Mechanical Shoulder Integrity Not Compromised After Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiotherapy

Mechanical Shoulder Integrity Not Compromised After Breast-Conserving Surgery, Radiotherapy

Researchers assessed shoulder mobility after breast-conserving surgery, comparing results after node-negative and node-positive treatment protocols and healthy controls.

Potential Clinically Useful Prognostic Biomarkers in Triple-negative Breast Cancer: Preliminary Results of a Retrospective Analysis

Potential Clinically Useful Prognostic Biomarkers in Triple-negative Breast Cancer: Preliminary Results of a Retrospective Analysis

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research examines possible core biomarkers for triple-negative breast cancer.

Classical Massage Mitigates CIPN Due to Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Classical Massage Mitigates CIPN Due to Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Researchers sought to determine if the complementary practice could prevent CIPN in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Quality of Life Decreased in Women With Breast Cancer During or Shortly After Pregnancy

Quality of Life Decreased in Women With Breast Cancer During or Shortly After Pregnancy

Study findings measure quality of life for pregnant patients with breast cancer and reveals the effectiveness of disease-specific assessment tools.

Systemic Imaging Not Effective in Detecting Metastatic Disease in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Systemic Imaging Not Effective in Detecting Metastatic Disease in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Study measures the usefulness of systemic imaging in early-stage breast cancer.

Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction Safe in Older Women With Breast Cancer

Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction Safe in Older Women With Breast Cancer

Few women aged 70 and older with breast cancer undergo postmastectomy breast reconstruction due to potential complications; however, these patients are not less likely to have good outcomes.

CIPN in Breast Cancer: Do Subjective and Objective Measures Correlate?

CIPN in Breast Cancer: Do Subjective and Objective Measures Correlate?

Researchers sought to determine how subjective measures of CIPN correlated with objective measures of CIPN.

Risk of Breast Cancer Higher for African American Female Veterans

Risk of Breast Cancer Higher for African American Female Veterans

Pilot study sought to determine risk of breast cancer among African American women veterans.

Expression of Chemerin Correlates With a Poor Prognosis in Female Breast Cancer Patients

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] Researchers examined chemerin expression in tissue with immunohistochemistry and analyzed the association of chemerin expression with the patients' clinical characteristics to determine its role as a predictor of the disease and its relation to disease prognosis.

Proscription on Antiperspirant Use During Radiotherapy: Does the Advice Still Apply?

Proscription on Antiperspirant Use During Radiotherapy: Does the Advice Still Apply?

In a 2-pronged study, researchers determined that antiperspirant/deodorant use is a significant part of quality of life for patients with breast cancer, and the practice does not increase risk of skin reactions in the axilla.

Risk of Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Early Stage Breast Cancer Not Age-Related

Risk of Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Early Stage Breast Cancer Not Age-Related

Using data from the phase 3 trial CALGB 40101, researchers determined the risk for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy among patients with early-stage breast cancer receiving adjuvant paclitaxel weekly or biweekly.

New Method Estimates Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence

New Method Estimates Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence

Higher recurrence risk linked to older age, more advanced stage, HR-negative tumors.

Is Surgical Intervention Best Option for Elderly Female Nursing Home Residents With Breast Cancer?

Is Surgical Intervention Best Option for Elderly Female Nursing Home Residents With Breast Cancer?

A retrospective study sought to determine the effectiveness of surgical intervention for elderly female nursing home residents with breast cancer.

Nonadherence to Tamoxifen Higher Than Reported Among Premenopausal Patients With Breast Cancer

Nonadherence to Tamoxifen Higher Than Reported Among Premenopausal Patients With Breast Cancer

Assessment of a subgroup of a cohort study revealed that many patients undergoing tamoxifen therapy for early-stage breast cancer do not adhere to their prescribed treatment, even though they claim adherence on patient surveys.

Chemoimmunotherapy Increases Survival in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Chemoimmunotherapy Increases Survival in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Atezolizumab plus nab-paclitaxel prolongs progression-free survival in metastatic disease.

Many Breast Cancer Survivors' Desire for Pregnancy Changes After Treatment

Many Breast Cancer Survivors' Desire for Pregnancy Changes After Treatment

Researchers surveyed 60 breast cancer survivors to determine if their desire to achieve pregnancy had changed after completing treatment. These findings were presented at ESMO 2018 Congress.

Shorter Trastuzumab Course Achieves Similar DFS, Less Cardiac Toxicity in HER2+ Breast Cancer

Shorter Trastuzumab Course Achieves Similar DFS, Less Cardiac Toxicity in HER2+ Breast Cancer

Study findings presented at ESMO 2018 Congress revealed the effect of a shorter, 9-week course of trastuzumab on disease-free survival (DFS) and cardiac toxicity in women with HER2-positive breast cancer.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Identify Mammographic Breast Density

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Identify Mammographic Breast Density

Researchers conducted a retrospective study to develop a DL algorithm to assess mammographic breast density.

Younger Patients Need Education on Contraceptive Use During Breast Cancer Treatment

Younger Patients Need Education on Contraceptive Use During Breast Cancer Treatment

A study from the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología demonstrated a potential need for education on fertility and contraceptive use among young women with breast cancer.

Strength and Hope for Women in the Mist of Cancer

Strength and Hope for Women in the Mist of Cancer

A review of the most feared effects of breast cancer treatment and resources to recommend to patients coping with these effects.

Prospective Study Measures Cognitive, Treatment Effects in Older Breast Cancer Survivors

Prospective Study Measures Cognitive, Treatment Effects in Older Breast Cancer Survivors

Thinking and Living With Cancer (TLC) sought to determine the effects of breast cancer treatment and age on cognitive function in older breast cancer survivors over time.

Hypofractionated Radiotherapy After Conservative Surgery May Increase Low-intermediate Grade Late Fibrosis in Breast Cancer Patients

Hypofractionated Radiotherapy After Conservative Surgery May Increase Low-intermediate Grade Late Fibrosis in Breast Cancer Patients

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] Researchers sought to determine the incidence of subcutaneous side effects in patients with early-stage breast cancer treated with AHF-RT vs standard fractionated RT after breast conserving surgery.

Should Increased Breast Density Dictate More Breast Cancer Screenings?

Should Increased Breast Density Dictate More Breast Cancer Screenings?

Pros and cons of increased breast cancer screening in women with dense breasts are presented by experts.

Treatment Strategies and Predicting Prognoses in Elderly Patients With Breast Cancer

Treatment Strategies and Predicting Prognoses in Elderly Patients With Breast Cancer

[Cancer Management and Research] Data from a total of 16,998 patients with breast cancer included in the SEER database were evaluated to determine the prognosis of various treatment options for elderly patients.

Weight Loss May Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Weight Loss May Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Researchers have linked weight loss with a lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Advances in Radiogenomics: A Review

Advances in Radiogenomics: A Review

Researchers are seeking genetic biomarkers that can predict which patients are most likely to suffer radiotoxicities and which can safely undergo intensified radiation treatment regimens.

Second Opinions from Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board Are Beneficial

Second Opinions from Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board Are Beneficial

A retrospective, observational study investigated the impact of obtaining a second opinion of a breast cancer diagnosis from a multidisciplinary tumor board.

Self-Care Toolkits Ease Negative PostSurgery Experiences for Patients With Breast Cancer

Self-Care Toolkits Ease Negative PostSurgery Experiences for Patients With Breast Cancer

Self-care toolkits were found to reduce pain and other negative postsurgical experiences for women undergoing surgical procedures for breast cancer.

Current Practices in Breast Reconstruction After Treatment for Breast Cancer

Current Practices in Breast Reconstruction After Treatment for Breast Cancer

Researchers present a review of postmastectomy breast reconstruction options and patient preferences.

Anticancer and Cardio-protective Effects of Liposomal Doxorubicin in the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Anticancer and Cardio-protective Effects of Liposomal Doxorubicin in the Treatment of Breast Cancer

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research examines the mechanism of action of L-DOX and its most common side effects and highlight results of its use in clinical trials for the treatment of BC as single agent and in combination with other commonly used chemotherapeutics.

Discussing Treatment Costs Reduces Risk of Financial Harm for Patients With Breast Cancer

Discussing Treatment Costs Reduces Risk of Financial Harm for Patients With Breast Cancer

Results of an electronic survey of women with a history of stage 0-III breast cancer revealed patients' preferences for including costs when discussing treatment options with their cancer care team.

Promising New Way to Identify Breast Cancer Tumors

Promising New Way to Identify Breast Cancer Tumors

An examination of the parameters of a cell's nucleus can help identify the molecular markers of breast cancer tumors.

Routine Scanning in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Unnecessary, Greater Harms

Routine Scanning in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Unnecessary, Greater Harms

A study presented at 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium demonstrates further support for Choosing Wisely Initiative's recommendations against routine scanning in early-stage breast cancer.

Cardiac Monitoring Advised for High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients

Cardiac Monitoring Advised for High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients

Trastuzumab and certain chemotherapy treatments can increase patient risk of heart failure.

Additional Mammography Between Regular Screenings May Improve Breast Cancer Detection

Additional Mammography Between Regular Screenings May Improve Breast Cancer Detection

The MSP in Germany is designed to detect breast cancer during annually scheduled screenings and between the last negative and following screening among survivors.

Long-term Survival Effect of the Interval Between Mastectomy and Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

Long-term Survival Effect of the Interval Between Mastectomy and Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

[Cancer Management and Research] Retrospective study investigates the effect of radiotherapy on long-term survival in patients who underwent mastectomy for breast cancer at various time intervals.

Reimagine Program May Improve Fatigue, Depression Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Reimagine Program May Improve Fatigue, Depression Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Investigators examined the impact of online symptom self-management on chronic pain symptoms associated with breast cancer survivorship.

OS Better With Ovarian Suppression Plus Tamoxifen or Exemestane for Premenopausal Breast Cancer

OS Better With Ovarian Suppression Plus Tamoxifen or Exemestane for Premenopausal Breast Cancer

Tamoxifen or exemestane plus ovarian suppression more effectively increases survival than tamoxifen alone for premenopausal women with breast cancer.

Benefit of Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Observed With Midrange Gene Assay Score

Benefit of Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Observed With Midrange Gene Assay Score

In a randomization of women with early-stage breast cancer, researchers explored the potential benefits of chemotherapy for women whose Oncotype DX RS was midrange.

Young Survivors of Breast Cancer Report Sexual Quality of Life Declines After Treatment

Young Survivors of Breast Cancer Report Sexual Quality of Life Declines After Treatment

Using 2 established sexual function questionnaires, researchers evaluated the effect of breast cancer treatment on sexual quality of life for survivors of the disease.

Combined Digital Screening Best for Detecting Breast Cancers

Combined Digital Screening Best for Detecting Breast Cancers

Digital mammography and tomosynthesis proved superior to digital mammography alone, according to a study.

ASCO Endorses SIO Guideline for Integrative Therapies in Breast Cancer

ASCO Endorses SIO Guideline for Integrative Therapies in Breast Cancer

Guideline recommends therapies for reducing anxiety/stress, depression/mood disorders, nausea

CDC Reports Screening Drop in Breast, Cervical, and Prostate Cancers

CDC Reports Screening Drop in Breast, Cervical, and Prostate Cancers

CDC investigators found that from 2000 to 2015, screening for breast, cervical, and prostate cancers decreased significantly.

Mortality Rates for Lung Cancer Likely to Surpass Breast Cancer Among Women by 2030

Mortality Rates for Lung Cancer Likely to Surpass Breast Cancer Among Women by 2030

Screening practices and smoking habits are expected to have a significant impact on mortality rates for lung cancer and breast cancer among women in high-income countries.

Paget Disease of the Breast (Fact Sheet)

Paget Disease of the Breast (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet reviews Paget disease of the breast symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

In a multicenter study, researchers sought to determine if acupuncture effectively relieved aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain in patients with breast cancer.

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Researchers sought to determine if men with prostate cancer would derive the same benefits from hypnosis as women with breast cancer. Their results highlight significant differences in what is helpful for men vs women.

Higher Vitamin D Levels Associated With Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Higher Vitamin D Levels Associated With Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Pooled analysis finds levels 60 ng/mL are most protective among women aged 55 years and older

Combination Training Regimens Improve QOL for Breast Cancer Survivors

Combination Training Regimens Improve QOL for Breast Cancer Survivors

A systematic review of 36 studies evaluated their findings to determine an overall effect of various types of exercise on quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Financial Toxicity Discussions an Unmet Need for Breast Cancer Patients

Financial Toxicity Discussions an Unmet Need for Breast Cancer Patients

Survey responses revealed that clinicians and patients do not agree on whether discussions regarding the impact of treatment on employment and/or financial status occur or are helpful.

Dinner Hour and Sleep Habits Affect Risk of Breast, Prostate Cancers

Dinner Hour and Sleep Habits Affect Risk of Breast, Prostate Cancers

A population-based, case-control study identified a link between timing of meals and interval between last meal and sleep with risk of cancer, particularly of the breast and prostate.

Choice of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Affects Satisfaction, Quality of Life

Choice of Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Affects Satisfaction, Quality of Life

A prospective trial with more than 2000 women who underwent mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction sought to determine patient satisfaction with their breasts and quality of life annually over 4 years after their procedure.

Genetic Link Between Depression and Breast Cancer Remains Unclear

Genetic Link Between Depression and Breast Cancer Remains Unclear

In this study, researchers sought to determine if a genetic predisposition to depression exists in some patients with breast cancer and how to identify it.

Bariatric Surgery Reduced Risk of Some Cancers in Obese Patients

Bariatric Surgery Reduced Risk of Some Cancers in Obese Patients

Weight loss associated with bariatric surgery could reduce risk of hormone-related cancers, but an increased risk for colorectal cancer was seen in patients who underwent gastric bypass.

Handgrip Force May Provide Objective Evaluation of Cancer-Related Fatigue

Handgrip Force May Provide Objective Evaluation of Cancer-Related Fatigue

Researchers sought to determine if handgrip force could provide objective measures of CRF in patients with cancer.

Higher Cancer Rates Confirmed in Women With Dense Breasts

Higher Cancer Rates Confirmed in Women With Dense Breasts

Higher rate of recall, lower sensitivity, larger tumor diameter, and more lymph node-positive disease observed in women with dense breasts.

Combined Microwave Ablation and Minimally Invasive Open Decompression for the Management of Thoracic Metastasis in Breast Cancer

Combined Microwave Ablation and Minimally Invasive Open Decompression for the Management of Thoracic Metastasis in Breast Cancer

[Cancer Management and Research] An investigation into the efficacy of microwave ablation and minimally invasive open decompression treatment for breast cancer with thoracic metastases.

High BMI Among Premenopausal Women May Improve Risk for Breast Cancer

High BMI Among Premenopausal Women May Improve Risk for Breast Cancer

Researchers report on a study to determine the relationship between BMI and risk for breast cancer among younger women, particularly those 18 to 24 years old.

FDA-Approved Breast Cancer Drug Treatments

FDA-approved oral and injectable treatment options for breast cancer.

Drug Classification of Trastuzumab

Drug Classification of Trastuzumab

Is trastuzumab classified as an immunotherapy? If so, how does it work?

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

Developing a Specialty Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic

Creating a multidisciplinary breast clinic can ensure that patients with breast cancer receive care that is timely, effective, and efficient, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

Marissa Fors, director of CancerCare's Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Helpline, talked with Dr Penelope Damaskos, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about breast cancer risk and related challenges for women who identify as lesbian and their healthcare providers.

A High Number of Breast Cancer Survivors Do Not Undergo Annual Surveillance

A High Number of Breast Cancer Survivors Do Not Undergo Annual Surveillance

A sizable number of breast cancer survivors do not undergo annual surveillance.

Radiotherapy Outcomes Improved When Breast Cancer CTCs Detectable

Radiotherapy Outcomes Improved When Breast Cancer CTCs Detectable 

Researchers explored connections between overall survival and adjuvant radiotherapy when factoring in CTC status.

Personalized Therapy Shows Promise in Metastatic Breast Cancer

Personalized Therapy Shows Promise in Metastatic Breast Cancer

A personalized therapy can mediate complete durable cancer regression, according to study results.

Primary Prophylaxis Key in Reducing Febrile Neutropenia in Early Breast Cancer

Primary Prophylaxis Key in Reducing Febrile Neutropenia in Early Breast Cancer

In a retrospective study, researchers investigated the effect of primary prophylaxis on incidence of febrile neutropenia in patients with early stage breast cancer.

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

A review of current options and ongoing trials for managing ARIE, a common esophageal adverse effect caused by radiotherapy to the thoracic region for lung, breast, or head and neck cancers, or lymphoma.

Ado-trastuzumab Emtansine Effective in HER2 Amplified Non-breast, Non-gastric Cancers

Ado-trastuzumab Emtansine Effective in HER2 Amplified Non-breast, Non-gastric Cancers

Study results presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated effectiveness of ado-trastuzumab emtansine in non-breast non-gastric HER2-amplified cancers.

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

In a multicenter phase 2 study, the Walk With Ease program was evaluated for its effectiveness in reducing radiotherapy-associated fatigue vs usual care in older patients with breast cancer. Results were presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Sarcopenia, Adiposity Help Determine Management Strategies for Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer

Sarcopenia, Adiposity Help Determine Management Strategies for Nonmetastatic Breast Cancer

Sarcopenia and adiposity measures may help clinicians steer management strategies for some patients with breast cancer.

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Impair Lung Function

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Impair Lung Function

Long-term analysis determined the effect of postadjuvant dose-dense chemotherapy on DLCO among women with breast cancer.

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

Patient-Provider Conversations Regarding Financial Impact of Cancer Therapy Lacking

Survey results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting demonstrated the effects of financial toxicity on patients with early stage breast cancer.

Low-fat Diet May Improve Overall Survival in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

Low-fat Diet May Improve Overall Survival in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

In a follow-up to the Women's Health Initiative study, researchers determined the effect of a low-fat diet on overall survival after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Computer analysis is not better than human clinical evaluation when it comes to measuring breast density

1. Similar associations were observed with clinical BI-RADS and automated BI-RADS with respect to interval and screen-detected cancer. 2. Both automated and clinical BI-RADS showed similar discriminatory accuracy and mammography accuracy. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: In the United States, the standard for monitoring breast density is through the Breast Imaging Reporting and []

Evolution of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Evolution of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

A review of HER2-positive breast cancer, including etiology, diagnosis, and treatments.

Relative Survival for AYAs Comparable to General Population After 7 Years

Relative Survival for AYAs Comparable to General Population After 7 Years

Survivorship plans for adolescent and young adult survivors need to consider the relative long-term survival for AYAs with certain cancers. Those with certain cancers may have excess long-term mortality.

Poor Prognosis for Interval Breast Cancer Following Negative Mammography

Poor Prognosis for Interval Breast Cancer Following Negative Mammography

Researchers discovered that the likelihood of a poor prognosis was increased for cases of cancer diagnosed after screening mammography with negative results versus those diagnosed after mammography with positive results.

Various Factors Effect Risk for Interval Invasive Second Breast Cancers

Various Factors Effect Risk for Interval Invasive Second Breast Cancers

A review of surveillance mammography demonstrated the potential value of these images in post primary therapy treatment of women with breast cancer.

Following False-Positive Results, Patients More Likely to Have Future Cancer Screenings

Following False-Positive Results, Patients More Likely to Have Future Cancer Screenings

The researchers found that the choice to undergo future screenings appeared to be influenced by previous false-positive results for both men and women.

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

Cancer Screening Follow-up: Enabling Timely Diagnosis, Treatment

A review of the literature on follow-up after positive screening results led researchers to a consensus opinion on timing of diagnostic tests for 4 cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung.

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

A randomized study assessed the effectiveness of an Internet-based psychological intervention in helping women survivors of breast cancer cope with the changes brought by their disease and treatment.

Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Burden Greater for Black vs White Women

Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Burden Greater for Black vs White Women

In a study that evaluated outcomes for younger, working age women with breast cancer, researchers identified differences in cancer-related financial adverse events in black women vs white women.

False-Positive Cancer Screening Results May Increase Likelihood of Future Screenings

False-Positive Cancer Screening Results May Increase Likelihood of Future Screenings

A logistic regression analysis determined the effect receiving a false-positive result had on future participation in cancer screenings.

Spotlight on Triptorelin in the Treatment of Premenopausal Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Spotlight on Triptorelin in the Treatment of Premenopausal Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] Researchers present a review of the LHRH agonist triptorelin and the use of this agent to induce chemical castration in estrogen-sensitive breast cancer tumors in younger women.

Combination Effective as First-Line Therapy in Advanced ER-Positive HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

Combination Effective as First-Line Therapy in Advanced ER-Positive HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

In this open label phase 2 BOLERO-4 study, researchers evaluated the effect of everolimus plus endocrine therapy on progression-free survival.

In Older Women With Breast Cancer QoL May Predict 10-Year Mortality

In Older Women With Breast Cancer QoL May Predict 10-Year Mortality

A model that incorporates HRQOL was found to outperform a model that only employs traditional prognostic variables.

Factoring in Breast Density Improves Long-Term Risk Models for Breast Cancer

Factoring in Breast Density Improves Long-Term Risk Models for Breast Cancer

A study using a cohort of women from Kaiser Permanente Washington evaluated the accuracy of risk assessment models for breast cancer that included classic risk factors with and without breast density as an additional factor during more than 10 years of follow-up.

Heart-Specific Mortality Not Higher Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Heart-Specific Mortality Not Higher Among Breast Cancer Survivors

A retrospective cohort study of data from the SEER database assessed the potential risk of cardiac-related mortality in patients with breast cancer, treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, vs the general population.

Palpable Cancers Detected at Smaller Size in Breasts With Implants

Palpable Cancers Detected at Smaller Size in Breasts With Implants

Researchers reviewed 48 cases of patients with prior breast augmentation undergoing breast cancer treatment to determine detection rate and treatment choices.

Benefit of Lymph Node Biopsies May Be Limited in Microinvasive Breast Cancer

Benefit of Lymph Node Biopsies May Be Limited in Microinvasive Breast Cancer

Researchers sought to determine the benefit of managing microinvasive breast cancer similarly to invasive tumors in a retrospective study.

Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Advances in breast imaging such as DBT offer better, clearer images of breast tissue that can identify even low-grade DCIS tumors. But will more sensitive imaging lead to improved outcomes or increased overtreatment?

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Spousal, Partner Perception of Coping Affects Adjustments in Breast Cancer

Male spouse or partner perspectives on a female patient's ability to cope was found to have a positive effect on her ability to cope and adjust to her disease. Unfortunately, this effect remains rarely researched and poorly understood among patients with breast cancer in same sex relationships.

Taxane Acute Pain Syndrome in Cancer Therapy: Occurrence, Impact on Quality of Life

Taxane Acute Pain Syndrome in Cancer Therapy: Occurrence, Impact on Quality of Life

Results of a prospective study of patients with breast or prostate cancer demonstrate the impact of taxane-based chemotherapy on quality of life.

Choosing Wisely After Publication of Level I Evidence in Breast Cancer Radiotherapy

Choosing Wisely After Publication of Level I Evidence in Breast Cancer Radiotherapy

[Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy] In this retrospective analysis of medical records and estimated costs of treatment, investigators demonstrated that rapid change based on level I evidence is feasible.

Increases in CVD Risk Factors Associated With Worse Survival in Breast Cancer

Increases in CVD Risk Factors Associated With Worse Survival in Breast Cancer

Researchers assessed outcomes of elderly patients with breast cancer to identify the correlation between cardiovascular disease risk factors and overall survival in survivors older than 66.

Women With Schizophrenia May Be at Greater Risk for Breast Cancer

Women With Schizophrenia May Be at Greater Risk for Breast Cancer

Pooled analysis indicated that schizophrenia was associated with a significantly increased risk of breast cancer incidence in women, but researchers had some reservations with the results.

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test for Select BRCA Mutations Gets FDA Nod

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test for Select BRCA Mutations Gets FDA Nod

The US FDA has approved a consumer test that may indicate increased breast and ovarian cancer risk in some individuals.

Intervention Improves Breast Cancer Survivors' Memory Contentment

Intervention Improves Breast Cancer Survivors' Memory Contentment

Results of a prospective study demonstrated the effectiveness of a 1-hour psychoeducational intervention designed to help survivors of breast cancer manage their chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction and improve their memory contentment.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Not Completely Reflective of Race, Age

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Not Completely Reflective of Race, Age

An analysis of SEER data sought to examine the appropriateness of age- and race-specific breast cancer screening recommendations for white vs nonwhite women in the United States.

Cost vs Benefits: The Controversy Over Proton Beam Radiotherapy

Cost vs Benefits: The Controversy Over Proton Beam Radiotherapy

At $225 million per system, the precision of proton beam radiotherapy is not necessarily overshadowing its high costs. Yet ongoing studies seek to determine how this technology fits into current treatment regimens for prostate, breast, and other cancers.

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