February 2010 Research News


Can Removing Other, Healthy Breast Improve Survival?
February 25, 2010
A large study found that women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer who chose to have the opposite healthy breast removed were 16% less likely to die from breast cancer in the 4 years after diagnosis than women who didn't have the healthy breast removed, but it's unclear if removing the healthy breast is the reason for the better survival. Read more...

Aspirin Seems to Improve Prognosis
February 16, 2010
Research suggests that pre-menopausal women who took two or more aspirin each week in the years after a diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer have a better prognosis than women who don't take aspirin. Read more...

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Up Risk of Lung Cancer
February 16, 2010
A large study suggests that women who use combination HRT are much more likely to develop lung cancer than women who never used HRT or used estrogen-only HRT. Read more...

Exercise Lowers Estrogen Levels in Older Women
February 16, 2010
A new study found that post-menopausal women who regularly did intense exercise for a year had lower levels of estradiol, a type of estrogen, compared to women who didn't exercise. Read more...

MRI Before Breast Cancer Surgery Doesn’t Lower Reoperation Rate
February 11, 2010
New research suggests that doing MRI before a first breast cancer surgery doesn't reduce the likelihood that a woman would need more surgery within 6 months. Read more...

Recurrence Risk Same for Standard, Lower-Dose Radiation Schedules
February 10, 2010
Research suggests that newer, low-dose radiation therapy schedules are as effective as the standard schedule. Read more...

Taking Antidepressant with Tamoxifen Reduces Tamoxifen’s Effectiveness
February 8, 2010
Research suggests that women taking the antidepressant Paxil at the same time as the hormonal therapy medicine tamoxifen are more likely to die from breast cancer than women taking tamoxifen who never took Paxil. Read more...

Side Effects, Body Image Concerns Same for Standard and Lower-Dose Radiation Schedules
February 7, 2010
Researchers compared a standard radiation therapy schedule to new, lower-dose schedules and found that side effects and body image concerns were about the same for all the schedules. Read more...

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