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Mammograms Do Save Lives: Study

Posted 8 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 – Women confused by the conflicting advice surrounding the benefits and timing of mammograms will be interested in a new study out of Sweden. The research, involving more than 50,000 breast cancer patients, found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening program had a 60 percent lower risk of dying from the disease in the 10 years after diagnosis, and a 47 ...

Medical Bills 'Toxic' for Some Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Many women living with advanced breast cancer face significant financial strains – from paying for their care to simply covering monthly bills, a new survey finds. Researchers found that of the more than 1,000 women they surveyed, nearly 70 percent said they were worried about the financial fallout related to their cancer. Many said they'd refused or delayed ...

AHA: After 2 Breast Cancer Diagnoses, Survivor Learns She Needs a New Heart

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The hair loss, fatigue and nausea were a given. As a nurse, Toni C. Wild had seen patients faced with these common side effects of chemotherapy. What Wild did not expect when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29 is that the chemotherapy drugs she received would damage her heart. "It certainly has been quite the journey," said Wild. ...

Alzheimer's Gene Tied to 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Many older breast cancer patients might worry that they will be struck by "chemo brain" after their treatments, but a new study suggests that only those who carry a gene linked to Alzheimer's face that risk. Researchers found that breast cancer survivors carrying the APOE4 gene who underwent chemotherapy were more likely to experience long-term impairment in brain ...

Could Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Like the human gut, the breast gland has a "microbiome" that's influenced by diet, new animal research suggests. Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. "Being able to shift the breast microbiome through diet may offer a new approach to preventing breast cancer or at least ...

Patients Want Breast Cancer Costs Upfront

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – The cost of breast cancer treatment rarely comes up in doctor-patient discussions – but most patients wish it would, researchers report. "Doctors and patients should be open to discussing the financial implications of treatment," said study author Dr. Rachel Greenup, of the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C. "Cost transparency could improve the quality of treatment ...

Breast Cancer Treatment Adherence Rates Vary by Race

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – Black women are more likely than white women to skip important hormonal breast cancer treatments, new research indicates. Endocrine therapy is used to add, block or get rid of naturally occurring hormones like estrogen and progesterone that trigger certain types of breast cancer, the study authors explained. Previous studies have shown that 10 years of endocrine therapy ...

Bills Mount for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – Surviving breast cancer is certainly its own reward, but a new study finds that many who do are saddled with thousands in out-of-pocket expenses for years. On average, breast cancer survivors get hit with an extra $1,100 in yearly out-of-pocket cancer-driven costs, researchers found. But interviews with 129 breast cancer survivors further revealed that the so-called ...

Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 Trial

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – For women with advanced breast cancer who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, an experimental drug could improve survival, a new study suggests. The BRCA mutations are linked with a greater risk for aggressive breast and ovarian cancer. The drug, talazoparib, works by blocking an enzyme called poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP), thus preventing cancer cells from ...

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Genes ID'd

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – More genes associated with an increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer have been identified by researchers. Until now, only mutations in the BRCA1 gene have been linked with this type of breast cancer. "Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that cannot be treated using targeted therapies," study leader Fergus Couch, a geneticist at the ...

Heart Monitoring a Must for Breast Cancer Patients on Herceptin

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 – The widely used chemotherapy drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) can be life-saving for women with HER2-positive breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease. But new research now adds to mounting evidence that the treatment can take a toll on the heart, increasing the risk for heart failure. The complication is uncommon, and in many cases, the benefits of the ...

Many Struggle With High Cost of Breast Cancer Care

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – The cost of treatment for early stage breast cancer can be devastating for many patients, but they get little guidance or help from their doctors, a new study suggests. "We have made a lot of progress in breast cancer treatment, which is wonderful. But this study shows we are only part of the way to our goal. We must now turn our efforts to confronting the financial ...

Health Tip: Travel Tips For Women With Breast Prosthesis

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by

-- After a mastectomy, many women prefer to wear a prosthesis, in lieu of reconstructive surgery. The prosthesis often is made of silicone gel or foam, and will be placed inside a bra or directly on a woman's chest. Sometimes. a prosthesis can pose difficulties when traveling by plane. The Susan G. Komen Foundation suggests: Get to the airport early so there is plenty of time to go through ...

Surgeons Make the Call on Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – When it comes to genetic testing for breast cancer patients, their surgeons wield great influence on that decision, new research shows. Genetic testing can provide important information that might affect treatment choices for breast cancer, but previous research shows that only about half of women who could benefit received such testing. This new study found that surgeons ...

When Reconstructing a Breast, Patient's Own Tissue Is Best

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – For women who have their breast removed while fighting cancer, using their own tissue for breast reconstruction is better than implants, a new study suggests. More than 60 percent of women who undergo breast removal to treat breast cancer decide to have breast reconstruction, and that rate is rising. But the researchers said that there has been little information about ...

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