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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.

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. 

FDA Approves T-DM1 for Treating HER2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

Women with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer whose cancer grows despite other standard therapies have a new treatment option available next month, now that the Food and Drug Administration approved the EMILIA study’s T-DM1. 

Advanced breast cancer inching up in young women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More young women are being diagnosed with advanced, metastatic breast cancer than were three decades ago, a new study suggests - although the overall rate of cancers in that group is still small.

FDA OKs Roche drug for late-stage metastatic breast cancer

(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved a new drug made by Roche Holding AG for some patients with late-stage metastatic breast cancer who fail to respond to other therapies.

T-DM1 Overall Survival Data Released, FDA Grants Priority Review

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine with updated overall survival results from the international EMILIA study of T-DM1 was published two days following an announcement of accelerated FDA review for the medicine.

Higher Dose of Fulvestrant May Increase Survival

Findings from the CONFIRM clinical trial presented at the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December showed that increasing the dose of fulvestrant (Faslodex) from 250 mg to 500 mg for women with estrogen receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer increased median overall survival by 4.1 months. Overall survival is the time a person lives from the start of treatment until death from any cause.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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