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Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 Trial

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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 11 days ago 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 12 days ago 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 ...

Breakthrough Therapy Seems to Rid Woman of Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – Judy Perkins was 49 and battling breast cancer that had spread, but chemotherapy and hormone treatments had failed to rein in her disease. So, her doctors tried a highly sophisticated, but experimental, immunotherapy. It worked beyond their wildest expectations: Her body was cleared of all signs of cancer. And the research team that tried the cutting edge treatment hope ...

Experimental Drug, Taselisib, Shows 'Modest' Benefit in Slowing Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 – A new and highly targeted drug slowed the growth of advanced breast cancers by about an average of two months, researchers report. "The findings in this study show a modest benefit to a subgroup of women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, a breast cancer specialist who wasn't involved in the research. Estrogen receptor-positive tumors are ...

Gene Test May Allow Many With Early Breast Cancer to Avoid Chemo

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 – A majority of women with an early form of a common breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy, depending on the results of a comprehensive gene test. The new study of nearly 7,000 women found that use of the already available Oncogene DX gene test could pinpoint those women who needed chemotherapy, and those who did not. The women had a specific type of breast tumor ...

Breast Cancer Patients May Shorten Herceptin Regimen: Study

Posted 17 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – For years, the drug Herceptin has helped women with an aggressive form of breast cancer beat the disease. But there's one downside: In a minority of cases, the drug can trigger heart damage. Now, a new study finds that women who need the drug might get away with taking a shorter, less toxic course of Herceptin. "This new trial shows that a shorter length of treatment ...

Device Might Detect Breast Cancer-Linked Swelling Sooner

Posted 3 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – Testing for small changes in the flow of lymph fluids after breast cancer surgery can spot the start of a painful swelling known as lymphedema before it becomes hard to treat, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 150 breast cancer patients considered at high risk for lymphedema, researchers found that measuring lymph flow using bioimpedance spectroscopy helped prompt ...

Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments

Posted 3 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – Much of the debate over when to start having mammograms has focused on lives saved, but new research suggests that early screening might also translate into smaller tumors and less aggressive breast cancer treatments. "There are multiple benefits of mammography in terms of early detection. Not only do we save lives, but we reduce the likelihood of needing more aggressive ...

Health Tip: Considering Breast Implants?

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by

-- If you are considering breast implants, you should be aware of potential risks, including breast pain and potential rupture of an implant, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA offers this information for women who are considering breast implants: Understand that breast implants may require future surgery. Review product labeling and the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data ...

Breast Symptoms at Mammogram May Raise Future Cancer Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Women with breast symptoms at a regular cancer screening are more likely to develop breast cancer before their next screening, a new study finds. The study included women who took part in the Finnish National Breast Cancer Screening Program between 1992 and 2012. It invites women between ages 50 and 69 for mammograms every two years. Those women who reported breast ...

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