Scientists are testing the theory that controlling inflammation with foods can change the chances of a recurrence of breast cancer.
Chef Iverson Brownell is surrounded by bowls with pre-measured bits of herbs and spices, ready to add them to the recipes he will teach to the ladies in his cooking class.
"Today we're doing an oatmeal cookie with a little bit of rosemary in it," Brownell said. "You can only taste it a little bit, but you still get the benefits from it. For the other workshop later today, we're doing some candied nuts with some curry on it."
The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the worldâ€™s largest breast cancer conference, gets underway on Tuesday, where more than 7,000 physicians and researchers from countries across the globe will witness groundbreaking presentations.
Breast cancer news coming out of this symposium is so rapid that organizers plan multiple press conferences for media around the world to get the stories. Often researchers will complete important research projects just before the meeting, so the findings can be presented here.
About 75,000 new cases of lymphoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and many are fatal, but a local researcher is entering the final year of study on a project that he hopes will greatly improve lymphoma survival rates.
For four years, Dr. Ricardo Aguiar at UT Health Science Centerâ€™s School of Medicine has been working under a grant from the Voelcker Fund to develop lymphoma treatments that are more effective and less toxic.
All 16 of the Flying Saucer pubs across the country, including San Antonio, have begun a month-long fundraising for prostate cancer awareness and early detection. The money raised will go to Pints for Prostates, a nonprofit that began in 2008 by a prostate cancer survivor.
"Anytime you're dealing with something cancer-oriented, awareness and early detection is very key," said Sam Wynne, Flying Saucerâ€™s beer director and certified cicerone -- a beer and food pairing expert.
A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said too many men have been getting aggressive treatment that they don't needÂ for prostate cancer.Â The study suggests the side effects of treatments outweigh their benefits.
The side effects of surgery and radiation treatment for prostate cancer can include sexual dysfunction and urinary problems, and now researchers say those treatments may be too radical.