Some drug combinations associated with lower mortality rates among breast cancer patients

December 2016

Some drug combinations associated with lower mortality rates among breast cancer patients

In a study led by Stanford University, researchers looked at data from nearly 10,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2013, of whom about 12 percent died within five years of the diagnosis. The team examined 294 drugs in more than 43,000 pairwise combinations to look for synergistic effects on survival, where the combined effect is greater than each individual drug effect.

Three combinations -- Anti-inflammatories and antihormone therapies, anti-inflammatories and lipid modifiers, and lipid modifiers and obstructive airway drugs -- showed a likely molecular mechanism linked to breast cancer survival. 

This study used the Oncoshare database. The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) operates the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry which contributes findings to the database. Read more.

CPIC researcher presented on the epidemiology of breast, prostate and lung cancer in Taiwan

On November 28, Scarlett Lin Gomez was invited to speak on “Epidemiology of breast, prostate, and lung cancer among Asian Americans: Accelerating cancer knowledge by leveraging heterogeneity” at the 2016 International Symposium of Cancer Center of Excellence – Innovative Research in Cancer Prevention and Treatment. 

The Symposium was hosted by the Taiwan National Health Research Institute and sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare, the two major public research institutes in Taiwan.

CPIC now offering cancer prevention workplace seminars

Cancer prevention workplace seminars are now available through CPIC. You choose the specific cancer prevention topic for a 50-minute presentation conducted at your office during the work day. Contact us to learn more.

Your support is needed to get in front of cancer

As you finalize your year-end giving, please consider a donation to CPIC. CPIC has been at the forefront of cancer prevention for over 40 years. Your contribution will support our cancer research and education initiatives so we can get in front of cancer.

So far this year, researchers at CPIC have published over 70 studies to better understand links to the causes of cancer. 

With only 7% of the current federal cancer research budget supporting prevention, your support is needed now more than ever before. Please give what you can.

DanceFAR – a spectacular event for an important cause

On November 29, 700 supporters of cancer prevention gathered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the 5th annual DanceFAR performance, a benefit for CPIC. Since our first DanceFAR performance in 2012, you have helped us raise over $450,000 for CPIC’s cancer prevention research and education initiatives. 

Our thanks goes out to the dancers, sponsors, food and beverage donors, ticket purchasers and the many other supporters who made the event possible. View the photos on Facebook

Photo: Alex Reneff-Olson

  The importance of sleep and exercise shared by CPIC researcher at Pink in December event

Supporting other cancer nonprofits in our community is important to CPIC. CPIC researcher Ingrid Oakley-Girvan spoke about exercise, sleep and telomeres and their significance for breast cancer survivors during the 2nd Annual Pink in December benefit for the Webb Family Seed Foundation on December 3. 

The Webb Family Seed Foundation is a community nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by health disparities and other barriers.

Chicken soup to warm your body and soul on a winter day

If you are like many of us trying to fight a winter cold, or just looking for a healthy and hearty meal, you need to get into the kitchen and make a pot of Robust Chicken Soup from Rebecca Katz’s The Healthy Mind Cookbook.

  The ins and outs of health data sharing to be explored at PMWC Silicon Valley

We all agree that sharing genomic and other health data will enable the next wave of scientific advancements which ultimately translates to better diagnoses, treatment options, and overall well-being for patients. Yet, there are many hurdles we still have to overcome when it comes to generating, sharing, securing, and extracting knowledge from big health data. 

These include accumulating the right amount and kind of data to understand the underpinnings of cancer, making sense of big health data, and creating solutions that allow sharing of sensitive patient data in a secure and standardized way to maximize the potential benefits for scientific and medical insights. 

Health data sharing is among the many important topics to be explored at the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) returning to Mountain View January 23 – 25. Register here to save 10%.

Happy Holidays from CPIC!
Best wishes to you and your loved ones. 

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