Estrogen on the Brain: How Hormones Might Be Increasing Brain Metastasis

Reading time: 3 minutes Sara Musetti One of the realities of cancer is that the primary tumor is rarely the cause of issues; usually, mortality and complications come from tumor cells spreading throughout the body and forming new tumors, a process called metastasis. For most cancers, the primary tumor can be surgically removed, but once …

Surviving breast cancer: it’s not over even when it’s over

Reading time: 4 minutes Swetha Srinivasan “Congratulations, you are cancer free!” Hearing these words from the oncologist must come as an overwhelming relief to patients, as surviving a cancer diagnosis is one of the hardest things a person can do over their lifetime. Yet, beating cancer changes a person profoundly, and for many, the end …

Players in Cancer Metastasis and Relapse

Reading time: 5 minutes Rachel Cherney Patients with metastatic cancer usually have a lower survival rate than patients without metastatic cancer, so it is important to understand how metastatis occurs, so we can learn how to improve patient survivability. Metastatic cancer makes up about 90% of cancer deaths. Cancer metastasis occurs when tumor cells break …

Where you live and how much money you make affects your likelihood of surviving cancer

Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D. When we talk about cancer research we are probably just thinking about scientists in lab coats, gloves, and safety goggles looking at test tubes full of cancer cells. While this is true, cancer research doesn’t just happen in a test tube or broadly, in a laboratory. The practice of studying cancer from …

New frontiers in breast cancer management

Tamara Vital Over the last several decades, the survival rate for most kinds of breast cancer have increased due to earlier detection, new targeted therapies, and combination treatment modalities. As we’ve discussed before at Oncobites, cancer is not a single disease. It turns out that multiple distinct subtypes exist even within the category of “breast …