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New Research Suggests Pregnancy Is OK After Breast Cancer Treatment

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Last month we learned that women getting treated for cancer with chemotherapy can still have a safe pregnancy, but more recent research is finding that women who have been treated for breast cancer in the past can successfully give birth.

The medical community previously believed that pregnancy can raise levels of estrogen and cause the cancer to return because the hormone triggers proteins in cancer cells. Experts recommended breast cancer survivors wait at least 2 years to conceive, but a research team at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels says otherwise.

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Rosie O'Donnell Bans Piers Morgan From The Rosie Show!

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She wouldn't be her without a little controversy!

Rosie O'Donnell recently revealed that although she's started taking Estrogen to help calm down some of her, outbursts, for which she's famous the past few years or so, she still has no interest in having Piers Morgan on her new talk show, The Rosie Show - because he banned her good friend, Madonna, from his!

She explains:

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Three New Genes Discovered May Lead To Breast Cancer Cure

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Science rocks!

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered three, previously unknown, genes near the estrogen receptor in breast cancer patients, which may lead to a new and more effective treatment in as little as 5 years!

In a 5-year study, scientists studied the DNA of 104 breast cancer patients, all of which had something known as estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer or ER+. This particular diagnosis accounts for 4 out of 5 breast tumors.

Estrogen fuels the tumor by latching onto proteins on the surface of cancer cells known as receptors.

Doctors have been using treatments to cut off the supply of estrogen to the receptors, however, tumors frequently became resistant to this type of treatment and return after surgery to spread throughout the body.

Although the estrogen receptor is still the main cause of hormonal breast cancer, researchers hope to study the three genes, which all act separately and exert influence over the cancers behavior, to come up with a new treatment.

Dr. Anita Dunbier, the study's lead author, said:

"We now have to look further at how these genes work but the discovery could lead to possible new therapies that will benefit women with breast cancer in the near future."

One of the genes has been discovered to drive the growth of tumors, so it will most likely be the focus of drug research.

Research has just begun and any usable treatment is still years away, but this is still an exciting breakthrough that may help save thousands of lives in the future!

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