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Breast Cancer News

In this section, access cutting-edge news about breast cancer in African-American women including treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Women Not Getting Enough Exercise After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers found only about a third of women are exercising enough after being diagnosed with breast cancer. They say women, especially African-Americans, should be given more information from their healthcare teams about the benefits of exercise.

Better Access to Surgery Information May Improve Reconstruction Decision Making

An article published in JAMA Surgery suggests that even while some state laws are mandating changes in the way doctors discuss the safety of breast implants and the pros and cons of having immediate or delayed reconstruction, gaps in education still remain.

When Looking at Older Women, Researchers See Links Between Frailty, Race and Failing to Start Hormonal Therapy

A study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found most older women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer follow their doctors’ orders to begin hormonal therapy. But those numbers are not as high when looking at non-white women and those deemed “frail.”

Researchers Find 25 Percent of Women With Breast Cancer Attribute Financial Problems to the Disease

According to new research, a large percentage of women with breast cancer say the disease and its treatment costs have caused their financial situation to get worse, often leading to serious hardships. This is especially true for black and Latina women.

African-Americans More Likely to Stop Working During Early Breast Cancer Treatment, Study Suggests

African-American women were more likely to stop working during the first 2 months of breast cancer treatment compared with non-Hispanic white peers, an analysis found. The study, published in Journal of Cancer Survivorship, assessed racial differences in quality of life and employment after breast cancer diagnosis.

ASCO Releases Updated Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Guidelines

The American Society of Clinical Oncology published updates to their 2005 guidelines for use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer. The guidelines, based on the review of 9 randomized clinical trials and 13 cohort studies, reflect what ASCO believes are best practices in using the biopsy.

Study Suggests What May Influence Black Women’s Breast Cancer-Related Distress

Trust in medical care received, age, and positive attitude are factors that may affect risk for anxiety or depression among black women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers found. 

After Some Breast Cancer Treatments, Risk for Other Health Conditions May Rise

A recent study suggests that while women are living longer after treatment for breast cancer, they may be at greater risk of developing certain health conditions as they age.

Yoga May Lower Fatigue, Inflammation After Breast Cancer Treatment

According to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, practicing Hatha yoga for as few as 3 months may lessen fatigue and inflammation in people treated for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Deaths Decline for Young

Breast cancer death rates among young women have declined over four decades, yet the rate of decrease has been less for young black women. This study also looked at the economic impact of U.S. breast cancer deaths in young women and found they represent a total lifetime productivity loss of $5.5 billion annually. 

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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