Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy

October 31, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found.
“We know that hormone therapy for women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer can reduce recurrence by up to 50 percent,” study leader Dr. Dawn Hershman, an [...]

Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics

October 31, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show.
One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women.
“We’ve known [...]

After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers

October 28, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds.
Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During [...]

Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

October 21, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study.
The genetic variant originates from native Americans and reduces breast cancer risk by 40 percent to 80 percent, particularly the more aggressive estrogen receptor-negative forms of the [...]

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

October 20, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows.
The study found that adding a year of Herceptin (trastuzumab) to standard chemotherapy improved overall survival by 37 percent. [...]

Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival

October 16, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review.
Researchers analyzed 85 studies that included more than 164,000 women worldwide and found that breast cancer patient survival may be associated with: a healthy weight, physical activity, eating foods [...]

Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

October 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found.
“Patients are more likely to take their medications if they are able to afford them,” said lead author [...]

Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain

October 13, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery — a mastectomy — reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says.
More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, [...]

Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds

October 6, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One out of three people diagnosed with cancer also wind up struggling with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, a new study from Germany reports.
Many people seem to cope with the natural stress of a cancer diagnosis, but for about 32 percent [...]

More Women Having Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer Treatment

October 3, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of breast cancer patients in the United States are having breast reconstruction surgery immediately after breast removal (mastectomy), a new study shows.
This steady increase over the past 15 years is especially notable among women who were once considered too high-risk for breast reconstruction surgery, including [...]


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