Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer

January 26, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study.
The lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women, the study authors found.
This finding is worrisome because knowing about a […]

Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

January 15, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests.
The new findings suggest “that it is metabolic health, and not overweight per se, that is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women,” said study […]

Race, Ethnicity Affect Breast Cancer Survival, Study Shows

January 13, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Your chances of being diagnosed with early breast cancer, as well as surviving it, vary greatly depending on your race and ethnicity, a new study indicates.
“It had been assumed lately that we could explain the differences in outcome by access to care,” said lead […]

Herceptin May Benefit Some Women With Early Breast Cancer

January 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For some women with early breast tumors, lower-dose chemotherapy and the drug Herceptin may help ward off a cancer recurrence, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings, published in the Jan. 8 New England Journal of Medicine, could offer the first standard treatment approach for […]

Study Finds Link Between Cancer Diagnosis, Stroke Risk

January 7, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for stroke in the months after they find out they have the disease. And the risk of stroke is higher among those with more aggressive cancer, a new study says.
The findings come from an analysis of Medicare claims submitted […]

Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be More Dangerous Than Thought

December 31, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who have a pre-cancerous condition known as atypical hyperplasia of the breast are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than experts had believed, a new study finds.
Hyperplasia is an overgrowth of cells. When it occurs in a distorted pattern, it’s called atypical hyperplasia. […]

Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

December 31, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds.
Even so, the annual report also predict that within a few […]

Breast Cancer Chemo Tied to Small But Significant Leukemia Risk

December 24, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among early stage breast cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, less than half of one percent will eventually develop leukemia as a result of their treatment, a new analysis reveals.
The finding comes from a review of more than 20,000 breast cancer cases treated between 1998 and […]

FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.
Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug is for women who […]

No Link Between Migraine, Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says

December 12, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A large, new study should reassure the millions of American women who have migraine: The debilitating headaches don’t raise the risk for breast cancer.
“There is no association between migraine and breast cancer risk,” said lead researcher Rulla Tamimi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard […]


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