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Surgeons Make the Call on Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Breakthrough Therapy Seems to Rid Woman of Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Not Getting Needed Mammograms

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – After surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer, women still need regular screening. But many of them, especially black women, aren't getting the mammograms they need, a new study finds. It's essential to screen for a return of cancer so it can be treated before symptoms appear, the researchers explained. "The use of regular mammograms to detect a return of breast cancer ...

Breast Cancer Patients May Shorten Herceptin Regimen: Study

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Breast Cancer Prognosis May Be Worse If Diagnosis Follows 'Negative' Mammogram

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – About 15 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in the interval between regularly scheduled mammograms, where the last mammogram showed no signs of a cancer. Now, new research suggests that these "interval cancers" may have a worse prognosis, especially for younger women. The take-home message is "that we need to identify patients at risk for an interval cancer and ...

End-of-Life Care Saves Money

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Giving very ill and dying patients palliative care shortens hospital stays and lowers costs, researchers report. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to reduce suffering for patients and their families. "People with serious and complex medical illness account heavily for health care spending, yet often experience ...

Breast Cancer Genes a Real Risk for Men, Too

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – Few American men are screened for gene mutations that can greatly increase their risk of breast and other types of cancers, a new study reveals. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations put women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers, but these mutations also increase men's risk for certain cancers. "If a male has a BRCA mutation, their risk of breast cancer increases ...

Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should have genetic testing don't receive it, a new study finds. Genetic testing can play an important part in deciding the best course of treatment, the University of Michigan researchers noted. The study included just over 1,700 women with early stage breast cancer who could benefit from genetic testing. Not ...

Cutting Chemo Heart Risks for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Two classes of blood pressure drugs show promise in preventing heart complications caused by chemotherapy for breast cancer, researchers report. One in four women who receives the chemo drug Herceptin develops potentially dangerous heart problems. However, the drug is highly effective at treating an aggressive form of breast cancer called HER2-positive, the scientists ...

Lilly Receives Additional FDA Approval for Verzenio (abemaciclib), as Initial Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor (AI) as initial endocrine-based therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) ...

Health Tips: Questions to Ask if You Have Breast Cancer

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you should prepare a list of detailed questions to ask your doctor. The American Cancer Society suggests that you inquire about: Exactly what type of breast cancer do you have? How big is the cancer? Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes or elsewhere? What's the stage of the cancer? The range is 1 (highly curable) to 4 (advanced and probably has ...

Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Women who've had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they're likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. "The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk," study lead author Tasleem Padamsee said in a news release from Ohio State University. "Our study suggests ...

Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast cancers correctly, the researchers ...

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