Breast Cancer

Breast cancer detection

Clinical breast examination in addition to mammography improves breast cancer detection and sensitivity, but also increases false positives

Risk of breast cancer after tangential fields radiotherapy

Women with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy using tangential fields–where radiation is directed at an angle to the breast–after lumpectomy show increased risk of cancer in the other breast, with an even higher risk in younger women and in those with family members who have had breast cancer.

Obesity and cancer risk

Overweight and obesity were responsible for 124,000 new cancers in Europe in 2008, the results of a modelling study suggest. The proportion of new cancers attributable to a BMI of 25kg/m2 or more was highest among women and in central European countries.

Toxicity indicates success in breast cancer

Vasomotor and joint symptoms in breast cancer patients receiving endocrine treatment may indicate treatment success, according to a retrospective analysis of the ATAC (Arimidex, Tamoxifen, Alone or in Combination) trial.

The Inside Edge, Sept 2009

A collection of recent articles from the medical literature discuss surgically removing and evaluating an increasing number of lymph nodes in patients with colorectal cancer; Black women with breast cancer have a greater chance of dying from the disease than white women; chemotherapy plus radiotherapy with or without resection (preferably lobectomy) are options for patients with stage IIIA (N2) non-small cell lung cancer; respecting the patient’s preferences for treatment is a key component of high quality end of life care; and frankincense oil could prove a useful gift in the treatment of bladder cancer

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