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2018-11-19

Karma participants answer questionnaire about breast cancer risk communication

Around 62,000 Karma participants have recently received emails regarding strategies for breast cancer risk communication. The Karma group aim to collect questionnaire data from the Karma participants on whether they want to know about their individual risk of breast cancer, and if so, how and by whom the risk should be communicated to the women. …

2018-09-17

Swedish media covers Karma CREME-1 study start

Earlier this month the Swedish national television (SVT) visited the Karma study center and met with professor Per Hall, principal investigator of Karma CREME-1 and other personal at the center. …

2018-09-10

First participants enrolled in the Karma CREME-1 study

The Karma CREME-1 phase 2 clinical trial on topical endoxifen for preventive treatment of women with mammographic breast density is now open for inclusion. The study will include 90 participants and each participant will use topical endoxifen for six months. Preliminary results are expected during spring 2019. …

2018-06-15

Karma clinical trial on topical endoxifen soon opens for inclusion

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) has approved a Phase 2 study of topical endoxifen for preventive treatment of women with mammographic breast density. …

2018-02-24

Thesis on aggressive breast cancer based on the Karma study published

On the 23rd of February, Dr Johanna Holm defended her thesis entitled “Aggressive breast cancer: epidemiological studies addressing disease heterogeneity”, partly based on Karma samples. …

2017-12-23

Karisma 2 clinical trial on tamoxifen for preventive use is halfway through

The Karisma 2 trial on dose optimisation of tamoxifen for preventive use has now reached 800 participants in Lund and in Stockholm and has thereby reached the halfway through milestone. Karisma 2 in expected to close the inclusion by December 2018.

2017-11-01

Karma cohort part of novel discoveries of new genetic breast cancer risk variants

As part of international research consortium including Karma samples, 72 new gene variants that predispose to breast cancer have been identified through an analysis of genetic data from more than 275,000 women, whereof 146,000 with breast cancer. Many of the genes lie in regulatory, rather than coding regions, and some are specific for oestrogen receptor…

2017-03-17

The first Karma based model for predicting risk of breast cancer has been published

One of the key aims of the Karma Project is to identify the women that eventually will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In collaboration with the Swedish mammography screening program we identified increased levels of mammographic density, microcalcifications and suspicious lumps in the breast as key factors for breast cancer risk. We created a risk…

2017-01-24

Karma researcher identifies discontinuation of adjuvant hormone therapy as a major problem in breast cancer care

That adjuvant hormone therapy lowers the risk of breast cancer recurrence by approximately 40 per cent and breast cancer specific mortality with approximately 30 per cent has been shown in numerous studies. Proportion of women that stop taking their medication ranges from 20-70 per cent but few studies have addressed predictors of discontinuation of adjuvant…

2016-11-11

The second phase of Karisma is about to start

One of the focuses of Karma is to reduce the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer. There are several ways of decreasing the risk of breast cancer. Interventions range from increased physical activity to prophylactic mastectomy (surgically removing the breasts). The Karma Intervention Trial, Karisma, aims at identifying the optimal preventive dose of the…

2016-10-03

Identifying women at increased risk of interval cancers

Using data from the Karma Cohort, Mikael Eriksson, Karolinska Institutet, has developed a risk prediction tool that identifies women at very high of developing an interval cancer. Interval cancers are breast cancers diagnosed in the interval between two scheduled mammography screens. Interval cancers are considered to particularly aggressive cancers but are quite heterogeneous in their…

2016-03-03

First thesis based on the Karma Study published

On the 15th of January, Dr Thang Thrinh, Karolinska Institutet, defended his thesis entitled ”Determinants of breast cancer risk; focusing on mammographic density”. Thang’s thesis deals with how physical activity, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking affect the risk of breast cancer through their influence on mammographic density. Mammographic density is defined as the radiographically dense…

2015-09-15

Karma launch Karisma, a randomized clinical trial, to identify an optimal Tamoxifen dose for reducing risk of breast cancer.

Tamoxifen has been used for several years as adjuvant therapy for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Tamoxifen was introduced already in the 1970s and reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence with approximately 30%. Recent studies also indicate that use of Tamoxifen as primary prevention for healthy women at high risk reduce breast cancer incidence….

2014-10-06

Karma researchers use exome sequencing of plasma DNA for non-invasive monitoring of tumor burden

Non-invasive monitoring of tumor burden hold great promise for early detection of recurrent breast cancer. Karma researchers recently evaluated and improved exome sequencing to interrogate trace amounts of breast tumors in the plasma of breast cancer patients. “We are encourage by the results”, says Daniel Klevebring, lead author of the study. The researchers are now…

2014-09-09

Karma validates volumetric breast density measurement tool

KARMA is the first study validating the performance of a volumetric breast density software (VolparaDensity) in a large-scale setting. Results of the study show that distributions of volumetric density are similar across different vendor platforms and that Volpara breast density is associated with established density determinants and breast cancer risk. Link to published article: Cancer…

2014-04-11

Karma plans a randomized clinical trial to investigate the effect of different doses of Tamoxifen through measuring the decrease of breast density in healthy women.

Tamoxifen has been used for several years as adjuvant therapy for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Tamoxifen was introduced already in the 1970s and reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence with approximately 30%. Recent studies also indicate that use of Tamoxifen as primary prevention for healthy women at high risk reduce breast cancer incidence….

2014-03-14

Karma launch clinical trial for breast cancer detection with new techniques.

Karma Kamera is the study name of a clinical trial at Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, introducing a new technique developed by Real Imaging (realimaging.com). Real Imaging’s 3D Functional Metabolic Imaging and Risk Assessment (MIRA) technology is intended to provide a non-invasive non-radiation, and examinee-friendly procedure to determine breast health through the acquisition and analysis of 3D metabolic…

2014-03-14

Breast cancer researcher connected to Karma wins L’Oreal women’s science fellowship

Dr Li Jingmei, 31, received this year’s UNESCO-L’Oreal International For Women In Science Fellowship, one of 15 women scientists around the world to do so. Li Jingmei currently work as postdoctoral research fellow at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Genome Institute of Singapore, but have strong connections to Karolinska Institutet and the Karma-group She…

2013-04-24

Study shows mammographic density reduction as a prognostic marker of improved survival

Mammographic Density Reduction Is a Prognostic Marker of Response to Adjuvant Tamoxifen Therapy in Postmenopausal Patients With Breast Cancer Tamoxifen treatment is associated with a reduction in mammographic density and an improved survival. However, the extent to which change in mammographic density during adjuvant tamoxifen therapy can be used to measure response to treatment is…

2013-04-11

70,000 participants in Karma

The Karma study today passes 70,000 participants which makes the study the largest and most well-characterized breast cancer study worldwide.