|By Meagan Pant, Dayton Daily News, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Breast cancer survivors may have better information about what exercises are and are not safe for them.
And women could have a new resource to help them choose whether to undergo genetic testing that can determine their risk of developing the disease.
Three researchers at local universities are working on those projects -- just a small part in the nation's multi-million dollar endeavor to find better treatments for breast cancer and help the women and men affected by it.
"We don't know where the next breakthrough is going to come from, so that is why we have to invest," said
Researchers pursue every avenue
This year, nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer and another 300,000 will develop it in some form, according to the
Some will experience the most aggressive type -- called triple-negative by doctors -- that is currently being studied in one of 20 laboratories dedicated to breast cancer at
Some will become resistant to common treatments, a problem being studied in one of 20 breast cancer research labs at the
And some will develop tumors that spread into their lungs, which has been the target of Cambronero's research at
Cambronero said if breast cancer cannot be eradicated completely, at least he hopes his research will be able to ensure it does not spread, so it can be treated like a chronic disease, such as diabetes.
"The long-term is to try to prevent metastasis," which he said is what kills patients. "The very long-term is to try and see if we can contain the disease," he said.
'More information... is critical'
There is no cure for lymphedema and no standard way to screen for it or diagnose it, according to
"It becomes a chronic disease," Fisher said.
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