Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Every Treatment Has a Story: The LATESTBreastCancer News Features

You'll find a variety of information on Medical Journal Abstracts are links to published research papers. Descriptions are links to reputable websites with general overview information. Both provide valuable information about the tests and treatments listed on our site. However, there is more to a test or treatment option than data and descriptions. Every product has a story. The News features of tell those stories.

Some drugs are in very early development. Published research data and overviews are not yet available, but news coverage provides valuable information. For example, on the Bezielle (BZL101) page of our site, you'll read news reports about positive Phase 1 trial results and the issuance of a patent. A link to a Spring 2011 Cure Today article covers the origin of the drug, (a herb used in Chinese medicine,) early trial results and future planned trials. Without this news, Bezielle wouldn't have a voice.

Some products are embroiled in international controversy. On the Avastin (bevacizumab) page, the Medical Journal Abstracts section covers published research data about the drug. The Descriptions tab provides links to overviews about how the drug works with notes for patient use. The real story, however, is found under the News tab. That's where you'll read about the United States (FDA) and United Kingdom revoking approval for metastatic patients. You'll read about the patient backlash and the pending appeal of the FDA decision. You'll learn that the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently reaffirmed its recommendation for Avastin, despite the FDA decision, and that some insurance companies continue to pay for Avastin. Just this week, the European Union expanded its approval for Avastin. Future news will undoubtedly cover the results of the pending appeal.

Drugs aren't the only products to make news. This week, the FDA expanded a recall of a device used during Axxent eBx Brachytherapy System radiation treatments. Also, there was a story in the UK Daily Mail about a patient's experience with INTRABEAM intraoperative radiotherapy.

At LATESTBreastCancer, we update the news every day. Where can you find news on our site? First, almost every test, surgery and treatment has a News tab on its product page. There, you will find all news items relating to that product. Subscribers will have additional access under the News and Journals tab, where the most important news relevant to your diagnosis is highlighted. You can see news from the last two years, six months or month. It's a great way to check-in with the site to see what's most important in one easy place. Remember, there's news for just about every product on our site, including tests, complementary therapies and lifestyle options. Be sure to scroll around and explore News and Journals. Finally, news will be highlighted on this blog page, so be sure to check back often.

We're looking forward to keeping you posted. Please stay tuned.

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