January 2011 Research News


Waiting 5 Years to Start Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Less Risk
January 28, 2011
New research suggests that breast cancer risk is higher in women who use HRT during the first 5 years after menopause starts compared to women who wait more than 5 years to start HRT. Read more...

Experimental Iniparib Increases Survival Only Slightly in Metastatic Triple-Negative Disease
January 28, 2011
A large study found that iniparib didn't improve survival in women diagnosed with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, which contradicts results from earlier studies. Read more...

FDA Reports Possible Link Between Breast Implants and Rare Lymphoma
January 26, 2011
The FDA has reported a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of lymphoma in tissue near the implant. Read more...

Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer May Boost Lung Cancer Survival
January 24, 2011
A large study found that women treated with hormonal therapy for breast cancer were 87% less likely to die from lung cancer compared to the average person's risk of dying from lung cancer. Read more...

Long-Term Smoking Increases Breast Cancer Risk
January 24, 2011
A very large study found that women who started smoking heavily at an early age and smoked for a long time had a 25% higher risk of breast cancer. Read more...

Some Women May Benefit from Surgery to Remove Breast Cancer That Has Spread to Liver
January 23, 2011
A small study suggests that some women can benefit from surgery to remove breast cancer that has spread to the liver. Read more...

Single Cancer Cells in Sentinel Node Don’t Affect Prognosis
January 19, 2011
A large study suggests that women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer who have occult metastases in a clinically negative sentinel node do almost as well as women without occult metastases. Read more...

Government Experts Release New Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines
January 18, 2011
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new guidelines that call for more women to be screened for osteoporosis. Read more...

Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy Decades Ago Increases Risk of Fatal Heart Problems
January 18, 2011
Research suggests that women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer decades ago who got radiation therapy are more likely to die from heart problems later in life compared to women who didn't get radiation therapy. Read more...

Genentech Asks FDA for Full Hearing on Avastin
January 18, 2011
Genentech, the company that makes Avastin, has asked for a full FDA hearing to again present currently available research on Avastin and to review plans for future research. Read more...

Lexapro May Ease Hot Flashes
January 18, 2011
Research suggests that Lexapro, an antidepressant medicine, can lower the number and severity of hot flashes in some menopausal women. Read more...

Women Treated with Avastin Have Higher Risk of Congestive Heart Failure
January 5, 2011
Women treated with Avastin for advanced-stage breast cancer were four to five times more likely to develop congestive heart failure compared to women who didn't get Avastin. Still, the overall risk of heart failure was low. Read more...

Experimental Iniparib May Help Treat Triple-Negative Disease
January 5, 2011
A small, early study suggests that the experimental PARP inhibitor iniparib can help treat metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Read more...

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