Cancer News: Breast
About 70% of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast.
Two new studies show that lifestyle changes like healthy eating and regular exercise can decrease biomarkers related to breast cancer recurrence and mortality.
In the largest clinical trial for HER2-positive breast cancer, lapatinib did not add benefit to the standard trastuzumab therapy administered after surgery.
Research finds that adding goserelin to breast cancer chemotherapy treatment may reduce the risk of early menopause and infertility, and even improve survival.
A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (surgical removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes) reduced the risk of death for women with BRCA1-associated breast cancer.
According to researchers, women who have survived a childhood cancer have 4x higher breast cancer risk, even if they were not exposed to chest radiation then.
An inexpensive drug against malaria was shown to reverse resistance to tamoxifen (widely used for breast cancer) in research conducted in mice.
Inviting women to modern mammography screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by about 28%, according to a study from Norway.
Researchers found that if radiologists know the patient's risk profile for breast cancer when examining their mammogram will lead to more accurate diagnoses.
In a study of over 450,000 women, researchers found that 3-D mammography ("digital breast tomosynthesis") detects more invasive cancers and reduces call-back rates.
Researchers studied individuals who had been adopted. They discovered that the risk for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer is highly dependent on genetics.
Women with early-stage breast cancer may now receive a one-dose radiation treatment at the same time as lumpectomy surgery, instead of treatment after surgery.
The European Commission has approved a drug for patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, named eribulin.
High blood cholesterol and breast cancer were found to be associated in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK.
Many studies look for any link between sugar consumption and the risk for breast cancer. Some have shown a positive correlation, but others found no link.
Delivering Endoxifen, a drug effective in prevention and treatment of breast cancer, through the skin (and not through the mouth), may reduce its side effects.
Tamoxifen is a drug taken orally. Researchers say that if applied directly to the breast in gel form, it can be as effective, and produces fewer side effects.
Breast cancer patients who are positive for the HER-2 gene may have higher risk of heart damage during chemotherapy, according to a recently published study.
Neratinib improved disease-free survival by 33% in women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer in a trial, after their treatment with trastuzumab.
A specific form of acupuncture which uses a small electric current helped early stage breast cancer patients with joint pain induced by aromatase inhibitors.
Women who recently used birth control pills with high-dose estrogen and some formulations had increased risk for breast cancer, compared to other formulations.
The value of mammography in older women has been discussed a lot recently. A study suggests that such earlier diagnosis can reduce advanced breast cancer cases.