Shorter Radiation Course Appears Effective for Early Breast Cancer

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From: Drugs.com In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard — five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say. A short course of radiation given in larger doses — an approach called hypofractionated radiation — is safe and effective and causes less damage to healthy surrounding tissue, according to the …

FDA panel backs drug for early stage breast cancer

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by MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press A biotech drug from Roche moved one step closer Thursday to becoming the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of cancer experts voted 13-0, with one abstention, that the benefits of Perjeta as an initial treatment for breast cancer outweigh its risks. The recommendation is not …

Breast cancer survivors have double mastectomies they do not need

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Young women breast cancer survivors are having their remaining healthy breast needlessly removed because they over-estimate the chance that disease will return, a study has found. By Laura Donnelly, and agencies Research on more than 120 women who had a double mastectomy found that they believed the risks that cancer would return were twice as high as they were. The …

Most Breast Cancer Deaths Occur in Younger, Unscreened Women: Study

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From: Drugs.com New breast cancer research reveals a significant death rate among women under 50 who forgo regular mammograms and casts doubt on recent screening guidelines from a U.S. panel of experts. The findings support the merit of regular mammograms, especially for younger women, said study researcher Dr. Blake Cady, professor emeritus of surgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts …

Study: Quality of life for breast cancer survivors similar to that of women who never had the disease

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From: MedCity News More than a decade after treatment, the average woman who has had breast cancer seems about as satisfied with her life as women who never had the disease, according to a new Canadian study. “It’s been recognized for a long time that in the very short term breast cancer can adversely affect quality of life,” said senior …

Treating cancer patients puts everything else into perspective

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by: Miranda Fielding, MD as seen on KevinMD.com When I was about ten years old, swimming on a Texas swim team, I remember hearing that the child of one of the local coaches had been diagnosed with leukemia.  The idea of a kid dying of an untreatable disease was so foreign to me that I am sure that I have …

Stress: A Cause Of Breast Cancer?

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By Peter Zafirides, M.D. Ohio State University researchers say the study suggests a specific gene, called ATF3, may be the crucial link between stress and cancer, including metastasis – the major cause of cancer death. Previous public health studies have shown that stress is a risk factor for cancer. Researchers already know that ATF3 is activated, or expressed, in response …

Most Women Don’t Understand Their Breast Cancer Risk: Survey

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From: Drugs.com Most women do not have an accurate idea of their personal risk of breast cancer, according to a new survey that polled more than 9,000 women. “Only 9.4 percent of the women surveyed were accurately able to tell you their lifetime breast cancer risk,” said study researcher Dr. Jonathan Herman. Four in 10 women had never discussed their …

Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine Debuts Their BCW Bloggers

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I recently received notification from Beverly Vote, Publisher, the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, that in the Fall issue of the magazine, they would be debuting their 10 BCW Bloggers in a double page spread, sharing not only their pictures and bios, but also inviting them to post a blog on the Breast Cancer Wellness website. To quote Beverly, “the Breast …

Older breast cancer patients choosing lumpectomies

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From: San Francisco Chronicle About 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life, and those who’ve already been diagnosed know there are many decisions to make. Although every case is different, studies show new breast cancer treatment trends are emerging. For one thing, in the Bay Area, women with early-stage breast cancer …