Breast cancer research is critical to finding a cure. Back in March a University of Arizona study received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the effectiveness of drinking baking soda to fight breast cancer. According to an online article the grant will be used to improve the new magnetic resonance imaging or MRI method for measuring pH, or acid content, of a tumor that is been discovered by a patient but has not been treated. By measuring the acid content of the tumor, doctors are better able to monitor the effectiveness of personalized treatments including baking soda on the tumor and other normal tissue, and can even predict the effectiveness of chemotherapy prior to the patient beginning medication.
Breast Cancer Research A Priority
Drinking baking soda has already been proven to reduce or eliminate the spread of breast cancer to the lungs, brain, and bone however too much baking soda can damage normal organs. In other words, this test is designed to lead to personalized medicine for cancer patients, by optimizing the therapy to each individual,” said Mark “Marty” Pagel, PhD, University of Arizona associate professor of biomedical engineering and lead researcher on the project. The goal of the research is to prove that this breakthrough MRI tumor measurement method will help improve, and in some cases actually save the lives of women with breast cancer. Dr. Seify remains hopeful that new methods such as this will continue to offer hope and promise for women diagnosed with breast cancer. As a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon Dr. Seify is keenly aware of the role hope and promise play in the breast cancer reconstruction choices women make following a breast cancer diagnosis.
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Dr. Seify prefers to be involved with the patient upon the initial breast cancer diagnosis. In this scenario Dr. Seify is able to work with the medical team treating the patient that could include the radiologist, oncologist, as well as general surgeon. With a team approach, Dr. Seify is able to help patients make informed decisions concerning their reconstructive options which could include not only traditional methods of breast reconstruction surgery but also could include newer methods combining fat transfer as well as stem cell options.