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Post-Mastectomy Radiation Beneficial for Cancer That Has Spread to Only a Few Lymph Nodes (April 8, 2014)

Women whose breast cancer has spread to just a few lymph nodes are less likely to experience recurrence or die from their disease if they undergo radiation therapy after mastectomy, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. Post-mastectomy... Continue Reading

Updated Guidelines for Sentinel Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer (April 2, 2014)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued new recommendations for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early stage breast cancer. The guidelines were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. For women... Continue Reading

Fertility Concerns Affect Treatment Decisions in Younger Women with Breast Cancer (March 26, 2014)

Fertility concerns affect treatment decisions in a substantial proportion of young women with breast cancer; however, few women pursue available fertility preservation strategies, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

No Significant Bone Density Differences Between Aromasin and Arimidex (March 20, 2014)

There was no significant difference in bone mineral density loss among women with early breast cancer treated with adjuvant Aromasin® (exemestane) or Arimidex® (anastrozole), according to the results of a study published in The Lancet Oncology. Aromatase... Continue Reading

Mastectomy May Be Unnecessary in Stage IV Breast Cancer (March 13, 2014)

Mastectomy is unnecessary in many women with stage IV breast cancer—and in fact may even facilitate the spread of the disease, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Mastectomy—surgical removal... Continue Reading

(February 28, 2014)

The Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have announced new surgical guidelines indicating that although negative margins (no ink on tumor) reduce the risk of local recurrence, wider margin widths do not significantly... Continue Reading

Reconstructive Breast Surgery On the Rise, but Influenced By Location (February 24, 2014)

More women are choosing reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy; however, there is a large variation in the rate of reconstructive surgery throughout different areas of the United States, according to the results of a study published early online... Continue Reading

Reduced Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer Translates to Billions in Savings (February 18, 2014)

Reducing mammography screening frequency from annually to biennially among women aged 50 to 74 could save the healthcare system billions of dollars annually—and may actually allow physicians to end up screening more women compared with the current practice,... Continue Reading

Addition of Carboplatin Improves Outcomes in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (February 14, 2014)

The addition of carboplatin to a standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen boosted pathologic complete response in patients with triple negative breast cancer, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Breast... Continue Reading

Arimidex May Prevent Breast Cancer in High-Risk Women (January 17, 2014)

Arimidex® (anastrozole) reduced the risk of breast cancer by 53 percent in high-risk postmenopausal women, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and published simultaneously online in The Lancet. Arimidex... Continue Reading

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Carcinoma In Situ Breast cancer

Updated Guidelines for Sentinel Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer (April 2, 2014)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued new recommendations for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early stage breast cancer. The guidelines were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. For women... Continue Reading

Fertility Concerns Affect Treatment Decisions in Younger Women with Breast Cancer (March 26, 2014)

Fertility concerns affect treatment decisions in a substantial proportion of young women with breast cancer; however, few women pursue available fertility preservation strategies, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

(February 28, 2014)

The Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have announced new surgical guidelines indicating that although negative margins (no ink on tumor) reduce the risk of local recurrence, wider margin widths do not significantly... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Perjeta Approved for Neoadjuvant Treatment of Early Stage HER2-Positive Breast Cancer (October 16, 2013)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to Perjeta® (pertuzumab) for the neoadjuvant treatment of early stage breast cancer before surgery. This is the first drug approved for the neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer. Breast... Continue Reading

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Reconstructive Breast Surgery On the Rise, but Influenced By Location (February 24, 2014)

More women are choosing reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy; however, there is a large variation in the rate of reconstructive surgery throughout different areas of the United States, according to the results of a study published early online... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

Young Women Overestimate Risk of Secondary Breast Cancer (October 2, 2013)

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate their risk of developing cancer in the other breast—and also tend to overestimate the protective effect of removing the second breast, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal... Continue Reading

Acupuncture May Reduce Lymphedema in Breast Cancer (July 25, 2013)

Acupuncture may be a safe and effective alternative for reducing arm lymphedema in patients with breast cancer, according to the results of a study published in Cancer. For women with early breast cancer, determining whether the cancer has spread to... Continue Reading

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Metastatic Breast Cancer

Mastectomy May Be Unnecessary in Stage IV Breast Cancer (March 13, 2014)

Mastectomy is unnecessary in many women with stage IV breast cancer—and in fact may even facilitate the spread of the disease, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Mastectomy—surgical removal... Continue Reading

Reconstructive Breast Surgery On the Rise, but Influenced By Location (February 24, 2014)

More women are choosing reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy; however, there is a large variation in the rate of reconstructive surgery throughout different areas of the United States, according to the results of a study published early online... Continue Reading

Higher Dose of Faslodex Effective in Advanced Breast Cancer (December 30, 2013)

The final results are in—and they show that 500 mg of Faslodex® (fulvestrant) provides a significant advantage in overall survival compared to 250 mg of the drug in postmenopausal women with locally advanced or metastatic estrogen receptor–positive... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

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Recurrent Breast Cancer

(February 28, 2014)

The Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have announced new surgical guidelines indicating that although negative margins (no ink on tumor) reduce the risk of local recurrence, wider margin widths do not significantly... Continue Reading

Reconstructive Breast Surgery On the Rise, but Influenced By Location (February 24, 2014)

More women are choosing reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy; however, there is a large variation in the rate of reconstructive surgery throughout different areas of the United States, according to the results of a study published early online... Continue Reading

Higher Dose of Faslodex Effective in Advanced Breast Cancer (December 30, 2013)

The final results are in—and they show that 500 mg of Faslodex® (fulvestrant) provides a significant advantage in overall survival compared to 250 mg of the drug in postmenopausal women with locally advanced or metastatic estrogen receptor–positive... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Breast Cancer

Reduced Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer Translates to Billions in Savings (February 18, 2014)

Reducing mammography screening frequency from annually to biennially among women aged 50 to 74 could save the healthcare system billions of dollars annually—and may actually allow physicians to end up screening more women compared with the current practice,... Continue Reading

Arimidex May Prevent Breast Cancer in High-Risk Women (January 17, 2014)

Arimidex® (anastrozole) reduced the risk of breast cancer by 53 percent in high-risk postmenopausal women, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and published simultaneously online in The Lancet. Arimidex... Continue Reading

Breast MRI on the Rise Among Women Who May Not Need It (December 6, 2013)

The results of two large studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate that the use of breast MRI has increased dramatically in the past decade, even among women who don’t meet the high-risk criteria for the screening modality. A mammogram... Continue Reading

Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer (November 20, 2013)

Women with BRCA 1/2 mutations who use oral contraceptives (birth control pills) have a significantly reduced risk of ovarian cancer and a non-significantly increased risk of breast cancer, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Young Women Overestimate Risk of Secondary Breast Cancer (October 2, 2013)

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate their risk of developing cancer in the other breast—and also tend to overestimate the protective effect of removing the second breast, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal... Continue Reading

More Screening/Prevention Breast Cancer

Stage I Node Negative Breast Cancer

Post-Mastectomy Radiation Beneficial for Cancer That Has Spread to Only a Few Lymph Nodes (April 8, 2014)

Women whose breast cancer has spread to just a few lymph nodes are less likely to experience recurrence or die from their disease if they undergo radiation therapy after mastectomy, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. Post-mastectomy... Continue Reading

Updated Guidelines for Sentinel Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer (April 2, 2014)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued new recommendations for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early stage breast cancer. The guidelines were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. For women... Continue Reading

Fertility Concerns Affect Treatment Decisions in Younger Women with Breast Cancer (March 26, 2014)

Fertility concerns affect treatment decisions in a substantial proportion of young women with breast cancer; however, few women pursue available fertility preservation strategies, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

No Significant Bone Density Differences Between Aromasin and Arimidex (March 20, 2014)

There was no significant difference in bone mineral density loss among women with early breast cancer treated with adjuvant Aromasin® (exemestane) or Arimidex® (anastrozole), according to the results of a study published in The Lancet Oncology. Aromatase... Continue Reading

(February 28, 2014)

The Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have announced new surgical guidelines indicating that although negative margins (no ink on tumor) reduce the risk of local recurrence, wider margin widths do not significantly... Continue Reading

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Stages II-III Breast Cancer

Post-Mastectomy Radiation Beneficial for Cancer That Has Spread to Only a Few Lymph Nodes (April 8, 2014)

Women whose breast cancer has spread to just a few lymph nodes are less likely to experience recurrence or die from their disease if they undergo radiation therapy after mastectomy, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. Post-mastectomy... Continue Reading

Updated Guidelines for Sentinel Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer (April 2, 2014)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued new recommendations for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early stage breast cancer. The guidelines were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. For women... Continue Reading

Fertility Concerns Affect Treatment Decisions in Younger Women with Breast Cancer (March 26, 2014)

Fertility concerns affect treatment decisions in a substantial proportion of young women with breast cancer; however, few women pursue available fertility preservation strategies, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

No Significant Bone Density Differences Between Aromasin and Arimidex (March 20, 2014)

There was no significant difference in bone mineral density loss among women with early breast cancer treated with adjuvant Aromasin® (exemestane) or Arimidex® (anastrozole), according to the results of a study published in The Lancet Oncology. Aromatase... Continue Reading

(February 28, 2014)

The Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have announced new surgical guidelines indicating that although negative margins (no ink on tumor) reduce the risk of local recurrence, wider margin widths do not significantly... Continue Reading

More Stages II-III Breast Cancer

Supportive Care Breast Cancer

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

Young Women Overestimate Risk of Secondary Breast Cancer (October 2, 2013)

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate their risk of developing cancer in the other breast—and also tend to overestimate the protective effect of removing the second breast, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal... Continue Reading

Acupuncture May Reduce Lymphedema in Breast Cancer (July 25, 2013)

Acupuncture may be a safe and effective alternative for reducing arm lymphedema in patients with breast cancer, according to the results of a study published in Cancer. For women with early breast cancer, determining whether the cancer has spread to... Continue Reading

Increase in Number of Women Undergoing Reconstruction Immediately after Mastectomy (January 22, 2013)

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of women undergoing immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy—and this increase correlates with an increase in the use of implants, according to the results of a study published in Plastic and... Continue Reading

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