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Breast Cancer News

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

Predicting Ovarian Function After Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

When measured before chemotherapy, along with age, the level of a hormone released in young women’s ovaries may predict whether the ovaries will work again after chemotherapy.

Blocking Ovarian Function Benefits Some Young Women

The largest study of long-term breast cancer treatment using methods to stop estrogen production in premenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive disease has found what one of its authors calls “practice-changing” results for certain women.

Most Women Delay Breast Reconstruction

Researchers found that immediate breast reconstruction, surgery to rebuild the breast done at the same time as mastectomy, is most likely to be used by young women in big cities who have private insurance and few chronic medical problems. Overall though, more women do NOT have their breasts rebuilt at that time.

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. 

PET/CT Scans May Clarify Staging for Certain Young Women

A study of young women diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer using traditional staging methods found that later PET/CT scans changed 21 percent of those diagnoses to stage III or IV.

Better Access to Surgery Information May Improve Reconstruction Decision Making

An article published in JAMA Surgery suggests that even while some state laws are mandating changes in the way doctors discuss the safety of breast implants and the pros and cons of having immediate or delayed reconstruction, gaps in education still remain.

Double Mastectomy Shows Same Benefit As Lumpectomy for Average Risk

A recent study of California women with early-stage breast cancer showed that bilateral mastectomy has the same impact on survival as breast-conserving surgery, or lumpectomy, followed by radiation therapy.

ASCO Updates Guideline on Length of Tamoxifen Treatment

After evaluating long-term results from recent studies, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, issued a guideline update for tamoxifen therapy for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

The update advises doctors to offer up to 10 years of tamoxifen treatment, instead of the previous standard 5-year duration

ASCO Breast Study Focuses on Preserving Fertility in Young Women

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LBBC highlights results of a phase III clinical trial studying a medicine used to protect premenopausal women’s ovaries during chemotherapy. Findings were announced during the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium on September 4.

ASCO Breast Reports on Recurrence after Early Chemotherapy

LBBC highlights a study reported on the first day of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium: an analysis of breast cancer recurrence rates after pre-surgery, or neoadjuvant, chemotherapy.