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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.

DCIS May Be Overtreated

A study of more than 100,000 women who were diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer – known as DCIS – shows preventing higher-stage disease from developing did not prevent a statistically significant number of breast cancer deaths. The research was published in JAMA Oncology.

ASCO 2015: Studies on Hormone-Positive Breast Cancer

On Monday, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting, in Chicago, oral presentations of breast cancer studies took place. Read about the latest findings related to breast cancer that is hormone receptor-positive.

Obesity, Extensive Surgery and Removal of Many Lymph Nodes Put Women With Breast Cancer at Higher Risk for Lymphedema

A study that followed women diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s for about a decade found several factors influenced their risk of developing lymphedema. These included age, race, weight, stage of cancer and types of treatment given.

Side Effects Greater for Some Given Tamoxifen With Ovarian Suppression

A study looking at differences between tamoxifen-only treatment and tamoxifen plus ovarian function suppression, or OFS, in certain premenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer, found the OFS group experienced more difficulty with menopausal symptoms and other side effects. 

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.