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New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with deadly breast cancer

New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with deadly breast cancerA new treatment could offer up to ten months extra life for women with one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, following a successful British trial. Using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, scientists found. The research, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also showed that the combined treatment reduced the risk of death or the cancer progressing by up to 40 per cent. Professor Peter Schmid, a professor of cancer medicine at QMUL and the author of the trial, described the results as a “massive step forward”. “Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer; we have been desperately looking for better treatment options,” he said. “It is particularly tragic that those affected are often young, with many themselves having young families.” Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease and nearly one quarter of patients diagnosed will not survive for more than five years. The standard treatment for it is chemotherapy, which most patients quickly develop resistance to. If the disease spreads to other parts of the body, survival is typically only 12 to 15 months. But with the new treatment, researchers say that survival could be extended by up to ten months. Prof Schmid, who is clinical director of the Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, explained that he new treatment will “significantly extend lives compared to the standard treatment of chemotherapy alone.” “We are changing how triple-negative breast cancer is treated in proving for the first time that immune therapy has a substantial survival benefit,” he said. “In a combined treatment approach, we are using chemotherapy to tear away the tumour’s ‘immune-protective cloak’ to expose it as well as enabling people’s own immune system to get at it.” About | Breast cancer The new treatment combines the standard weekly chemotherapy with the immunotherapy medication atezolizumab which once every two weeks. The combination works by chemotherapy “roughening up” the surface of the cancer, which enables the immune system to better recognise and therefore fight the cancer as a foreign object. Following the results of this trial, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new treatment is now under review by health authorities who will decide whether to offer it on the NHS. Patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with triple-negative breast cancer are offered immunotherapy as part of ongoing trials. Triple negative breast cancer is more common in women under 40 and black women, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. It is one of the rarer forms of breast cancer, with around 15 per cent of breast cancers classified as triple negative.  



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Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravanMexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory, the country’s ambassador to Guatemala said. Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. “I’m happy, happy! At last!” shouted a relieved Gina Paola Montes, 21, as she ran onto Mexican territory.



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Lara Trump Says More Women Will Vote Republican Due To 'Kavanaugh Effect'

Lara Trump Says More Women Will Vote Republican Due To 'Kavanaugh Effect'Lara Trump thinks more women are "inspired" to vote for Republicans in the



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Women Heckle Ted Cruz In Airport Over Kavanaugh Vote

Women Heckle Ted Cruz In Airport Over Kavanaugh VoteA video posted to Twitter shows women tailing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at an



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Facing doubts from women voters, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen opens up about his wife's kidnapping

Facing doubts from women voters, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen opens up about his wife's kidnappingThe centrist Democrat speaks out about his wife's kidnapping, explaining that protecting women is very personal to him.



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The Senate Judiciary Committee's Only 4 Women Reflect On Kavanaugh's Confirmation

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Only 4 Women Reflect On Kavanaugh's ConfirmationThe only four female members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are angry that



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How many women will Kavanaugh hurt as a supreme court justice?

How many women will Kavanaugh hurt as a supreme court justice?The arch-conservative and man accused of multiple sexual assaults, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed to the US supreme court. There is no delicate way to put this: because of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the US supreme court, the future will be more painful and less free for American women than the recent past has been.



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California becomes first state to require women on corporate boards

California becomes first state to require women on corporate boardsCalifornia has become the first state in the US to require publicly traded companies to include women on their board of directors. Governor Jerry Brown signed the new measure – which necessitates at least one female director on the board of each California-based public operation by the end of 2019 – into law on Sunday. A fourth of publicly held corporations with headquarters in California do not have any women on their boards of directors.



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The New Yorker's Latest Cover Is A Nod To Brett Kavanaugh, Women Not Being Heard

The New Yorker's Latest Cover Is A Nod To Brett Kavanaugh, Women Not Being HeardNext week's cover of The New Yorker is an homage to the testimony given by



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India's top court lifts Hindu temple ban on women of menstruating age

India's top court lifts Hindu temple ban on women of menstruating ageThe authorities at the Sabarimala temple, which attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, have said the ban on women and girls aged from 10 to 50 was essential to the rites related to the temple’s chief deity Ayyappan, considered eternally celibate. In some Hindu communities, menstruating women are regarded as unclean, leading to restrictions and in a few cases outright bans on women of child-bearing age from entering certain places. Lifting the ban, the Chief Justice of India said “restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can’t be held as essential religious practice”.



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