San Antonio’s Texas Cancer Clinic recently conducted a site-specific radiation procedure, called AccuBoost, on a 75-year-old breast cancer patient. The treatment was designed to deliver focused radiation to the lumpectomy cavity. “This non-invasive, real time image-guided treatment will ensure better targeting of the lumpectomy cavity and makes it possible to see what you treat and treat what you see,” said Sylvia Zubyk, radiation oncologist at the Texas Cancer Clinic. AccuBoost can be delivered either before or after the main external beam portion of women's treatment plans. It can also serve as a replacement for the boost phase of whole breast irradiation. This treatment involves the latest advances in radiation therapy to save life in the fight against cancer.
A report published this week in the British Journal of Cancer confirmed that ‘Arimidex’ (anastrozole) is a cost-effective treatment for early breast cancer, based on criteria established by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). "Recurrence is the single most important factor which increases total cost of breast cancer therapy. Therefore, reducing recurrence would have the largest influence on breast cancer spending," said Robert Mansel, professor at the University of Wales College of Medicine. "This model demonstrates that by prescribing a more effective treatment, that reduces the risk of recurrence compared to tamoxifen, you can potentially reduce the overall economic burden on the healthcare system of treating breast cancer in this setting."
Researchers at the University of Southern California and University of Hawaii found that women who ate at least one quarter of a grapefruit every day had a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The study looked at 50,000 post-menopausal women and found that eating just a quarter of a grapefruit daily raised the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 30%. The researchers believe grapefruit boosts estrogen levels - the hormone associated with a higher risk. "This is an interesting study, but is simply a piece of the jigsaw that will eventually help us to understand how our diets affect our health,” said Joanne Lunn, nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.
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