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Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means the hormone helps fuel the cancer's growth. Standard treatment includes hormonal therapy – with drugs that block estrogen's effects – to help prevent a return of the cancer. All of the women in the study, nearly 63,000, were scheduled to receive the typical five years of hormonal therapy. Researchers found that while the women remained cancer-free for those five years, the risk for recurrence over the next 15 years was still significant. It was greatest for women whose initial cancer had spread to multiple lymph nodes near the breast by the ... Read more

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Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – Many breast cancer patients skip recommended treatment after surgery because they lack faith in the health care system, a new study indicates. A patient survey found those who reported a general distrust of medical institutions and insurers were more likely to forgo follow-up breast cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. Trust or distrust of their own doctors did not emerge as a factor. "If we want more women with breast cancer to complete their treatment, we'll need to deal with their beliefs about the health care system – and I do think we can modify those beliefs," said study lead author Lorraine Dean. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dean's team surveyed more than 2,700 patients in Florida and Pennsylvania after breast cancer surgery. More than 30 percent disregarded their doctor's ... Read more

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Breast Cancer More Lethal for Blacks Than Whites

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Differences in insurance are a major reason why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the United States, a new study contends. "We found that differences in insurance explained one-third of the total excess risk of death in non-elderly black women compared to white women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, while differences in tumor characteristics explained approximately one-fifth of the excess risk," lead study author Ahmedin Jemal, of the American Cancer Society (ACS), and colleagues wrote. In 2014, breast cancer death rates were 41 percent higher among black women than among white women in the United States, the researchers said. To learn more about this disparity, the investigators looked at information on more than 550,000 non-elderly women with early stage breast cancer. Black women were more likely to be uninsured ... Read more

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Verzenio Approved for Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – Verzenio (abemaciclib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat women with certain advanced forms of breast cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. More than 250,000 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 40,000 will die of the disease, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. Verzenio is designed to block substances called cyclin-dependent kinases that are thought to spur the growth of cancer cells. The drug is approved for hormone receptor-positive and HER2-negative forms of advanced or spreading breast cancer that have been treated with a therapy that changes a person's hormones (endocrine therapy). "Verzenio provides a new targeted treatment option for certain patients with breast cancer who are not responding to treatment, and unlike [similar drugs], it can be given as a ... Read more

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Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect'

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo breast removal to reduce her risk of breast cancer has led other women to do so, a new study shows. The findings show that celebrities can influence the health care decisions of the general public, said study author Art Sedrakyan, a professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. In early 2013, Jolie announced her decision to have the preventive surgery to have both breasts removed due to her elevated genetic risk for breast cancer. Researchers sought to determine the impact of that news by analyzing 2004-2014 data on risk-reducing mastectomy in New York State and New South Wales in Australia. In New York, they found the number of women undergoing the procedure nearly doubled – rising from 3.3 bimonthly cases per 1 million 20 months before Jolie's announcement to 6.3 cases per 1 million 20 months after her ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Radiation 'Less Scary' Than Thought

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Radiation therapy for breast cancer is actually "less scary" than anticipated, nine out of 10 patients say after treatment. A survey of 300-plus breast cancer patients also found that more than 80 percent said the side effects of radiation were better than expected. "The word radiation itself sounds frightening and is associated with many negative news stories," said lead researcher Dr. Narek Shaverdian, of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). But over the last 20 years, significant advances have been made, said Shaverdian, chief resident in radiation oncology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "These changes allow us to spare critical organs, create an individual radiation plan for each patient, and also deliver radiation in more convenient schedules," he explained. Shaverdian and his team surveyed patients who had received radiation while ... Read more

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'Nipple-Sparing' Mastectomies Don't Raise Odds of Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Surgeons performing mastectomies can offer a form of the procedure that allows women to retain the nipple for use in breast reconstruction. Now, a reassuring study finds that this type of mastectomy doesn't raise a woman's risk for breast cancer recurrence. "More women are requesting nipple-sparing mastectomy because of the superior cosmetic results. But doctors don't want to take any chances with breast cancer patients' safety for the sake of cosmetic improvement," explained lead researcher Dr. Barbara Smith. She's a surgical oncologist and director of the breast program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Our study, which has one of the longest reported follow-ups after therapeutic nipple-sparing mastectomy in the United States, provides additional support that it's safe to leave the nipple intact during mastectomy with only a few exceptions," she ... Read more

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Asian Women Less Likely to Get Follow-up After Abnormal Mammogram

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – Asian women in the San Francisco area were less likely than white women to get follow-up tests following an abnormal mammogram result, researchers report. Women who receive suspicious mammogram results are urged to get checked in a timely manner to rule out breast cancer, which should be treated as early as possible to ensure the best possible outcomes, the study authors said. However, the researchers, led by Kim Hanh Nguyen and Dr. Leah Karliner of the University of California, San Francisco, explained that many population-based breast cancer studies don't include Asians or differentiate among individual groups of patients. "Rather than being a monolithic group, Asians are, in fact, very diverse in nationalities, language, immigration history, education, and economic background. Recognizing differences among Asians may help clinicians develop better rapport and ... Read more

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Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies. "We have good evidence that [some] mind-body therapies – such as meditation, yoga, relaxation – can provide benefit to breast cancer patients during and after treatment," said study researcher Heather Greenlee. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "And we do have evidence that acupuncture is very useful in managing pain," she added. Evidence about dietary supplements and botanicals, however, are lacking when it comes to helping symptoms and side effects, she said. Greenlee ... Read more

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More U.S. Women Living Longer With Advanced Breast Cancer

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – The number of U.S. women living with the most advanced stage of breast cancer has been rising since the 1990s, a new study finds. Researchers say that treatment advances, allowing more breast cancer patients to survive longer, are one likely reason. The general aging of the U.S. population is another. Right now, the study estimated, close to 155,000 U.S. women are living with metastatic breast cancer – cancer that has spread beyond the breast to distant sites in the body. That is up from roughly 105,000 in 1990. Breast cancer experts said the figures are actually the first estimates of how many U.S. women are living with metastatic disease. A number has been hard to come by, they said, because there is no national system that tracks cancer recurrences: Since U.S. women are typically diagnosed with earlier-stage breast cancer, most metastatic cases would – ... Read more

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More Cancers Caught Early Since Obamacare

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – More cancers have been spotted in their early stages since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became the law of the land, new research finds. Finding breast, colon, cervical and lung cancers early greatly improves the odds of successful treatment, said study author Xuesong Han. She's the strategic director of health policy and health care delivery research at the American Cancer Society. "We wanted to see if the introduction of the ACA affected the diagnosis of these cancers," she said. Although the increase in early-stage cancer diagnosis was only 1 percent, it's a significant increase that includes thousands of patients whose cancer might not have been found until it was too late for effective treatment and potential cure, Han noted. The increases in diagnosis of lung and cervical cancer were mostly among people on Medicaid, she said. A large part of the ACA is ... Read more

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Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Overall cancer death rates in the United States continue to fall, but racial gaps persist, a new report says. Death rates fell between 2010 and 2014 for 11 of the 16 most common cancers in men and for 13 of the most common types in women, including lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers. However, death rates rose for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and for the liver and uterus in women. And improvements in cancer survival weren't equal for all Americans. "While this report found that five-year survival for most types of cancer improved among both blacks and whites over the past several decades, racial disparities for many common cancers have persisted, and they may have increased for prostate cancer and female breast cancer," said Dr. Lynne Penberthy. She's associate director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Research ... Read more

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Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests. The Canadian researchers analyzed 67 published articles to see which habits made the most difference in reducing the risk of either breast cancer recurrence or death. Exercise came out on top, reducing the risk of breast cancer death by about 40 percent, said review author Dr. Ellen Warner, a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre and a professor at the University of Toronto. "It's similar to the magnitude of chemotherapy or hormone therapy," she said. "So, that's pretty powerful." However, the review did not prove that exercise causes breast cancer risk to drop. Besides exercise, the previous research looked at weight and weight gain, diet, smoking, alcohol and vitamin supplements. The new review ... Read more

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Many Women Skip Mammograms After False-Positive Result

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – The trauma of receiving a false-positive result from a mammogram may lead many women to delay or skip their next screening, a new study finds. A false-positive result means that an aberration on a mammogram looks like it might be cancer. But after tests – such as added imaging or biopsy – it turns out to be benign. In the meantime, however, the patient may go through distress and various procedures, and decide to delay or skip her next mammogram. That's a potentially fatal mistake, breast cancer experts said, because detecting tumors early can save lives. "Unfortunately, for women over age 50, just skipping a mammogram every other year would miss up to 30 percent of cancers," said Dr. Stefanie Zalasin, a breast imaging specialist who reviewed the new findings. "Reassuring a patient that the overwhelming majority of mammograms and even biopsies are normal can ... Read more

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Too Few High-Risk Women Tested for Breast Cancer Gene: Survey

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Though testing for two genes that raise breast cancer risk has been around for decades, a new survey finds many high-risk women don't get the test, often because they aren't told to by their doctors. Among women with the highest risk, about eight of 10 said they wanted testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. But, "only about half of them actually got the testing they should get," said study author Dr. Allison Kurian, from Stanford University's School of Medicine. "Genetic cancer testing is not well matched to the medical needs of the patient, to a woman's risk of having a mutation," said Kurian, an associate professor of medicine and of health research and policy. Why the gap? About 56 percent of the high-risk women who were not tested said their doctors did not recommend it, the survey found. In addition to the test itself, genetic counseling can help ... Read more

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