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Breast Cancer Risk Drops Within 5 Years of Prophylactic Ovary and Fallopian Tube Removal in Women With BRCA Mutations

Surgery to remove the healthy ovaries and fallopian tubes reduces the risk of breast cancer in women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in the first 5 years after surgery. The age at which a woman has the surgery seems to affect risk reduction more in women with a BRCA1 mutation than in women with a BRCA2 mutation.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Deadlier for Black Women, Partially Due to Lower Surgery, Chemotherapy Rates

Black women who are diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer are 28% more likely to die from the disease than white women with the same diagnosis.

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.

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.

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.

DCIS Recurrence Risk Overestimated by Many Women

Many women overestimate the risk of DCIS coming back.

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.

Breast Cancer Cells in Sentinel Lymph Node Don't Affect Survival

Research strongly suggests that occult metastases in the sentinel lymph node of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer don't affect survival.

Jul 26, 2011 | Diagnosis and Surgery
Long-Term Results Show That Radiation Therapy After Lumpectomy to Remove DCIS Reduces Recurrence Risk

A study found that radiation therapy given after DCIS is removed by lumpectomy reduces the risk that the DCIS will come back.

What Is Risk After Lumpectomy and No Radiation for DCIS?

For women diagnosed with DCIS considered to have a low risk of recurrence treated with lumpectomy alone, the risk of DCIS recurrence or developing invasive disease in the same breast increased through 12 years of follow-up and didn't level off.

More Than Half of Women Don't Get Enough Information About Reconstruction From Surgeons

A very small study suggests that more than half of women who had mastectomy made a reconstruction decision that didn't align with their goals and preferences.

May 4, 2017 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Reconstruction
Older and Younger Women Have Similar Outcomes After Breast Reconstruction

Older and younger women benefit equally from breast reconstruction; age shouldn't disqualify a woman from having reconstruction.

Nov 11, 2016 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Study Estimates Risk of Rare Cancer From Breast Implants

A Dutch study estimates that for every 7,000 women who get breast implants, one woman will develop anaplastic large-cell lymphoma in the breast by age 75.

Jan 16, 2018 | Surgery and Reconstruction
Media Coverage of Celebrities' Breast Cancer Treatment May Be Contributing to Rise in Double Mastectomies

A study suggests that more women are choosing to have prophylactic mastectomy because of media coverage of celebrities with breast cancer.

Chemotherapy Before Surgery Increases Likelihood of Lumpectomy

Yale University researchers found that women with larger breast cancers who had chemotherapy before surgery were more likely to have lumpectomy than mastectomy.

Mar 4, 2015 | Diagnosis, Chemotherapy and Surgery
Exercise and Complete Decongestive Therapy Are Best Ways to Self-Manage Lymphedema

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.

Second Opinions May Lead to Treatment Changes

Second opinions can help ensure that women get the best care possible for breast cancer.

Two Mammograms Per Year Better Than One After Lumpectomy

New research suggests that having mammograms twice per year after lumpectomy finds a cancer recurrence (or a new cancer) earlier than only one mammogram per year after surgery.

Young Women Should Have Surgery Within 6 Weeks of Diagnosis

A study has found that young women who wait longer than 6 weeks to have breast cancer surgery have worse survival than young women who have surgery earlier.

Senate Bill Would Require at Least 48 Hours of Hospital Care After Breast Cancer Surgery

U.S. legislators are considering two bills -- one on minimum hospital stays after breast cancer surgery and one on federal funding for environmental links to breast cancer -- that may have a big effect on women diagnosed with the disease.

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.

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