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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.

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.

Analysis Suggests Mindfulness Improves Mental Health After Breast Cancer

Mindfulness practice has a moderate to large positive impact on improving the mental health of women affected by breast cancer, a recent analysis of nine studies suggests. 

Women With Breast Cancer May Overestimate Secondary Risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young women with breast cancer often overestimate both their chance of developing cancer in the other breast and how much removal of that breast is likely to protect them, a new U.S. study suggests.

Age at Diagnosis Not a Factor in Outcomes for Early-Stage, HER2-Positive Disease

Women age 40 or younger when diagnosed with early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer do not have an increased risk of early recurrence due to age. They also are as likely as older women to benefit from treatment with trastuzumab, or Herceptin, according to a recent study.

Younger Women May Benefit From Mammograms: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although recommendations differ on when women should start getting screened for breast cancer, a new study suggests women in their 40s may benefit from yearly mammograms.

Labels May Affect Decision-making for Breast Lesions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - How doctors describe a non-invasive type of breast lesion may affect how women choose to have the abnormal cells treated, a new survey suggests.

Age at Diagnosis May Impact Risk of Recurrence, Study Says

An analysis of data from the Tamoxifen Exemestane Adjuvant Multinational (TEAM) trial showed that the older a woman is at diagnosis of hormone-sensitive breast cancer, the greater her chance of distant recurrence over time. Distant recurrence refers to cancer that has spread to a part of the body beyond the breast and regional lymph nodes.

NCCN Issues First Survivorship Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) issued new guidelines that help doctors focus on the post-treatment needs of individuals diagnosed with and treated for cancer.

Race Gap in Survival Rates May Not Be Caused by Tumor Subtype

Research presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research found that African-American women have worse breast cancer-specific survival rates than women of other racial or ethnic groups, no matter the tumor subtype.

Extra Weight — a Risk Factor for Developing Lymphedema

Overweight and obese women who had surgery plus radiation therapy to treat breast cancer, and who had 12 or more lymph nodes removed, were more likely to develop lymphedema than women of normal weight, an analysis showed.

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