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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.

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.

Cancer Stage Related to Degree of Depression in Young African-American Women

Young African-American women with breast cancer report more symptoms of depression than their healthy peers, even when they have good social support systems and an ability to adapt to new environments or situations, a study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship shows.

T-DM1 Slows HER2-positive Metastatic Disease After Other Treatments Stop Working

Women with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer who experience growth or worsening of the disease after treatment with other anti-HER2 therapies can expect a significant progression-free survival benefit from the recently FDA approved antibody-drug conjugate T-DM1 (Kadcyla), first results from the phase III TH3RESA trial show. The findings were presented at the 2013 European Cancer Congress (ECC) in Amsterdam on September 28. 

Quest to Offer Genetic Test for Breast Cancer Risk

(Reuters) - Quest Diagnostics Inc on Tuesday became the largest U.S. company to start offering gene-based tests for inherited forms of breast cancer since the U.S. Supreme Court ended Myriad Genetics Inc's monopoly on the tests for specific gene mutations.

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.

Prolonging Chemo May Lengthen Survival Time for Those With MBC

Women with metastatic breast cancer may have no growth or spread of cancer for longer spans of time if they continue chemotherapy even after the disease is under control, a recent study found.

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval of Pre-Surgery Pertuzumab Regimen

Genentech, a developer of medicine, announced September 30 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval of the company’s medicine pertuzumab (Perjeta)—in combination with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and docetaxel—as pre-surgery treatment for those with high-risk, HER2-positive, inflammatory, early-stage or locally advanced breast cancer. 

Most Women Start, Continue Hormonal Therapy

A study of women with estrogen receptor-positive, invasive breast cancer showed that while most women start and complete treatment with hormonal therapy as prescribed, certain groups are more likely than others to stop taking it before the recommended date, or to never take it at all.

Analysis of BOLERO-2 Trial Shows No Negative Effect on Health-Related Quality of Life

Postmenopausal women with metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who are treated with everolimus (Afinitor) plus exemestane (Aromasin) experience delays in cancer progression while maintaining the same quality of life they would have if treated with exemestane alone, a secondary analysis of the BOLERO-2 trial found.