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Breast Cancer News

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

Doctors Less Likely to Offer Fertility Information to Some Women Before Cancer Therapy

Some premenopausal women are less likely than others to be told about, or pursue, fertility preservation before breast cancer treatment, a recent study showed.

Asian, Black and Young Women Have Most Post-traumatic Stress Disorder After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

About one-fourth of women show post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms soon after being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, a new study shows. Young women and those who are black or Asian have higher PTSD risk.

Study Looks at Fetal and Maternal Effects of Chemotherapy During Pregnancy

Chemotherapy given after the first trimester to pregnant women diagnosed with breast cancer caused no significant treatment-related complications for infants or mothers, a European research study showed.

Radiation Therapy After Surgery Less Likely for Young Women

Young women may not be receiving radiation therapy after lumpectomy as often as would be optimal.

Study Shows Need for Radiation after Mastectomy

An analysis of previous clinical trials may help define situations with a higher risk of recurrence for women who have mastectomy without radiation therapy. The findings may help clarify when doctors should recommend radiation. 

Qigong Shows Promise in Improving Quality of Life

Qigong may help ease symptoms of depression in women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer and also lessen fatigue in those who reported symptoms of depression before beginning treatment, a study shows. 

Neuropathy Does Not Predict Chemotherapy Outcome

A retrospective analysis of 4,554 women treated with taxane-based chemotherapy found that though neuropathy is a common side effect, its presence does not predict better outcomes such as longer overall survival or lower risk of recurrence. Neuropathy is damage to the nervous system that causes pain, numbness, tingling or swelling of the hands or feet. 

Oncotype DX Potentially Useful in Node-Positive Disease

A study using the Oncotype DX test showed a relationship between Recurrence Score and chances of breast cancer recurrence and survival in women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer that traveled to the lymph nodes in and around the armpit (axillary lymph nodes) who were treated with hormonal therapy and chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy Before Surgery May Be Most Beneficial in Very Young Women

Research shows younger women given pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, chemotherapy are more likely to have a complete response to that treatment than older women. 

Heart Problems Present But Not Long-Term with Herceptin

A follow-up assessment of data from the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project B-31 (NSABP B-31) clinical trial showed that adding trastuzumab (Herceptin) to combination chemotherapy treatment raises the risk of heart problems, but they are not long-term. 

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