Breast cancer

Olivia Newton-John: Cancer return delays tour dates

Olivia Newton-John says she has breast cancer and is canceling her June tour.

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Olivia Newton-John, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, announced Monday she is “reluctantly” postponing some tour dates because her cancer has metastasized to her lower back.

Newton-John said on her Facebook page and her website that the recent back pain she has experienced, and which caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has spread to her sacrum, the triangular bone in the lower back between the two hip bones.

Her publicist, Michael Caprio, confirmed the announcement.

Newton-John, 68, said she is postponing June dates in the U.S. and in Canada to undergo treatment, including a short course of photon radiation in addition to “natural wellness therapies.” She said she is “confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”

“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at…

Olivia Newton-John Postpones Tour Dates Due to Breast Cancer

Olivia Newton-John announced Tuesday that she is “reluctantly” postponing next month’s concert tour dates in Canada and the United States. In a statement shared via her social media, she said the back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, the 68-year-old will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy. Newton-John “is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”

The Grease star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992—the same weekend her father died of cancer. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction.

In 2008, she built the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Newton-John issued an additional statement Tuesday. “I decided on my direction of therapies after…

Breast cancer cells spread in an already-armed mob

cluster of tumor cells

New research has revealed that cancer cells travel in mob-like patterns. This is a beneficial discovery because it is known that it is the spread of tumor cells that causes death. Often times, when cancer recurs it is stronger and more deadly than before. It is in part due to the clusters that break off in this way.

Breast cancer cells may break away from the main tumor in clumps, already bearing most of the mutations that will drive cancer recurrence, a study suggests. Shown here is a cluster of circulating tumor cells (red) from a patient with breast cancer.

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COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. — When breast cancer spreads, it moves in gangs of ready-to-rumble tumor cells, a small genetic study suggests. Most of the mutations that drive recurrent tumors when they pop up elsewhere in the body were present in the original tumor, geneticist Elaine Mardis reported May 9 at the Biology of Genomes meeting.

For many types of cancer, it is the spread, or metastasis, of tumor cells that kill people. Because cancer that comes back and spreads after initial treatment is often deadlier than the original tumors,…

Teen Invents Bra that Could Detect Breast Cancer

After almost losing his own mother to the disease, this Mexican teen has patented a bra that can detect early signs of breast cancer.

18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu is the designer of the Eva bra: a brazier with biosensors inside the lining that can moderate the temperature, texture, blood flow, and coloring of a woman’s breasts.

The user only needs to wear the Eva bra for one to two hours per week in order for the apparel to properly monitor the body’s patterns and conditions. All the data is then…

After Almost Losing Mom To Breast Cancer This Teen Designs A Bra That Could Help Detect It Early

Despite all the suffering, hardships also have tremendous inspiration potential. After almost losing his mother to breast cancer, one Mexican teen decided to help women all over the world to detect the disease in its early stages.

“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,” 18-year-old CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, Julián Ríos Cantú says. “The tumor went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months. The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.”

This inspired Ríos Cantú to create Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer early on. The device already won the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards finals competition, in which 56 student entrepreneurs from 56 countries competed.

The cornerstone of Eva are its tactile sensors that map the surface of the breast, and monitor its texture, color and temperature. Users can view their condition via a mobile or desktop app. “We take all that data and store it,”…

Teen Designs Breast Cancer Detection Bra After Almost Losing Mom To The Disease

After nearly losing his mother to breast cancer, a Mexican teen decided to invent something to help women detect the disease during its early stages.

“When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer,” Julián Ríos Cantú said in a company video for his new invention. “The tumor went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months. The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.”

This experienced pushed the now 18-year-old entrepreneur to design Eva, an auto-exploration bra that helps women detect breast cancer early on. Ríos Cantú is currently the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies, a company he established with three close friends when he was 17.

On Saturday, the…