Acupuncture Dramatically Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors
Findings also Highlight Acupuncture's Ability to Induce a Stronger Placebo Effect than Oral Medications.
Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Hot flashes are particularly severe and frequent in breast cancer survivors, but current FDA-approved remedies for these unpleasant episodes, such as hormone replacement therapies are off–limits to breast cancer survivors because they include estrogen. The results of the study are published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Peach extract slows breast cancer growth, spread
A Washington State University food scientist and colleagues at Texas A&M have found that compounds in peaches can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread.
Writing in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the researchers say the compounds could be a novel addition to therapies that reduce the risk of metastasis, the primary killer in breast and many other cancers. The compounds could be given as an extract or, judging from the doses given mice in the study, two to three peaches a day.
“I would do three peaches a day,” said Giuliana Noratto, WSU assistant professor of food science.
A new virus in liver cancer
More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Descartes University, Paris 13 University (USPC), and Paris Diderot University have just identified the role of a new virus, hitherto unsuspected, in the occurrence of a rare type of liver cancer.
This study, based on follow-up and observation of 193 patients, is published in the 24 August issue of Nature Genetics.
Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells, identify druggable target to potentially root out disease, end relapse
Focused electrical blasts increase survival for patients with pancreatic cancer
Use of irreversible electroporation (IRE) doubles the survival time for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer say researchers at the University of Louisville in a paper in the September edition of the Annals of Surgery.
“The appropriate and precise use of IRE in appropriately selected patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer can result in a median overall survival close to 24 months, which is nearly double the survival rate with the best new chemotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy,” said Robert Martin, M.D., Ph.D., director of surgical oncology at UofL.