers should not have been granted, the New York Times reports. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation filed a suit last year, claiming that patents held by Myriad Genetics kept competitors from creating tests to find mutations in the genes and stifled research.If the court’s decision is upheld, the biotechnology industry would “have to get more creative about how to retain exclusivity and attract capital in the face of potentially weaker patent protection,” said Kenneth Chahine, who filed an amicus brief for Myriad, the Times reports. Read the rest of this entry »


pomegranate and cancer

Eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice may help prevent and slow the growth of some types of breast cancer. A new study shows a group of phytochemicals called ellagitannins found in abundance in pomegranates inhibited the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancer in laboratory tests. Read the rest of this entry »


Teresa Heinz heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune fighting cancer

Teresa Heinz, a part-time Wood River Valley resident for more than 30 years, has announced that she is being treated for breast cancer, but has a 95 percent chance of recovery.

Heinz, 71, and her husband, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, own a house just north of Ketchum along the Big Wood River. Read the rest of this entry »


Medicine for Osteoporosis may cut breast cancer risk

Breast Cancer

Women who took a commonly used class of osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates had significantly fewer invasive breast cancers than women not using the bone-strengthening pills, according to a new analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative. Read the rest of this entry »


Experts question motives of mammogram guidelines


Cancer experts fear new U.S. breast imaging guidelines that recommend against routine screening mammograms for women in their 40s may have their roots in the current drive in Washington to reform healthcare. Read the rest of this entry »


breast cancer treatment breakthroughs

Targeting Breast Tumors with SeedsOctober is officially tagged “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. Of recent, there have been a lot of medical breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of Breast Cancer. Scientists have identified more accurate tools for screening younger women who are more likely to get the most dangerous forms and new strategies have also been developed for the treatment of newly diagnosed pregnant women.  Advanced research has led to the development of better, less toxic drugs to guard against recurrences. Read the rest of this entry »


Breast Cancer also targets men

breast cancer in manHélio de Carvalho knows all too well that breast cancer isn’t only a women’s illness.The Brazilian immigrant, 52, not only lived with the disease, but survived due to early detection.”I found it during a game with my ex-wife. I made her do self-exams and she told me I would have to do it too. That’s precisely when we noticed a lump on me. I thought it was nothing, but the doctor detected cancer,” Carvalho said. Read the rest of this entry »


No NHS Funding For Breast Cancer Drug Lapatinib

Lapatinib Breast Cancer

UK’s drug watchdog National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has advised against public funding of Tyverb® (lapatinib) on grounds of cost. The drug is a treatment for an aggressive form of advanced breast cancer (ErbB2-positive). Drug makers GSK say they are considering an appeal against the decision. Read the rest of this entry »