Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

Patients with advanced breast cancer who are treated with a combination of drugs that target specific molecules important for cancer development and also the hormones that are driving it are at increased risk of suffering adverse side effects. In new research presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC 4), researchers have … Continue reading Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

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Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells to spread breast cancer

High cholesterol levels have been associated with breast cancer spreading to other sites in the body, but doctors and researchers don't know the cause for the link. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the culprit is a byproduct of cholesterol metabolism that acts on specific immune cells so that they facilitate … Continue reading Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells to spread breast cancer

Breast cancer patients on opioids less likely to stick to vital treatment

A new study has found a troubling lack of adherence to a potentially lifesaving treatment regimen among breast cancer patients who take opioids to manage their pain. The treatment, adjuvant endocrine therapy, commonly known as hormone therapy, is used to prevent the cancer from returning after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Opioid use, however, was … Continue reading Breast cancer patients on opioids less likely to stick to vital treatment

Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy

Women undergoing daily radiation therapy for breast cancer are commonly told they should not use antiperspirant for fear that it could cause greater radiation damage to the skin, but a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that advice is not based on sound science. While they found … Continue reading Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy

Balance, gait negatively impacted after chemotherapy treatment

A single chemotherapy treatment can result in a significant negative impact on walking gait and balance, putting patients at an increasing risk for falls, according to a new study involving breast cancer patients conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research … Continue reading Balance, gait negatively impacted after chemotherapy treatment

Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care

Breast cancer patients in one of the United States' largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority groups are likely to experience numerous gaps in care following their primary treatment, research from Oregon State University suggests. Seventy-four Latina women who had breast cancer participated in the "survivorship" care research, recruited through support groups and health fairs. The subjects, ages … Continue reading Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care

Long-term outcomes of preventing premature menopause during chemotherapy

Compared with receiving chemotherapy alone, women with breast cancer who also received the hormonal drug triptorelin to achieve ovarian suppression had a higher long-term probability of ovarian function recovery, without a statistically significant difference in pregnancy rate or disease-free survival, according to a study published in JAMA. The majority of young women with invasive breast cancer … Continue reading Long-term outcomes of preventing premature menopause during chemotherapy

Acupuncture reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors

Findings also highlight acupuncture's ability to induce a stronger placebo effect than oral medications. Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flushes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Hot flashes … Continue reading Acupuncture reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors

New study finds black women have higher frequency of BRCA mutations than previously reported

The higher BRCA mutation frequency in young black women may contribute to higher rates of aggressive breast cancer Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer, especially at a younger age. Approximately 5 percent of women with breast cancer in the United … Continue reading New study finds black women have higher frequency of BRCA mutations than previously reported

Smoking may impact survival after a breast cancer diagnosis

Researchers have found that smoking may increase the risk of dying early in premenopausal women with breast cancer. In a prospective study of 848 women with breast cancer who were followed for a median of 6.7 years, premenopausal women who smoked for more than 21.5 years had a 3.1-times higher risk of dying from any … Continue reading Smoking may impact survival after a breast cancer diagnosis