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April 27th, 2017

Developing new tests to find and defeat cancer at its earliest stages

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Mammography and other screening tools have made great strides in finding cancer early, when it is most likely to be successfully treated. However, some early-stage cancers are missed by conventional screening and are only detected when symptoms occur. Mayo Clinic and other research institutions are wondering: could a blood test complement current practice to improve […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Dr. Celine Vachon, Dr. Fergus Couch, Dr. Minetta Liu, Precision Medicine


February 28th, 2017

More women eligible for Herceptin, benefit uncertain

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

Updated guidelines underscore need to identify the most optimal candidates for HER2-directed therapy. Changes to HER2 testing guidelines for breast cancer in 2013 significantly increased the number of patients who test positive for HER2 breast cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. The researchers published their HER2 breast cancer study results online July 25, 2016, in […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Cancer Research, Dr. Robert Jenkins, Forefront, HER2, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 5th, 2017

Researchers identify unique breast microbiome

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers has identified evidence of bacteria in breast tissue and found differences between women with and without breast cancer. These research findings were published in the August 3, 2016, issue of Scientific Reports. “Our research found that breast tissue samples obtained in the operating room under sterile conditions contain bacterial […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Amy Degnim, Dr. Nick Chia, Dr. Tina Hieken, Forefront, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Microbiome


January 17th, 2017

Avoid routine double mastectomy when possible

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Consensus group urges weighing pros, cons and patient preference in unilateral breast cancer. A position paper issued by the American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends against contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) for average-risk women with breast cancer in only one breast. The recommendation on prophylactic mastectomy, published online July 28, 2016, in the Annals of Surgical […]

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Tags: American Society of Breast Surgeons, breast cancer, double mastectomy, Forefront, Judy Boughey, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


December 20th, 2016

New breast cancer treatment increases chances women can save their breasts

By meghanknoedler meghanknoedler

A very close family friend was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Even before all of her tests results came back she said, “Take both of my breasts, I don’t care.”  When someone you know or love is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s terrifying.  All too commonly, our minds go to surgery.  This is what […]

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Tags: breast cancer, breast surgery, cancer treatment, cancer trials, clinical trials, Judy Boughey


December 13th, 2016

Nipple-sparing mastectomy may be a good option

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Technique offers a safe way to reduce breast cancer risk in carriers of the BRCA mutation. Mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin prevent breast cancer as effectively as do more-invasive surgeries for women with a genetic mutation called BRCA, a multi-institution study led by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center found. The study findings were presented […]

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Tags: BRCA, breast cancer, Forefront, James Jakub, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, nipple-sparing


June 19th, 2014

Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery Resident Wins 1st Prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

Mayo Clinic plastic surgery resident Sebastian Winocour, M.D., has won first prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation at the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons  annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Winocour presented findings of a Mayo surgical quality improvement study aimed at preventing the death of skin on the breast, called breast skin necrosis, after mastectomy with […]

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Tags: Amy Degnim, breast cancer, breast cancer reconstruction, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic, Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, necrosis, Sebastian Winocour, surgery, surgical outcomes, Valerie Lemaine


January 2nd, 2014

Reversing Breast Cancer With Injectable Nanoparticles

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A Mayo Clinic researcher, along with collaborators from Harvard Medical School, developed a method to first identify a breast-cancer-promoting gene and then specifically target this gene with a nanoparticle-based, injectable therapy that reverses breast cancer in mice.  The results, published this week in Science Translational Medicine, may provide a first step in developing a new […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Harvard, HoxA1, Mayo Clinic, nanoparticles


June 3rd, 2013

No Need to Test Breast Cancer for This Biomarker

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Edith Perez, M.D., an internationally known breast cancer researcher, and deputy director at large of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, is fond of finding simplicity in treatment where possible. Her recent study has done just that. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a national team of researchers, including investigators at Mayo Clinic in Florida […]

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Tags: biomarkers, breast cancer, Edith Perez, HER2, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, PTEN


December 14th, 2009

Mayo Researchers at Breast Cancer Conference

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Mayo Clinic’s breast cancer research came in for extra attention recently at the American Association for Cancer Research conference in San Antonio, Texas. Among others, Edith Perez, M.D., conducted a variety of media interviews in addition to her regular presentations on herceptin research. James Ingle, M.D. was also on hand and was featured in an […]

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Tags: AACR, breast cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium


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