Numbing Breast Cancer Numbers
Most breast cancers are treated with surgery to remove either the tumor or the breast itself. Either operation requires some form of anesthesia to numb the body from pain and put the patient to sleep. New research suggests the type of anesthesia used during breast cancer surgery may affect outcomes.
Double-Pronged Attack on Ovarian Cancer
Sometimes cancer needs more than one kind of treatment to shrink or disappear. That’s why treatment often includes a mixture of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. In a recent study, ovarian cancer responded to a double-pronged attack.
Multivitamins May Supplement Cancer Survival
About a third of Americans take a multivitamin with minerals — the most commonly used type of dietary supplement in the US. A new study looked at the impact of this use on breast cancer survival.
New HER2 Testing Guidelines
Two leading professional medical societies have joined forces to issue a new recommendation for all newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer patients. The aim of these guidelines is to improve precision treatment of an aggressive form of the disease.
Doubling Down on Double Mastectomies
Learning you have breast cancer can be shocking and life-changing. Some women don’t ever want to go through the experience again and choose to have both of their breasts removed to protect themselves, even if the cancer is limited to only one breast. A new study looked at the survival benefits of such a decision.
Tracking Breast Cancer After Therapy
Women whose breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes often have chemotherapy. This can be done before surgery to give her the possibility of having breast-conserving therapy. But how do physicians know if there’s still cancer in the lymph nodes after the chemotherapy?
An Hour a Day to Keep Breast Cancer Away
Research has demonstrated that physical activity lowers the risk of breast cancer. What hasn’t been clear are the specifics – how long and how intense the exercise needs to be to cut risks. A new study drills down on how exercise can reduce a postmenopausal woman's chances of developing breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Radiation Technique Extends Life
Researchers and scientists continue to find new and better ways of treating breast cancer. And may of these improvements not only help patients live longer, but are gentler on the patient and improve quality of life during treatment.
Can Hormone Therapy Prevent Chronic Illness?
Hormone replacement therapy is often considered for treatment of menopause symptoms. Could it potentially treat more serious conditions?
Sparing the Knives and the Nodes
One of the first places breast cancer spreads is to the lymph nodes closest to the tumor. Learning where the cancer has spread is important for making treatment decisions. A new review looked at the risks and benefits of various surgical means of removing lymph nodes.