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Breast Cancer News

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

Phase II Study Shows New Medicine May Slow Metastatic Breast Cancer

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. 

Study Finds Higher Dose of Fulvestrant Reduces Risk of Death

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). 

Physical Activity After Breast Cancer May Improve Quality of Life

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.

Perjeta Safe and Effective for Older Women With HER2-positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

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. 

News From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Each December, medical experts and researchers from around the world meet at the 5-day San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium to share the latest findings from breast cancer clinical trials. Read on for updates from the 2013 symposium, held December 10–14.

Heavy Weightlifting Safe for Women With Lymphedema, Study Suggests

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.

Communication Style Affects Depression in Couples With MBC-Related Sexual Problems

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.

Study Suggests Surgery for Women With Lung Metastases May Improve Survival

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.

Small Increase of Metastatic Breast Cancer at First Diagnosis Seen in Young Women

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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.

Doctors Should Discuss End-of-Life Care Earlier, Study Says

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. 

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