Breast Cancer News
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Everolimus (Afinitor) and exemestane (Aromasin) taken at the same time may be an effective first-line treatment for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that spread beyond the breast to other organs, after treatment with another aromatase inhibitor. This finding comes from a new analysis of data from the BOLERO-2 trial.
Research presented at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting suggests a new treatment pair may help double the time before estrogen receptor-positive, metastatic breast cancer grows or spreads.
The final analysis of survival data from the Comparison of Faslodex in Recurrent or Metastatic Breast Cancer (CONFIRM) trial is encouraging. Researchers confirmed what was seen as a trend in their initial secondary analysis: postmenopausal women with metastatic, hormone-positive breast cancer lived longer when given twice the past standard amount of fulvestrant (Faslodex).
Exercising often after breast cancer treatment ends may help women improve their quality of life over time, say researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Women 65 and older received the same treatment benefit from the combination of pertuzumab (Perjeta), trastuzumab (Herceptin) and docetaxel (Taxotere) as women 64 and younger, a sub-analysis of CLEOPATRA trial data reveals.
Women with lymphedema — swelling in the arm caused by the surgical removal of lymph nodes or by damage to the lymph nodes from radiation therapy for breast cancer — may perform upper-body strength training exercises with light and heavy weights, without worsening swelling or other lymphedema symptoms, Australian researchers say.
A study published in Psycho-Oncology suggests that the way a couple communicates about cancer-related concerns plays a role in worsening or improving symptoms of depression related to problems with sex and physical intimacy in women living with metastatic disease.
A German study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery suggests that surgical removal of breast cancer metastases that affect a small part of the lungs may help women live longer.
A large study looking at a 33-year time span found that young women were the only age group to show an increase in metastatic breast cancer as an initial diagnosis.
Talking about end-of-life wishes soon after a metastatic cancer diagnosis may lead to less aggressive, and potentially more comfortable, treatment in the last month of life, a recent analysis showed.