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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.

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.

ASCO Issues Guideline for Metastatic HER2-negative Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, released a new treatment guideline for HER2-negative breast cancer that has spread from the breast to nearby areas or distant parts of the body.

Lymphedema-Related Distress Tied to Poor Mental and Physical Health

Researchers suggest healthcare providers take note of the connection between distress caused by lymphedema and poor mental and physical health and use this information to help women with breast cancer.

Adding Carboplatin to Chemotherapy May Improve Treatment Response in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Researchers suggest more studies be done on carboplatin to find out if it could have long-term benefits and to see what types of people with triple-negative breast cancer it helps most.

Final Results of TH3RESA Trial Confirm Effectiveness of T-DM1

Final results of the phase III TH3RESA trial confirm that the medicine T-DM1 extends progression-free survival, PFS, in people who have HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer that no longer responds well to first-line treatments, such as trastuzumab. PFS is the time from the start of treatment until the disease grows or spreads.

Early results of this study were presented at the European Cancer Congress, in Amsterdam, in the fall of 2013.

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.