Unfounded fear prompts young breast cancer patients to remove healthy breasts

Despite evidence that contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) does not improve survival rates, an increasing number of young women with breast cancer elect to remove their healthy breast to avoid recurrence and improve survival. Researchers surveyed 123 women aged 40 or younger without known bilateral breast cancer who reported having bilateral mastectomy. The purpose of the … Continue reading Unfounded fear prompts young breast cancer patients to remove healthy breasts

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Cancer ‘prehabilitation’ can reduce complications and improve treatment outcomes

Time between diagnosis and treatment provides 'window of opportunity' to optimize health For patients with cancer, "prehabilitation"— interventions given between the time of diagnosis and the start of treatment—has the potential to reduce complications from treatments and improve physical and mental health outcomes, according to a report in the August American Journal of Physical Medicine & … Continue reading Cancer ‘prehabilitation’ can reduce complications and improve treatment outcomes

Evidence for ‘chemo brain’ in breast cancer survivors

A large meta-analysis conducted by researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center has concluded that breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy are at risk for cognitive deficits after treatment. The meta-analysis, or analytic review of previously published studies, found that study participants on average had  impairments in verbal abilities (such as difficulty choosing words) and visuospatial abilities … Continue reading Evidence for ‘chemo brain’ in breast cancer survivors