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Linking low oxygen levels and spread of breast cancer

Last month Medical News Today published an important article, Low oxygen levels in tumors 'trigger spread of breast cancer'; a quote summarizes in laymen’s terms the findings by Johns Hopkins University scientists, “Researchers have discovered that low oxygen conditions can trigger the production of proteins that contribute to the spread of breast cancer cells. This is according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

This research is important for the *metastatic breast cancer community, breast cancer that has spread from the breast into other parts of the body, for several reasons as stated in the article about certain researcher’s findings:

“High levels of these proteins are known to give cancer cells the ability to move and spread, leading to worse outcomes for breast cancer patients.”

“He notes that low oxygen levels often occur in breast cancers and explains the process in detail:” …. (See article for details)

“She found that when breast cancer cells were exposed to low oxygen levels, they had significantly more movement compared with breast cancer cells exposed to normal oxygen levels.”

“Additional research found that breast cancer patients who had high levels of RhoA or ROCK1 proteins were significantly more likely to die from the disease, compared with patients with low levels of the proteins. This finding was more apparent for patients who had high levels of both proteins.”

The researchers would like to have clinical trials to determine whether certain drugs can also inhibit the production of the proteins. Some therapeutic essential oils have been found to increase oxygen uptake as well as be antimutagenic (stop mutations of cells) and antiproliferative (stop the multiplication of cells) while also having other natural anti-cancer results as summarized in this July, 2013 PubMed abstract, Anticancer activity of essential oils: a review - more about them in forthcoming articles. The recommended articles below highlight some research of specific therapeutic essential oils that support the breast or are effective against breast and ovarian cancer.

The information in the above paragraph is not diagnosing, treating, prescribing or claiming a cure and the statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is provided to raise awareness of other options for consideration as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities when appropriate for the reader's situation.

*The video tells what metastatic breast cancer is and the importance of keeping up with the latest advances.

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