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

ASCO Releases Updated Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Guidelines

The American Society of Clinical Oncology published updates to their 2005 guidelines for use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer. The guidelines, based on the review of 9 randomized clinical trials and 13 cohort studies, reflect what ASCO believes are best practices in using the biopsy.

Study Suggests What May Influence Black Women’s Breast Cancer-Related Distress

Trust in medical care received, age, and positive attitude are factors that may affect risk for anxiety or depression among black women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers found. 

Everolimus Plus Exemestane — A Possible First-Line Therapy for Metastatic Disease

Everolimus (Afinitor) and exemestane (Aromasin) taken at the same time may be an effective first-line treatment for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that spread beyond the breast to other organs, after treatment with another aromatase inhibitor. This finding comes from a new analysis of data from the BOLERO-2 trial. 

Body Image, Sexual Satisfaction May Improve After Breast Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the breasts after their surgical removal to treat breast cancer may improve body image and sexual satisfaction among women, a study published in Psycho-Oncology suggests. Women who had implant-based or deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction experienced great improvement in these areas in the months following either surgery.

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. 

After Some Breast Cancer Treatments, Risk for Other Health Conditions May Rise

A recent study suggests that while women are living longer after treatment for breast cancer, they may be at greater risk of developing certain health conditions as they age.

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). 

After Mastectomy, More Women Choosing Breast Reconstruction

More and more women are choosing breast reconstruction following mastectomy, partially due to the considerable rise in use of bilateral mastectomy.

Most Not Preserving Fertility Before Breast Cancer Treatment

Although concerned about how breast cancer treatment might affect their future ability to have children, few young women take steps to preserve fertility before treatment.

Brachytherapy Impact Similar but not Superior to Standard Radiation Therapy

Compared with standard radiation therapy, brachytherapy — a method of confining radiation to the tumor site — may similarly reduce the risk of future mastectomy among some older women with early-stage disease. 

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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