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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.

Heart Problems From Trastuzumab Not a Long-Term Issue

Researchers have found that serious heart problems are seen more often in women who take trastuzumab than those who don’t. However, those problems are still rare overall and it’s most likely they’ll happen during the treatment, not years afterward.

For Average Risk of Second Breast Cancer, Preventive Breast Removal Yields Slight Benefit

Life expectancy improves only slightly for women with cancer in one breast who choose to remove the healthy breast along with the affected one, a recent study shows. 

Is an Aromatase Inhibitor with Ovarian Suppression Better for Premenopausal Women?

Treating hormone receptor-positive breast cancer with an aromatase inhibitor, or AI, usually used only in postmenopausal women, significantly reduced breast cancer return in premenopausal women when used with ovarian suppression , according to the preliminary reports of two combined studies.

Researchers Find 25 Percent of Women With Breast Cancer Attribute Financial Problems to the Disease

According to new research, a large percentage of women with breast cancer say the disease and its treatment costs have caused their financial situation to get worse, often leading to serious hardships. This is especially true for black and Latina women.

Infertility Risk High After Breast Cancer Treatment

Most young women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are at risk of becoming infertile from treatment, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other researchers.

Research May Mean Fewer Side Effects For Women With Bone Metastases

New findings may pave the way for people with stage IV breast cancer in the bones to receive bone-strengthening treatment less often. These results could mean decreased risk of side effects.

ASCO Issues Guidelines for Preventing and Managing Neuropathy, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

The American Society of Clinical Oncology published 3 new guidelines for physicians so they may better help people prevent or manage neuropathy, fatigue, depression and anxiety. These common cancer side effects may linger long after treatment.

The guidelines are based on ASCO’s review of published research and its assessment of risks and benefits for treatments. They are the first in a planned series of guidelines for caring for people who have any type of cancer. Here’s a look at each side effect and the new guideline for each:

Medicine Given with Chemotherapy May Protect Fertility

Before and during chemotherapy, giving premenopausal women with estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) breast cancer the medicine goserelin (Zoladex) improved their ability to become pregnant several years after treatment and to deliver healthy babies.

Breast Cancer Response to Pre-Surgery Chemotherapy May Suggest its Benefit in Long-term

Showing no sign of invasive cancer in the breast or nearby lymph nodes after treatment with pre-surgery chemotherapy may lead to longer survival, an analysis of 12 international studies suggests. This was most true for those with hormone receptor-negative, HR-negative, breast cancers.

ASCO Issues First Guidelines for Metastatic HER2-positive Breast Cancer

To help doctors recommend treatment options based on research evidence and expert consensus, the American Society of Clinical Oncology released its first guidelines on treating metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer.

ASCO issued two clinical practice guidelines for this breast cancer type. One advises on systemic (whole body) therapies for HER2-positive breast cancer that has advanced outside of the breast, other than to the brain. The other recommends specifics on treating brain metastases.