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Breast Cancer News

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.

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. 

Electroacupuncture May Ease Hormonal Therapy Side Effects Such As Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression

A recent small study found that electroacupuncture significantly lessened fatigue, anxiety and depression among postmenopausal woman with aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain.

Study: Severe Side Effects Uncommon After Taking T-DM1

After looking at information from seven studies involving T-DM1 (Kadcyla), researchers found that severe side effects were uncommon. If they did occur, they were usually manageable.

Large Study Confirms Trastuzumab More Effective Than Lapatinib

At the European Society for Medical Oncology 2014 Congress, in Madrid, in late September, Researchers presented expanded results from the ALTTO trial. These results show trastuzumab alone is more effective than lapatinib alone for early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer.

Zoledronic Acid May Prevent Cancer Return in Postmenopausal Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Researchers with the AZURE trial found that giving the bone strengthening medicine zoledronic acid (Zometa) after standard treatment for early-stage breast cancer lessened the chance of cancer returning in postmenopausal women. It also lessened the chance of bone problems in all women.

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.

Study: Three-Part Treatment Underused in Treating Inflammatory Breast Cancer

An analysis of data on more than 10,000 women with inflammatory breast cancer looked at the use of trimodality treatment, in which three treatment types (surgery, chemotherapy and  radiation therapy) are used. The study found that women who had this type of therapy lived longer than women who did not.

Study Finds Obesity Raises Risk of Death After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers say if a woman is obese before, shortly after or more than a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, her risk of dying from cancer or from any cause is higher than that of a woman with breast cancer who is a healthy weight.

Women Not Getting Enough Exercise After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers found only about a third of women are exercising enough after being diagnosed with breast cancer. They say women, especially African-Americans, should be given more information from their healthcare teams about the benefits of exercise.

Complementary Therapies Popular But Not Well Understood

A recent study found that though complementary therapy use is widespread, many women don’t understand the impact some therapies may have on their breast cancer treatment or general health. Complementary therapies are non-medical approaches to care used along with medical treatment, such as acupuncture, tai chi and meditation.