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 [...]

Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

September 30, 2014

By Alan MozesHealth Day Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests.
The finding didn’t speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated [...]

Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.
HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer, [...]

Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy

September 29, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A study in rats hints that exposure to dim light at night may make human breast cancer tumors resistant to the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.
However, giving the rats a melatonin supplement prevented this light-linked resistance to doxorubicin, the most widely used cancer chemotherapy drug in the world.
Prior rat-based research [...]


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