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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.”
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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A study of North Carolinian women found that young African-American women were far more likely to have breast cancer treatment delay than White women in the same age range of 20 to 49.
Young African-American women with breast cancer report more symptoms of depression than their healthy peers, even when they have good social support systems and an ability to adapt to new environments or situations, a study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship shows.