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Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

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-- 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

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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 ...

FDA Approves Lynparza (Olaparib), First Drug for Tumors Tied to Breast Cancer Genes

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug aimed at treating metastatic breast cancers linked to the BRCA gene mutation. These mutated genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, first came to prominence in 2013 when actress and director Angelina Jolie announced she'd undergone a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie said she carried the BRCA1 gene, which ...

BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Patient Survival: Study

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Young breast cancer patients with a BRCA gene mutation have the same chances of survival after treatment as those without the mutation, a new study finds. BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with a BRCA mutation develop breast cancer, compared with about 12.5 percent of women in the ...

Dissatisfaction With Breasts May Mean Fewer Self-Checks for Cancer

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts – whether too big or too small – may be less likely to perform self-exams to check for signs of breast cancer, new research suggests. These women are also more likely to put off seeing a doctor if they do find a suspicious lump in their breast, the study found. "For women who are dissatisfied with their breast ...

Screening, Treatment Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths in Half

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals. "Advances in screening and treatment are saving lives," said lead researcher Sylvia Plevritis, a professor of radiology and biomedical data science at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Here's an example that all this ...

Cancer Survivors Often Face Another Hurdle: Faster Aging

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report. Cancer survivors naturally age faster than others who haven't had cancer, and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they're still relatively young, the study authors said. These ailments can include hormone ...

Handling the Holidays When You Have Cancer

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – The holiday season is a festive time, but making merry can be a challenge for someone with cancer and their loved ones. "The holiday season is typically a time of celebration, traditions and quality time with family and friends. It can also bring challenges or stress with various obligations and gatherings, and it can be difficult to balance these feelings with the ...

Has Your Doc Been Touched by Breast Cancer? It Could Influence Care

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – Having a personal connection to breast cancer seems to make doctors more likely to recommend routine breast cancer screenings, a new study finds. A survey of 848 doctors across the United States found they were more likely to recommend routine mammograms for younger and older women if the doctor knew someone who'd had advanced breast cancer and had not undergone breast ...

For Breast Cancer Patients, Less Time on Hormonal Meds?

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Women with earlier-stage breast cancer may be able to spend less time on hormonal therapy without dimming their prognosis, a new study suggests. In a trial of nearly 3,500 patients, researchers found that seven years of hormonal therapy was as effective as 10 years. By the study's end, more than three-quarters of women in both groups were alive and recurrence-free. The ...

Acupuncture May Ease Pain Tied to Breast Cancer Care

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Some common breast cancer medications can trigger joint pain, but new research suggests acupuncture may ease that side effect. The finding could be a win-win for breast cancer patients, said one oncologist who reviewed the study. "Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has no real downside," said Dr. Lauren Cassell, chief of breast surgery at Lenox Hill ...

New Breast Cancer Drug Ribociclib (Kisqali) May Benefit Younger Women, Too

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – Adding a new drug to standard treatment can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer in younger women, a new clinical trial has found. The drug, called ribociclib (Kisqali), was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March for the treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer. Now, experts say, the drug is just as effective for ...

Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Doctors, don't be afraid to deliver bad news. Telling cancer patients the truth about their chances of survival does not harm a physician's relationship with those people. It could even make it better, according to a new study. "We hope this information will reassure clinicians about any negative impacts of these discussions on their relationships with patients," said ...

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