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Stromal Factors Act as Early Markers of Malignancy

Stromal Factors

Detecting breast cancer early offers the best chance for a good outcome. Thea Tlsty and Stephanie Jeffrey found a way to identify certain markers in breast stromal fibroblasts that are associated with tumor growth. The team is working methods to use those markers to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage and to predict disease progression risk.

Science Literacy & Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Education

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Ideal clinical trials include diverse populations so that medical advances can be effectively tested and put into clinical practice. Unfortunately, minority participation is low, resulting in limitations to cutting-edge treatments. Georgia Sadler and Natasha Riley are working together to develop an internet tool to enable African American and Hispanic American women  to learn about breast cancer clinical trials and the importance of participation.

Inhibition of Brain Metastases in Breast Cancer

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The spread of breast cancer to the brain is one of the most feared complications of the disease. Brunie Felding-Habermann and her team are using innovative antibody delivery methods and stem cells as agents to deliver chemotherapy to specifically kill brain metastases, while leaving healthy brain cells intact.

Telephone-based Decision Support for Rural Patients

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Consultation Planning is a method of helping patients prepare for their medical appointments so that they can make informed decisions about their treatments. Sara O'Donnell and Jeff Belkora are now testing the effectiveness of delivering their Consultation Planning service via telephone, which would especially benefit breast cancer patients living in rural areas, or who have challenges in traveling.

Early Breast Cancer Detection Using 3-D Ultrasound Tomography

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Thomas Nelson at the University of California, San Diego, and his collaborators are developing a new machine for detecting breast cancer, called the Volume Breast Ultrasound (VBUS). It has several advantages over mammography, including the ability to detect smaller lumps without the use of radiation or breast compression.

Breast Cancer Risks in California Nail Salon Workers

Cosmetics

Linda Okahara of Asian Health Services and Peggy Reynolds of the Northern California Cancer Center teamed up to investigate the potential connection between workplace exposure to environmental carcinogens and the risk of developing breast cancer. Nail salon workers use many organic solvents on a daily basis. The researchers will determine the level of exposure Vietnamese nail workers undergo and whether the incidence of breast cancer is significantly different than in other sections of the population.

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