Tag: women with breast cancer

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her breasts removed after genetic testing indicated she was at increased risk of breast cancer. Her announcement came about five years after actress Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast. Media

New Science on Multivitamins and Cancer

Should you pop a multi to protect against cancer? Previous studies have found no cancer protection from taking daily multivitamin supplements. For example, the large-scale Physicians’ Health Study-II, which followed nearly 15,000 men for an average of eight years, found that vitamin E and vitamin C supplements did not reduce

Freezing Breast Cancer in Its Tracks

A new treatment for breast cancer, cryoablation, which uses extreme cold to kill cancerous cells, is currently under study at various sites across the U.S. Rache Simmons, MD, chief of breast surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, is the lead author on the initial clinical study of cryoablation and breast cancer, and

Newsbriefs: Tomoxifen; Angina; Diabetes; Dementia

Tamoxifen Helps Limit the Spread of Breast Cancer
About five percent of women with breast cancer are diagnosed with a tumor in their other breast within 10 years of their initial diagnosis. But a new study (JAMA Oncology, Oct. 6, 2016) suggests that tamoxifen (Novaldex®), and medications from another class of

A Lower Weight May Mean a Lower Risk of Lymphedema

A Lower Weight May Mean a Lower Risk of Lymphedema

Advances in medical, radiation, and surgical treatments are extending the lives of many women with breast cancer. But as survival rates increase and more and more women live longer, they also face the possibility of experiencing delayed side effects from their cancer treatments. Among these potential side effects is lymphedema,

Frontline: Breast Cancer; Cholesterol Treatment; Heart Failure

Shorter Course of Radiation Beneficial for Breast Cancer Patients
Among women with breast cancer who have had a tumor surgically removed, researchers have found that a shorter course of higher-dose radiation to one area of the breast yields similar results as a longer course of radiation to the entire breast. Data

Frontline: Acupuncture; Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiac Rehab

Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes
Researchers have found that breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes may get relief from acupuncture. In a study published online Aug. 24, 2015 in the Journal of Clinical Oncolo-gy, participants were women with breast cancer undergoing therapies that target estrogen who were experiencing multiple hot flashes

High Insulin Levels Linked with Worse Prognosis in Breast Cancer Patients

Women with breast cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body) and who have higher-than-normal insulin levels have a significantly worse prognosis than women with normal insulin levels, according to a study presented in November 2015 at the Advanced Breast Cancer Third International Consensus Conference.

The researchers, who

Drug Makes Breast Cancer Treatment Less Cardiotoxic

Powerful chemotherapy agents called anthracyclines save the lives of countless women with breast cancer, only to cause heart failure later. But taking the angiotensin-receptor blocker candesartan (Atacand) may help preserve the heart’s function. A study presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Heart Association found that women who took

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