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Health Tips: Questions to Ask if You Have Breast Cancer

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Breast Cancer Radiation Not as Bad as Many Fear

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

Posted 8 Nov 2017 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 ...

Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment

Posted 7 Nov 2017 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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