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Could Grilled, Smoked Meats Lower Survival After Breast Cancer?

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Research has suggested that diets high in barbecued, grilled and smoked meats could increase the risk of breast cancer. Now, a new study finds these cooking methods may also lower survival after a breast cancer diagnosis. The study involved more than 1,500 women who had been diagnosed with the cancer in 1996 and 1997. The study participants were followed for nearly 20 years. Eating lots of grilled, barbecued or smoked meat before their cancer diagnosis was linked with a 23 percent increased risk of dying from any cause during the follow-up period compared with low intake, the researchers said. And continuing to eat lots of meat cooked in this fashion after breast cancer seemed to increase those odds, the findings suggested. Beef, pork and lamb, in particular, were singled out as potentially troublesome. Grilling, smoking and cooking meats at high temperatures ... Read more

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'Chemo Brain' Lasts for Months in Many Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – "Chemo brain" – the mental fog common after breast cancer treatment – can persist for six months, new research shows. The finding comes from one of the largest studies to date to look at chemotherapy-related thinking problems that plague many women treated for breast cancer. Those problems can include memory lapses, attention issues and difficulty processing information. When researchers compared hundreds of U.S. women six months after chemotherapy ended with hundreds of healthy women, they found more than one-third of the chemotherapy group had a decline in thinking scores versus less than 15 percent of the others. "The bottom line is, this is a real problem, patients are having difficulties and we need to acknowledge it is one of the difficulties of treatment," said Dr. Patricia Ganz. Ganz is director of cancer prevention and control research at the ... Read more

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Study Casts More Doubt on Value of Mammograms

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Mammograms frequently detect small breast tumors that might never become life-threatening, causing women to receive treatment they likely don't need, a new Danish study finds. About one in every three women between the ages of 50 and 69 who was diagnosed with breast cancer wound up having a tumor that posed no immediate threat to her health, the researchers reported. At the same time, mammography did not reduce the number of advanced breast cancers found in women in the study. "This means that breast screening is unlikely to improve breast cancer survival or reduce the use of invasive surgery," said study author Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, deputy director of research for the Nordic Cochrane Center at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. "It also means that breast screening leads to unnecessary detection and treatment of many breast cancers." Dr. Otis Brawley, chief ... Read more

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Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Americans with lower levels of income are less likely to get recommended cancer screenings, but legislation waiving out-of-pocket costs appears to narrow the prevention gap – for mammograms, at least. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, allowing people to obtain certain preventive health services free of charge. The study authors wanted to know: Did the ACA make a difference in Medicare beneficiaries' use of mammograms and colonoscopies to detect breast cancer and colon cancer, respectively? After Obamacare waived out-of-pocket expenses for cancer screenings, disparities between the wealthiest and poorest women in rates of screening mammography closed a bit, the study found. What's more, mammography rates increased by about 20 percent, on average, across all levels of income and ... Read more

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Many With Breast Cancer Unnecessarily Choose Double Mastectomy: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Many women with early stage breast cancer choose to have their healthy opposite breast removed, even when there are no medical indications that such a step is necessary, a new survey finds. That's especially true when the surgeon doesn't offer a recommendation either way, the researchers said. "We are seeing that one in six breast cancer patients are choosing bilateral mastectomy when this aggressive procedure is not going to benefit them in terms of survival," said Dr. Reshma Jagsi. Jagsi, who led the study, is a professor and deputy chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Cancer specialists say no compelling evidence suggests a survival advantage for most patients to chose a double mastectomy. Also, the risk of getting cancer in the opposite healthy breast is low for most patients, they note. However, after actress ... Read more

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Minority Women Less Likely to Get Breast Cancer Screening

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – Black and Hispanic women are less likely than white women to be screened for breast cancer, a large review finds. Screening rates for Asian/Pacific Islander and white women were similar, the research showed. The analysis of 39 studies including 6 million women was published Dec. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "Not only do black and Hispanic women get screened less than white women, but disparities also persist in two age groups: women who are 40 to 65 years old, and 65 and older," study author Dr. Ahmed Ahmed said in a journal news release. "These findings are important; it's evident that more work needs to be done to ensure that all eligible women have access to this preventive screening tool," added Ahmed. He's a postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A great deal of effort has gone into finding racially ... Read more

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Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – After actress Angelina Jolie had both breasts removed because she faced a heightened risk for breast cancer, there was a spike in the number of women who were tested for the genes that raise that risk. But, there was no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates, researchers report. Jolie's 2013 announcement about her decision was delivered in an editorial in The New York Times. "That editorial was widely shared on social media, and we saw a jump in BRCA gene testing the day after the editorial," said lead researcher Sunita Desai. She is a fellow in the department of health care policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "In the two weeks after the editorial, we found a 64 percent jump in gene testing, compared with gene testing in the two weeks before the editorial, and a $13.5 million increase in spending on BRCA testing in this population," she said. "The ... Read more

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Beating Breast Cancer But Still Paying a Price

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – Women who survive breast cancer often experience lingering physical and emotional symptoms that go untreated, new research suggests. Ninety-two percent of long-term breast cancer survivors report at least three untreated symptoms for which they need assistance, according to the study. The most common unmet needs are achy joints, fatigue and weight gain – each affecting about one in four survivors in the study. Survivors living with more unmet needs are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression, the study found. Although the study involved just over 100 mostly white and college-educated women at one cancer center, the findings may be important for the nation's 2.8 million breast cancer survivors, the study authors suggest. When you extrapolate these results to the larger population of survivors, "it gets a lot worse very quickly," said lead author ... Read more

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Loneliness May Sabotage Breast Cancer Survival: Study

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Loneliness may impede long-term breast cancer survival, a new study suggests. In the years after treatment, women who don't have strong social ties are more likely to have their cancer return or die from it than women with friends and a support network, the researchers found. Reviewing data on nearly 10,000 breast cancer patients, the researchers linked isolation with a 40 percent higher risk of cancer recurrence compared to socially connected women. These solitary women also had a 60 percent increased risk of dying from breast cancer and a 70 percent increased risk of dying from any cause, the study found. The results weren't unexpected, the researchers said. "It is well established that women generally and those with breast cancer with greater social ties have a lower risk of death overall," said lead researcher Candyce Kroenke. She's with Kaiser Permanente's ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Death Rates Vary Around the World

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Breast cancer death rates are falling in the United States and many other countries, but increasing in South Korea and some Latin American countries, researchers report. The investigators looked at data from 47 countries from 1987 to 2013. They found that breast cancer death rates declined in 39 of those nations due to advances in detection and treatment over the past few decades. The largest decrease was in England and Wales, with a 46 percent drop. In the United States, the breast cancer death rate fell 42 percent. It dropped from 22 deaths per 100,000 women in 1987-1989 to 14 deaths per 100,000 women in 2011-2013, the study showed. Rates declined in all age groups in the United States: by 50 percent for women under 50; by 44 percent for women between 50 and 69; and by 31 percent for women 70 or older. There were mixed findings from Latin America. For example, ... Read more

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Strength Training May Prevent Side Effect of Breast Cancer Surgery

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Strength training might benefit breast cancer survivors who've undergone surgery, researchers suggest. In a small study, weightlifting appeared to help prevent swelling in the arms and chest, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment. The study included 27 breast cancer survivors who did supervised moderate-intensity strength workouts twice a week. Each woman's regimen was matched to her ability. The women were checked every two weeks. Three had reductions in swelling and the rest did not develop any swelling. Many of the women also said they were better able to perform everyday tasks, such as opening jars or lifting heavy objects. "At one time, women were told they shouldn't do upper-body activities after surgery and treatment because doctors thought it could actually cause swelling to become worse," said study author Lynn Panton. She is a professor of ... Read more

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Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Some high-risk women who take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer may mistake naturally occurring nausea and vomiting for side effects of the drug and stop taking it, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that taking tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than 30 percent in high-risk women, and the preventive effects last more than 20 years, the study authors said. But a study of women taking tamoxifen in the United Kingdom found that one-third didn't continue the treatment for the recommended five years. Those who experienced nausea and vomiting were more likely to stop taking the drug than those without such symptoms, the findings showed. However, women who were taking an inactive placebo and had the same symptoms were equally likely to stop. That suggests that some symptoms triggered by other causes were being mistaken for side effects ... Read more

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Could a Computer Someday Guide Breast Cancer Care?

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – An artificially intelligent computer system is making breast cancer treatment recommendations on a par with those of cancer doctors, a new study reports. The IBM computer system – called Watson Oncology – made treatment recommendations that jibed nine out of 10 times with those of a multidisciplinary board of doctors at a top cancer hospital in India, researchers say. In cases involving more complex cancers, however, the computer did not hit that 90 percent mark. Another version of Watson famously defeated two former winners on the game show "Jeopardy!" in 2011, winning a first-place prize of $1 million. In its oncology role, Watson digests a patient's medical history and current cancer data in under a minute. It then spends another minute reviewing all existing medical evidence regarding their particular form of cancer, said study co-author Dr. S.P. ... Read more

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Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Tied to Blood Vessel Damage

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Women on breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease, a small study suggests. Researchers found that compared with healthy women their age, women on aromatase inhibitors were more likely to show signs of "endothelial dysfunction." That refers to problems in how the blood vessel lining responds to blood flow. The findings are based on just 36 women who were prescribed the drugs. And experts stressed it's too early to know what to make of the results. Still, the study adds to evidence linking aromatase inhibitors to elevated risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and possibly full-blown heart disease. Aromatase inhibitors include the drugs Aromasin (exemestane), Arimidex (anastrozole) and Femara (letrozole). These drugs work by lowering a woman's estrogen levels, and are often ... Read more

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New Drug Combo Shows Promise Curbing Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – In women with a certain form of tough-to-treat breast cancer, treatment with a combination of two drugs appeared to keep the cancer at bay longer – from about five months to 10, a new study says. The cancer is known as "advanced hormone receptor positive, HER 2 negative" breast cancer. Women with these tumors are often given drugs called aromatase inhibitors, which work by reducing estrogen in the body and slowing the growth of the cancer. However, patients commonly develop resistance to aromatase inhibitor drugs, and they stop working. This is also known as endocrine therapy resistance. The new research may offer these patients some hope, researchers said. "Our study has shown that combining a newer medicine called everolimus [Afinitor] with a more established medicine, fulvestrant [Faslodex], has demonstrated benefit in aromatase inhibitor resistant breast ... Read more

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