Breast Cancer

Increase in Rate of Breast Reconstruction for Mastectomy

Increase in Rate of Breast Reconstruction for Mastectomy

From 2009 to 2014, increases for all age groups, especially for women aged 65 years and older

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

Prosthetic Nipple Crowns Survivor's Quest for Improved Breast Reconstruction

When her search for a realistic nipple to complete her breast reconstruction alluded Michelle Kolath-Arbel, a breast cancer survivor, she decided to make one herself.

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

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The transition from active treatment to survivorship for patients with breast cancer can be as complex as the disease. An oncology social worker discusses the challenges of this "new unknown" in the continuum of care.

Pursuing Aggressive Treatment Impacts Breast Cancer Patients' Employment

Pursuing Aggressive Treatment Impacts Breast Cancer Patients' Employment

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Investigators surveyed more than 3000 patients with breast cancer and found that disruptions to employment and work stoppage were greater in those who underwent more aggressive treatment options.

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

Breast Cancer Recurrence Not a Deterrent for Survivors Who Wish to Conceive

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This study explored the potential for pregnancy and breastfeeding among women who survived breast cancer, particularly those with ER-positive disease, and the impact of pregnancy on disease recurrence.

DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

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Patients with breast cancer experiencing fatigue need to be encouraged to exercise. In this study, investigators measured the impact of enhancing oncologist recommendations with a yoga-based DVD.

Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy (Fact Sheet)

Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet examines methods of breast reconstruction for patients with breast cancer and treatment implications after surgery.

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

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Researchers report that adjuvant HFRT and adjuvant CFRT offer similar benefits to women with high-risk breast cancer after mastectomy in an oral presentation at the 59th Annual Meeting of ASTRO.

Severe Mental Illness May Worsen Breast Cancer Survival Outcomes

Severe Mental Illness May Worsen Breast Cancer Survival Outcomes

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Retrospective analysis of data from more than 19,000 women revealed that all-cause mortality rates are higher in women with breast cancer who have a prior diagnosis of a mental illness.

Imaging Management of Breast Density, a Controversial Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Imaging Management of Breast Density, a Controversial Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

[Cancer Control] This research reviews the evidence regarding breast density as a risk factor for the development of breast cancer and presents a management strategy for screening women with dense breasts.

Beginning Regular Breast Screening Earlier May Produce Optimal Survival

Beginning Regular Breast Screening Earlier May Produce Optimal Survival

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Researchers examined popular breast cancer screening recommendations and their varying impact on patient mortality.

Oncological Safety and Cosmetic Outcomes in Oncoplastic Breast Conservation Surgery, a Review of the Best Level of Evidence Literature

Oncological Safety and Cosmetic Outcomes in Oncoplastic Breast Conservation Surgery, a Review of the Best Level of Evidence Literature

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This review examines oncological safety in oncoplastic breast conservation surgery, local recurrence and patient outcome, postoperative complications, and cosmetic outcomes.

Options Available for Estrogen Depletion After Breast Cancer

Options Available for Estrogen Depletion After Breast Cancer

Women should be encouraged to optimize lifestyle and should not generally be treated with hormone therapy following breast cancer.

Perioperative Blockade of Pathways May Improve Outcomes in Breast Cancer

Perioperative Blockade of Pathways May Improve Outcomes in Breast Cancer

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Blocking the beta-adrenergic and COX-2 pathways in the perioperative period may inhibit cellular and molecular pathways associated with metastasis and disease recurrence in patients with early stage breast cancer.

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

A majority of patients with early-stage breast cancer consider undergoing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

Starting Screening Mammography at Age 40 Leads to Greatest Mortality Benefit

Starting Screening Mammography at Age 40 Leads to Greatest Mortality Benefit

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An analysis of the 3 most adhered to protocols for screening mammography for breast cancer revealed that the greatest benefit is achieved with annual screening beginning at age 40 years.

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

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Results of a recent study demonstrated overall survival was better among women who underwent breast-conserving surgery vs mastectomy. Furthermore, best overall survival was achieved with adjuvant radiotherapy in the former group and systemic therapy in the latter group.

Risk of Some Cancers Higher in Women With a History of Periodontal Disease

Risk of Some Cancers Higher in Women With a History of Periodontal Disease

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A study on a cohort of women enrolled in the WHI-OS shows that those with a history of periodontal disease had a higher risk for developing some cancers.

Breast-Conserving Surgery Recommended For Younger Women With Breast Cancer

Breast-Conserving Surgery Recommended For Younger Women With Breast Cancer

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A study finds that report that overall outcomes and prognosis have significantly improved over time for women aged 40 years and younger with breast cancer who undergo breast conserving surgery, and the procedure should be recommended to these patients.

Adjuvant Partial Breast Radiotherapy Noninferior in Preventing Relapse in Local Breast Cancer

Adjuvant Partial Breast Radiotherapy Noninferior in Preventing Relapse in Local Breast Cancer

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Partial-breast and reduced-dose radiotherapy was found to be noninferior in preventing local relapse compared with whole-breast radiation therapy in patients with early stage breast cancer with a lower-than-average risk of relapse.

Emerging Treatments for HER2-positive Early-stage Breast Cancer: Focus on Neratinib

Emerging Treatments for HER2-positive Early-stage Breast Cancer: Focus on Neratinib

[OncoTargets and Therapy] This research reviews available data on the role of the HER2 pathway in breast cancer and on the different targeted agents for the treatment of patients with early-stage HER2-positive disease, with a particular focus on neratinib.

A Systematic Literature Review Exploring the Prevalence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Role Played by Stress and Traumatic Stress in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Trajectory

A Systematic Literature Review Exploring the Prevalence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Role Played by Stress and Traumatic Stress in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Trajectory

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research examines literature regarding the prevalence of PTSD in breast cancer patients and reviews mechanisms by which stress impacts cancer risk.

Physical Activity Improves Cognitive Function for Breast Cancer Survivors

Physical Activity Improves Cognitive Function for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was found to improve working memory and executive function in survivors of breast cancer.

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

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Use of antiperspirant or deodorant does not adversely affect potential for dermal toxicity or surface concentrations of aluminum in the axilla in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Bilateral Mastectomy Without Proper Genetic Counseling

Bilateral Mastectomy Without Proper Genetic Counseling

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic variants of uncertain significance (VUS) undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy without receiving genetic counseling.

Disease-Free Survival After Breast Cancer Comparable With Exemestane, Sequential Tamoxifen/Exemestane

Disease-Free Survival After Breast Cancer Comparable With Exemestane, Sequential Tamoxifen/Exemestane

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A 10-year follow-up study finds disease-free survival (DFS) comparable with exemestane and sequential tamoxifen/exemestane in patients with HR-positive breast cancer.

Vitamin D3 Supplementation Has No Impact on Breast Density Percentage, Breast Cancer Risk

Vitamin D3 Supplementation Has No Impact on Breast Density Percentage, Breast Cancer Risk

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Supplementation with vitamin D3 in premenopausal women does not have a significant effect on breast density percentage, nor does it reduce breast cancer risk.

A Review of CDK4/6 Toxicities and Interactions Management in Breast Cancer

A Review of CDK4/6 Toxicities and Interactions Management in Breast Cancer

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CDK4/6 inhibitors, which block the activity of regulatory enzymes, are tolerated fairly well in patients with cancer; however, oncology nurses should be aware of some strategies that minimize their adverse effects.

Relationship Between Breast Cancer and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Inconclusive

Relationship Between Breast Cancer and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Inconclusive

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Although a strong correlation between breast cancer diagnosis and stress has been noted — particularly in the form of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — there is no demonstrable evidence to suggest a direct causal relationship between them.

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

Counseling Regarding Genetic Testing in Breast Cancer Lacking, Yet Many Still Undergo BLM

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Many women with breast cancer with genetic VUS undergo testing and bilateral mastectomy (BLM) without ever receiving genetic counseling.

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