Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has been difficult to design particles that can carry any more than that in a precise ratio.
For women who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, preventive oophorectomy substantially reduced the risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer and all-cause mortality, according to a prospective study of 5783 women followed up for an average of 5.6 years (Finch A et al. J Clin Oncol. doi:10.1200/JCO.2013.53.2820 [published online February 24, 2014]).
Sisters Patti Broccoli, Cathy Balsamo and Cindy Lepore share many traits, including their height (5'4"), round faces, blue eyes, and, as it turns out, a mutation to their BRCA1 gene, which put them all at a heightened risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
There is a difference between being alive and actually living. It was a difference that took a Stage IV diagnosis of breast cancer for me to understand.I was busy with the mundane activities of life. I was a 28 year old stay at home mother to a set of 4 year old twins in preschool and a 2 ...