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Breast Cancer Patients May Shorten Herceptin Regimen: Study

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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

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

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

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 ...

Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by

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

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 ...

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines May Miss Minorities

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – Breast cancer screening guidelines are based mainly on scientific data from white women, and that bias could cause delayed detection of the disease in minorities, researchers report. "While a lot of attention has been focused on improving the 'cultural competency' of clinical care – caring for patients in ways that accommodate their cultural and language differences ...

Health Tips: Questions to Ask if You Have Breast Cancer

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by

-- 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

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 ...

Race, Insurance Key to Employment After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – Women who leave the workforce after a breast cancer diagnosis are likely to be black or to have public health insurance or none at all, a new study finds. In fact, the study found that black women were four times more likely to leave the workforce than were white women. And those with no insurance or public insurance were nearly five times more likely to leave the ...

Breast Cancer Radiation Not as Bad as Many Fear

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – Many breast cancer patients say they've heard scary stories about radiation therapy, but their actual experience is usually better, new research finds. The study of more than 300 women who underwent breast radiation found that almost half had heard "frightening" stories going into treatment. But only 2 percent ultimately agreed that the stories were true. And over 80 ...

Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

-- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, residences and hospitals, and often is covered by private insurance, ...

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Age is the strongest risk factor for breast cancer. But having a mother, sister or daughter with ...

Death Brings Wisdom to Dying Patients

Posted 28 Jan 2018 by

SATURDAY, Jan. 27, 2018 – With terminal illness comes newfound, and profound, wisdom, researchers report. They uncovered this silver lining of terminal illness as people in their final months tried to strike a balance between accepting their fate and making the most of the time they had left. "The end of life presents a unique perspective," explained senior study author Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior ...

Lynparza (Olaparib), First Treatment Approved for Breast Cancer Caused by Specific Gene Mutation

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat spreading breast cancer caused by a BRCA gene mutation. The drug is among a class called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, which are designed to block an enzyme involved in repairing damaged DNA. The hope is that by blocking the repair of cancer cells, the cells will die ...

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