Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Doctors Investigate Treatment of Men’s Breast Cancer

Researchers are studying a drug combination they say could be a big breakthrough for thousands of men who have not responded to standard treatments. Dr, Zeina Nahleh, an oncologist who specializes in breast cancer, said her goal is to find out if a pill called "anastrozole" and a synthetic hormone called "goserelin" can lower a man's estrogen levels and limit breast tumor growth. “We studied the hormonal pathways of men and learned that estrogen is produced in men by certain different pathways than in women,” she said. The trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is the first to test this drug combination in men with advanced breast cancer. Researchers say that's significant because in the past 30 years, they've seen a 26-percent increase in male breast cancer rates. Treatments that were tested in women may not be applicable. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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