Breast Cancer Patients at Increased Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a serious condition that occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly, ineffectively moving blood into the ventricles. Individuals with AF have a fivefold increase of having a stroke and a doubled chance of developing heart-related ailments that ultimately end in death. According to a new study, the risk for developing AF increases in breast cancer patients as a result of inflammation caused by both the cancer itself and side effects of treatment. "Mod...

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PTUPB: A Key to Hindering Tumor Inflammation

Although chemotherapy is a potent treatment, it sometimes causes dying cancer cells to become inflamed, triggering the growth of more malignant cells. Researchers have discovered a new anti-inflammatory compound that decreases tumor inflammation and reduces cancer growth in ovarian tumors in mice. In these recent developments, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, investigators discovered that first-line platinum- and taxane-based chemotherapies fuel a macrophage-derived ...

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