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Immunotherapy for Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Understanding What Appear to Be Conflicting Results

Results from two studies on using the immunotherapy medicines Tecentriq or Keytruda along with chemotherapy to treat early-stage triple-negative breast cancer before surgery suggested that Keytruda offered benefits while Tecentriq did not.

Most Women Don't Get Enough Exercise After Being Diagnosed

About 65% of women diagnosed with breast cancer don't meet national exercise recommendations after they've been diagnosed, and Black women are much less likely to meet exercise recommendations than white women.

Jul 15, 2014 | Diagnosis and Exercise
Electroacupuncture Helps Ease Fatigue, Anxiety, and Depression in Women Taking Aromatase Inhibitors

Electroacupuncture – a type of acupuncture where a small electric current passes between pairs of acupuncture needles – has been found to ease fatigue, anxiety, and depression in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer who are taking an aromatase inhibitor.

Full Dose of Radiation Therapy May Not Be Needed for Some Early-Stage Breast Cancers

Early results suggest that treating just the area around where a cancer used to be with radiation may be as good as treating the whole breast with radiation.

Mar 25, 2016 | Diagnosis, Radiation Therapy and Surgery
Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen

Hypofractionated radiation after lumpectomy offers better quality of life than conventional schedule.

Aug 12, 2015 | Diagnosis and Radiation Therapy
Older Women Report Better Cosmetic Results With Lumpectomy and Brachytherapy

A study suggests that women 67 and older diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are more satisfied cosmetically with lumpectomy and brachytherapy compared to other treatment options.

Jan 26, 2017 | Diagnosis and Radiation Therapy
Women Older Than 80 Less Likely to Benefit From Chemotherapy

A study has found that women older than 80 diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer don't get survival benefits from chemotherapy.

Aug 18, 2015 | Diagnosis and Chemotherapy
Non-White Women Have More Breast Cancer Pain

Non-white women have more severe pain with advanced breast cancer than white women.

Taxotere Combo Improves Survival

The combination of Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) and Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide) offers better survival and fewer and less severe side effects than the combination of Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin) and Cytoxan for treating breast cancer.

Dec 13, 2007 | Diagnosis and Chemotherapy
Tamoxifen Plus Removing Ovaries Improves Survival for Premenopausal Women

Removing the ovaries and taking tamoxifen after breast cancer surgery had benefits for premenopausal women shows a new study done in Vietnam and China.

Smoking During Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy Increases Risk of Lung Cancer

A new study shows that women who smoked and got radiation therapy to treat breast cancer had a much higher risk of lung cancer later on compared to women who got radiation and didn't smoke.

Infections Following Breast Cancer Surgery More Common Than Expected

While most women having breast cancer surgery won't develop an infection, research shows that infections after breast surgery happen more often than expected.

Measuring Levels of Specific Protein Doesn't Help Decide Who Benefits From Chemotherapy

Measuring the Ki-67 protein in breast cancers doesn't help decide who would benefit from chemotherapy in women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive, node-negative disease.

Breast Cancer May Come Back Even Many Years After Treatment

A new study shows that breast cancers that are hormone-receptor-positive and later-stage are more likely to come back later than 5 years after diagnosis and treatment compared to cancers that are hormone-receptor-negative and early-stage.

Nexavar May Make Metastatic Cancers Start Responding to Hormonal Therapy Again

A preliminary study suggests that a targeted therapy may be able to make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers that have stopped responding to hormonal therapy start responding again.

If Cancer Comes Back After Lumpectomy, Mastectomy May Be Best Choice

Women who had lumpectomy to treat an initial breast cancer and then had lumpectomy again to treat breast cancer that came back in the same breast had lower survival rates in the 10 years after the second surgery compared to women who had lumpectomy as the first surgery and then mastectomy as the second surgery.

Brachytherapy Seems OK for Early-Stage Disease in Women With Implants

In a small study, internal radiation after lumpectomy didn't cause the capsules of existing breast implants to contract, leading to good cosmetic results.

New Chemo Meds Improve Survival for Women With Advanced-Stage Disease

Newer chemotherapy medicines and regimens, as well as targeted therapy medicines, are helping women with advanced-stage breast cancer live longer.

Breast Cancer Survival Triples in Last 60 Years

During the past 60 years, the average number of women who survived for 10 years after being diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center tripled.

Sep 30, 2010 | Diagnosis
Research Says Lymphedema Risk Is Ongoing

New research suggests that lymphedema may be more common and last longer than generally thought.

Careful Weight Lifting Doesn't Increase Lymphedema Risk

Research suggests that a careful weight lifting program that starts with light weights and gradually increases after breast cancer surgery doesn't increase lymphedema risk and could possibly lower the risk of developing lymphedema.

Arimidex and Aromasin Equally Good at Reducing Recurrence Risk

A new study shows that Arimidex and Aromasin are equally good at reducing the risk of recurrence in postmenopausal women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

Hormonal Therapy for Breast Cancer May Boost Lung Cancer Survival

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.

Jan 24, 2011 | Diagnosis and Hormonal Therapy
Experimental Iniparib Shows Promise in Treating Advanced-Stage Disease

A small, early study suggests that some advanced-stage cancers may respond to an experimental combination of iniparib and Camptosar.

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