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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.

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.

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.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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