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Breast Cancer News

In this section, access cutting-edge triple-negative breast cancer news on treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Studies Reported at ASCO

Studies presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) included several on triple-negative breast cancer. We report on a trial of enzalutamide, an androgen receptor inhibitor medicine, and a study of maintenance chemotherapy in people with early-stage, hormone receptor-negative breast cancer. 

Study Suggests Biweekly Treatment May Be Better For TNBC

Researchers with the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) S0221 clinical trial gave similar chemotherapy treatments to people with high-risk, early-stage breast cancer. But they assigned some people to daily and weekly treatment, and others to treatment once every 2 weeks, or biweekly. They found that, overall, no treatment schedule stopped cancer from returning better than the other. However, a sub-analysis suggested people with triple-negative breast cancer did better with a biweekly schedule than with a daily and weekly schedule.

Updates from San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Highlights from the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held December 9-13, 2014 including presentation of results from a new survey conducted by Living Beyond Breast Cancer on the psychosocial needs of women with triple-negative breast cancer. 

Adding Carboplatin to Chemotherapy May Improve Treatment Response in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Researchers suggest more studies be done on carboplatin to find out if it could have long-term benefits and to see what types of people with triple-negative breast cancer it helps most.

Carboplatin Helpful in Treating Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Before Surgery

Researchers with the phase II GeparSixto trial found that women with triple-negative breast cancer were significantly more likely to achieve pathological complete response, or pCR, when carboplatin was added to their course of other anti-cancer medicines. For this study, pCR was defined as the absence of cancer after treatment given before surgery.

ASCO Reports on Early-Stage Breast Cancers

LBBC highlights two studies reported on the last day of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology: GeparSixto, which looked at the impact of adding a platinum chemotherapy to standard medicines given before surgery to people with triple-negative breast cancer and a family history of breast or ovarian cancer; and an analysis of the PAM50 genomic assay as a tool to help people with early-stage breast cancer make decisions about mastectomy versus lumpectomy and radiation. 

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.

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.

AbbVie Drug Shows Promise Against Difficult Type of Breast Cancer

(Reuters) - Women with an especially deadly type of breast cancer who received a treatment regimen containing an experimental AbbVie Inc drug prior to surgery are likely to have a significantly better response than those who get a standard chemotherapy regimen, according to data from a clinical trial.