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When Reconstructing a Breast, Patient's Own Tissue Is Best

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 18 days ago 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 ...

Mammograms Might Encourage Other Screenings

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – Older women who get mammograms are more likely to also seek screenings for cervical cancer and osteoporosis, new research reveals. This held true for the Medicare recipients even when their mammograms produced false positive results. "It's encouraging that women for whom services are received through Medicare are not showing significant signs of any negative influence ...

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

Posted 19 days ago 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 ...

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

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

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 ...

Wise Words on Women's Health

Posted 30 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – May is Women's Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in New York City. She offered the following ...

Device Might Detect Breast Cancer-Linked Swelling Sooner

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 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 ...

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 ...

Breast Symptoms at Mammogram May Raise Future Cancer Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

As Mammograms Became Widespread, Breast Tumor Size Shrank

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – After American women began to adopt annual mammography screening in the 1980s, a very healthy thing happened: the average size of newly discovered breast tumors got smaller. That's the finding from a new look at data on more than 386,000 U.S. women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014. The average size of breast tumors at diagnosis fell 23 ...

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 ...

Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – "Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns. The report, released Tuesday, argues that urgent action is needed to stem the growing price tags associated with new cancer drugs, particularly if the price doesn't match the amount of benefit the drug ...

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