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Studies Show Risks and Benefits of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy

While two large studies suggest that intraoperative radiation therapy offers about the same overall survival and rates as whole-breast external beam radiation therapy for certain women diagnosed with early stage-breast cancer, there are concerns about local recurrence rates.

Modern Radiation Therapy Less Risky for Heart

A research letter estimates that modern radiation therapy techniques are less likely to cause heart problems than radiation therapy techniques used 20 or more years ago.

Switching to New Doctor Delays Breast Cancer Treatment

People newly diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer who switched their care to a different doctor had various treatments delayed by more than a week.

Apr 15, 2019 | Diagnosis and Surgery
Black Women More Likely To Develop Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Treatment Than White Women

A study suggests Black women are about 3.5 times more likely to develop lymphedema than white women.

Silicone Breast Implants Linked to Number of Complications, but FDA Critical of Study

A study suggests that silicone breast implants are associated with a higher risk of certain autoimmune disorders, as well as stillbirth and melanoma, but the FDA disagrees with the results.

Oct 5, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Lumpectomy Plus Radiation May Offer Survival Benefits for Early-Stage Disease

Another study suggests that lumpectomy plus radiation may offer survival benefits for some women diagnosed with early-stage disease.

New Guidelines Address Breast Cancer Survivors' Long-Term Needs

The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have developed new guidelines on breast cancer survivorship care.

Dec 15, 2015 | Diagnosis and Surgery
Pilot Study Suggests Optimal Lymph Flow Program May Help Reduce Lymphedema Risk

A study suggests lifestyle changes aimed at getting to and maintaining a healthy weight as well as promoting the flow of lymph fluid can help reduce lymphedema risk in women who've been treated for breast cancer.

Jun 25, 2014 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Side Effects
Treating Inflammatory Breast Cancer With Surgery, Chemotherapy, and Radiation Improves Survival

A study has found that women diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer who are treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation have better survival rates than women who don't receive all three treatments.

Lipofilling Doesn't Increase Recurrence Risk

Women who have lipofilling after reconstruction are no more likely to have a recurrence or be diagnosed with a new cancer than women who never had lipofilling.

Feb 2, 2016 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
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
More Women Having Double Mastectomy, but Survival Rates Are Same as Lumpectomy Plus Radiation

Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in one breast who are treated with lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy have the same survival rates as women who are treated with double mastectomy.

Many Women Don't Get Recommended Radiation After Mastectomy to Remove Locally Advanced Disease

A study found that many women diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to four or more lymph nodes don't get radiation therapy after mastectomy, even though oncology guidelines recommend it.

Feb 17, 2015 | Diagnosis, Radiation Therapy and Surgery
How Do Diagnosed Young Women Make Decisions About Having Opposite Healthy Breast Removed?

A small study has found that most younger women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer who decide to have the other healthy breast removed choose the surgery because they want to reduce their risk of breast cancer developing in the other breast and improve their survival, even though most of them know that removing the other healthy breast doesn't really improve survival rates in women without an abnormal breast cancer gene.

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.

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.

Surgeon Characteristics Affects Whether Women Get Radiation After Lumpectomy

Surgeons' characteristics seem to affect whether women receive radiation therapy after lumpectomy.

DCIS Recurrence Risk Overestimated by Many Women

Many women overestimate the risk of DCIS coming back.

Older Women, Minorities Less Likely to Get Sentinel Node Biopsy

Whether or not a woman has sentinal lymph node biopsy seems to be largely influenced by her age, ethnicity, and insurance status, and not by the relevant disease factors, new research shows.

Women Whose Breasts Look Different From Each Other After Lumpectomy More Likely to Feel Bad

Women whose breasts look significantly different from each other after lumpectomy are more likely to be depressed and feel ashamed of their bodies.

Many Women Don't Understand Treatment Risks and Benefits

Research suggests that many women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer don't understand the differences in risks and benefits between mastectomy and lumpectomy and radiation therapy.

Arm/Shoulder Problems Common After Breast Cancer Surgery

Most women who have breast cancer surgery have some type of arm problem, even more than a year after surgery.

Sep 9, 2008 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Side Effects
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.

Reconstruction With Implant Immediately After Mastectomy Affected More by Radiation

A small study suggests that reconstruction done immediately after mastectomy using tissue from the body offers better results after radiation compared to immediate reconstruction using implants.

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