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New Treatment Shows Promise in Younger Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – A treatment known as ovarian suppression used along with an anti-estrogen drug normally given to older women appears to greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in some younger women, new research suggests. This combination approach – using estrogen-blockers known as aromatase inhibitors – was the most effective of three treatments tested in women with early stage breast cancer, said Dr. Prudence Francis, head of breast medical oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria, Australia. She is scheduled to present her findings Thursday at a breast cancer meeting in San Antonio. The results will be published online simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine. Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer – the most common type of breast cancer – needs either estrogen or progesterone to grow. Aromatase inhibitors are typically used ... Read more

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Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can lead to fractures. To reduce this risk, men can be given oral bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, or an intravenous treatment once a month or once a year with similar drugs, such as Reclast. "There seems to be a clear mismatch between Canadian guidelines regarding bisphosphonate usage in men undergoing hormone therapy for prostate cancer and actual clinical practice," said lead researcher Dr. Shabbir Alibhai, a senior scientist at the University Health Network in Toronto. While the low rates of bisphosphonate prescriptions may be appropriate for patients ... Read more

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Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study

Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 – Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy. Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found. "Medications can be dangerous," said study researcher Dr. Elina Jerschow, director of the Drug Allergy Center at Montefiore Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. While research from other countries has reported medications as a major culprit in anaphylaxis-related deaths, Jerschow said, the problem has been less defined in the United States. One reason is that there is no national registry for anaphylaxis deaths, she said. The study was ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Drug Aromasin May Be Option for Some Premenopausal Women

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 – The drug exemestane worked slightly better than the drug tamoxifen at preventing a recurrence of breast cancer in certain premenopausal women, according to a new study. Almost 93 percent of women on exemestane (Aromasin) remained free of breast cancer after five years, compared to about 89 percent of the women on tamoxifen. That's according to the study of nearly 4,700 women with breast cancer who all had their ovarian function suppressed. However, the researchers found no differences in overall survival between the two drugs. And both drugs came with significant side effects. For Aromasin, those side effects included osteoporosis, vaginal dryness and decreased sex drive, among others. For tamoxifen, side effects included blood clots, hot flashes and urinary incontinence, according to the study. The study is published in the July 10 issue of the New England ... Read more

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Newer Anti-Estrogen Treatment May Benefit Younger Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 2 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 1, 2014 – A new type of anti-estrogen drug appears to work better than the estrogen-blocking drug tamoxifen in preventing recurrences of breast cancer in certain women, a new study reports. Exemestane (Aromasin), which belongs to a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, reduced the relative risk of breast cancer recurrence by nearly a third compared to tamoxifen. But, for exemestane to work in premenopausal women, the drug can only be given when ovarian function is being suppressed. "For years, tamoxifen has been the standard hormone therapy for preventing breast cancer recurrences in young women with hormone-sensitive disease. These results confirm that exemestane with ovarian function suppression constitutes a valid alternative," study lead author Dr. Olivia Pagani, clinical director of the Breast Unit at the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland in Bellinzona, ... Read more

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New Guidelines Recommend Longer Tamoxifen Treatment

Posted 27 May 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 – The hormone-blocking medication tamoxifen should be given for as long as 10 years following treatment of certain types of breast cancer, according to updated guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "Tamoxifen taken for five years has been the standard . . . but we now have evidence to recommend up to 10 years of tamoxifen for women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer," guideline update panel co-chair Dr. Harold Burstein said in an ASCO news release. The new guidelines include women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancers between stage 1 and stage 3. Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer is a type of cancer that is fueled by certain hormones, often estrogen. Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer is the most common type of breast cancer worldwide, according to the ASCO news release. Tamoxifen blocks the ability of ... Read more

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Tamoxifen's Mental Side Effects Are Real, Study Shows

Posted 17 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 17 – Some women who take tamoxifen to treat or prevent breast cancer report experiencing a mental fogginess while on the drug, and researchers have now confirmed that there's a biological basis for those symptoms. The researchers were able to isolate the cells in the human brain and nervous system that are harmed by tamoxifen therapy. And, in a second phase of the study conducted with mice, they were also able to find a different drug that could protect healthy cells from tamoxifen toxicity while offering no protection to cancer cells. "Patients aren't always taken seriously when they report these mental side effects, but now we can say this is an organic syndrome to which we have to pay attention," said Mark Noble, senior study author. "And, now we know there are paths to protection. This is not a hopeless situation," added Noble, a professor of biomedical genetics, and ... Read more

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Women at High Breast Cancer Risk Should Consider Preventive Drugs: Experts

Posted 9 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 9 – Women at high risk of breast cancer should discuss with their doctors the use of so-called chemopreventive drugs to reduce that risk, according to a new practice guideline issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The new guideline updates the previous one, issued in 2009, said Dr. Kala Visvanathan, director of the clinical cancer genetics and prevention service at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, who co-chaired the guidelines panel. "It's a stronger recommendation for discussion of these agents," she said, explaining that the previous guideline suggested the discussion. The new guideline also adds an additional drug option for breast cancer risk reduction. The guideline was published online July 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The key points include a recommendation to discuss the use of tamoxifen (Nolvadex, ... Read more

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Which Women Might Benefit From Drugs to Prevent Breast Cancer?

Posted 13 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 13 – Newly identified genetic variations may help predict which women will respond to breast cancer prevention therapy, a new study suggests. By determining who would and would not receive possible benefit from two preventive drugs, women who aren't likely to respond could be spared the treatment and its side effects, the study authors noted. Researchers examined data on women enrolled in two large breast cancer prevention trials, including 592 women who had developed cancer along with 1,171 similar women who did not. The investigators found that women with a favorable genetic variation (called a "single nucleotide polymorphism" or SNP) in the gene ZNF423 and another near the gene CTSO were more likely to respond to prevention therapy with tamoxifen and raloxifene. Women with unfavorable variations of these SNPs may not benefit from prevention therapy and have a ... Read more

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Doubling Time on Tamoxifen Cuts Odds for Breast Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 2 – When it comes to using the drug tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer's return, longer may be better for some patients, a new study finds. Women combating estrogen-sensitive breast tumors fared better when treated with 10 years of tamoxifen compared to those given the current standard of five years, researchers found. However, longer tamoxifen regimens were associated with a greater risk for side effects from the cancer-suppressing drug, such as night sweats, hot flashes, blood clots, strokes and a heightened risk for cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrial cancer). Still, the investigation found that 10 years of treatment gave patients better protection against the recurrence of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers and/or death than did treatments offered for half as long. Assessing the findings in conjunction with the results of another recently ... Read more

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Drugs Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk for Some, Task Force Finds

Posted 15 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 15 – The drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene (Evista) could reduce the risk of breast cancer among women who are at high risk of developing the disease, a new report confirms. Along with the report, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also issued draft recommendations that reflect those findings, which will be published in the April 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The task force recommendations state that doctors should talk about the potential benefits and harms of taking drugs to prevent breast cancer, a strategy known as chemoprevention, with patients who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. That guideline is consistent with that of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society, and reflects current clinical practice, the task force said. "We had a nice set of well-done, large [studies], so we have a lot of ... Read more

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Cancer Chemotherapy Tied to Slight Rise in Risk for Leukemia

Posted 14 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 14 – Chemotherapy can be a lifesaver for thousands of cancer patients, but a new study suggests that it might slightly raise the odds for a type of leukemia later in life. Over the past 30 years, the risk for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has increased for patients who underwent chemotherapy for certain forms of cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the new study found. On the other hand, the researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute said other cancer survivors may have a reduced risk for AML due to a change in chemotherapy agents that occurred decades ago. One expert not connected to the study stressed that cancer patients need to put the findings into perspective. "It's important to realize that the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia related to prior chemotherapy is small and increases with the number of chemotherapy treatments given over time," ... Read more

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Genes Linked to Effectiveness of Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer

Posted 28 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 28 For breast cancer patients prescribed tamoxifen to treat their disease, genetic traits affecting an enzyme in the liver are major players in determining the impact of the hormone therapy, new research suggests. There's been debate in the scientific world for years over the role of genetic differences in the enzyme, known as CYP2D6. An estimated 5 percent to 7 percent of European and North American women have a trait that prevents the enzyme from working properly. "Our findings confirm that, in early breast cancer treated with tamoxifen, genetic alterations in CYP2D6 lead to a higher likelihood of recurrence and death," Dr. Matthew Goetz, a Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead author of the study that reported the findings, said in a Mayo Clinic news release. The researchers tracked two groups of women: postmenopausal women with primary estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer ... Read more

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10 Years of Tamoxifen Better Than 5: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5 --Taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen for a decade, instead of the standard five years, further reduces the long-term chances of recurrence and risk of dying from the disease, new British research suggests. The increase in benefit is especially noticeable after the 10th year, said study author Richard Peto, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Tamoxifen is widely used for treating estrogen receptor or ER-positive breast cancer in women who are pre-menopausal. ER-positive cancers need estrogen to grow, and the drug blocks the activity of estrogen in the breast. Currently, tamoxifen is usually given daily for five years after a cancer is treated. Doctors have known that five years is more effective than two, and that it reduces the rate of death from breast cancer by about a third in comparison to not taking it, and that it ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Drug Might Help Men on Prostate Cancer Therapy

Posted 28 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28 – The breast cancer drug tamoxifen may reduce some of the side effects caused by hormone therapy for prostate cancer, according to a new study. Androgen-suppression therapy is often used to slow the progression of advanced prostate cancer. But these drugs, which block testosterone activity, can cause side effects such as breast enlargement and pain that may stop men from using this treatment. German researchers examined the results of four independent clinical trials that examined the use of tamoxifen to manage these side effects in prostate cancer patients undergoing androgen-suppression therapy. The study found that tamoxifen reduced the risk of breast enlargement and breast pain in men at three, six, nine and 12 months of treatment compared to men who did not take tamoxifen. Overall, tamoxifen was more successful in reducing breast symptoms than radiation therapy or ... Read more

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