November 2012 Research News


Radiation Therapy Benefits Older Women Diagnosed with Early Stage Breast Cancer
November 30, 2012

Many older women benefit from radiation therapy after lumpectomy to remove early-stage breast cancer. Read more...

Certain Jobs Seem to Increase Breast Cancer Risk
November 30, 2012

A Canadian study suggests that certain jobs, including those in farming and manufacturing that expose women to high levels of carcinogens and endocrine disrupters, seem to increase breast cancer risk. Read more...

Adding Digital Tomosynthesis to Digital Mammography Improves Radiologists’ Accuracy
November 30, 2012

A study has found that when radiologists looked at digital tomosynthesis images along with digital mammogram images, they were more accurate and had lower false positive recall rates compared to radiologists who looked only at digital mammograms. Read more...

Aerobic Exercise Helps Ease Cancer-Related Fatigue
November 26, 2012

A new review of studies on exercise and cancer-related fatigue adds more and stronger evidence that aerobic exercise can help relieve fatigue associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Read more...

Reflexology Helps Ease Chemo, Hormonal Therapy Side Effects
November 26, 2012

A study has found that reflexology helped ease some side effects from chemotherapy and hormonal therapy treatments in women being treated for metastatic breast cancer. Read more...

Heart Problems Happen More Often Than Thought in Older Women After Herceptin Treatment
November 20, 2012

A large study has found that older women diagnosed with early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer treated with Herceptin have a higher risk of heart failure than women who didn’t get Herceptin. Read more...

Quality Personal Relationships Boost Survival in Women Diagnosed with Early-Stage Breast Cancer
November 17, 2012

A study suggests that the quality of a woman’s social networks seems to be just as important as the size of the social networks in predicting breast cancer survival. Read more...

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Doesn’t Seem to Increase Risk of Heart Problems
November 14, 2012

A study with more than two decades of follow-up suggests that women who have lumpectomy and radiation therapy don’t have a higher risk of heart problems than women who have mastectomy. Read more...

T-DM1 Granted Priority Review by FDA
November 14, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review to T-DM1 to treat HER2-positive, metastatic breast cancer. Read more...

Exercise and Complete Decongestive Therapy Are Best Ways to Self-Manage Lymphedema
November 13, 2012

A study that reviewed published research on lymphedema suggests that full-body exercise and complete decongestive therapy are the best ways to minimize lymphedema symptoms and maintain good quality of life. Read more...

Ginger May Help Ease Nausea Immediately After Chemotherapy
November 8, 2012
A small study suggests that adding ginger to standard anti-nausea medicines can reduce nausea in women diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer immediately after chemotherapy more than the anti-nausea medicines alone. Read more...

Tykerb and Xeloda Seem to Shrink HER2-Positive Breast Cancer That’s Spread to Brain
November 8, 2012

A very small, very early study suggests the combination of Tykerb and Xeloda shrinks HER2-positive breast cancer lesions in the brain without radiation. Read more...

Older Women Have More Complications from Brachytherapy Compared to Whole-Breast Radiation
November 7, 2012

A study suggests that older women who have brachytherapy are more likely to have complications in the year after treatment compared to women who had whole-breast irradiation. Read more...

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