A Healthy Lifestyle Can Slash Cancer Risk By Up to 45%

June 24, 2016

A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and eating nutritiously can lower your risk of developing cancer by as much as 45 percent, a new evidence review concludes.

Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment

June 24, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may blunt the effectiveness of a certain kind of breast cancer treatment, new research suggests.
Among breast cancer patients taking a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, smokers had a three times greater risk of their cancer returning than nonsmokers, the investigators found. However, the […]

Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

June 22, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There’s evidence that the position a woman is placed in during her pre-surgical breast MRI could influence — for better or worse — the scan’s accuracy.
The small study, from radiologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, suggests that MRI images taken before breast cancer surgery could […]

U.S. Black Women Get Less Care to Prevent Breast Cancer Return

June 7, 2016

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Black breast cancer survivors in the United States are less likely than white or Hispanic women to get follow-up genetic screening and surgeries that can help prevent a return of cancer, new research finds.
Among more than 1,600 women diagnosed by age 50, almost twice […]

Taking Hormone-Suppressing Drugs for 10 Years Could Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

June 6, 2016

New research finds that taking an alternative, and less troublesome, class of medications for a full decade can reduce the risk for recurrence—without affecting a woman’s quality of life.

Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

June 6, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of young or middle-aged Americans with terminal cancer receive aggressive treatment during the last month of their lives, even though such care may provide nothing but misery, a new study estimates.
An analysis of insurance records found that cancer patients often undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy […]

Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors

June 4, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, June 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Biopsies can be arduous and painful for cancer patients, but necessary to accurately diagnose the disease and determine the best course of treatment.
Now, researchers report that a new blood-based “liquid biopsy” seems to be a groundbreaking alternative.
Doctors used blood drawn from a patient’s arm to […]

Cheaper Breast Cancer Drug Does Well in Clinical Trial

June 3, 2016

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For women with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer, a similar but less expensive experimental drug works just as well as the standard drug Herceptin (trastuzumab), a new study finds.
HER2-positive tumors contain certain genes that are associated with more rapid tumor growth and a worse prognosis, according to the […]

‘Smart Bomb’ Targets Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer

June 3, 2016

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new drug therapy shows promise for treating triple-negative breast cancer, an especially aggressive form of the disease, researchers say.
A recent trial — the second of three needed for approval in the United States — found the treatment halted cancer progression for nearly six […]

Mindfulness Meditation Seems to Soothe Breast Cancer Survivors

June 2, 2016

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness meditation seems to help breast cancer patients better manage symptoms of fatigue, anxiety and fear of recurrence, a new study suggests.
Previous research has found that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and anxiety in the general population as well as in breast cancer survivors. But, […]


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