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The End of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine

Skyhorse. Oct. 2017. 296p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781510723016. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781510723023. HEALTH
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This new book from Ruddy (breast cancer surgeon, medical director of New Jersey's Clara Maass Medical Center, and founder of the Breast Health and Healing Foundation) brings together information about viruses and breast cancer. While certain genes have been shown to increase the risk for breast cancer, there is less research on how some viruses could be related to the disease and how immunotherapy could be a viable remedy. This book, a republication of the author's Of Mice and Women: Unraveling the Mystery of the Breast Cancer Virus (2015), reviews the history of research into viral causes of breast cancer and recent studies seeking to create a vaccine. Viral research has the potential to explain some breast cancers of unknown origin, as well as provide targeted therapy for precision medicine.
VERDICT Important for those in health care who are unfamiliar with the viral causes of cancer, as well as patients wishing to know more.
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