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Hormonal Therapy is treatment that adds, blocks, or removes hormones. For certain conditions (such as diabetes or menopause), hormones are given to adjust low hormone levels. To slow or stop the growth of certain cancers (such as prostate and breast cancer), synthetic hormones or other drugs may be given to block the body’s natural hormones. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the gland that makes a certain hormone. Also called endocrine therapy, hormone therapy, and hormone treatment.
Multi-gene test can help identify early breast cancer patients who can safely be spared chemotherapy

Multi-gene test can help identify early breast cancer patients who can safely be spared chemotherapy

Researchers have shown for the first time that it is possible to use a multi-gene test to identify patients with early breast cancer who can be spared chemotherapy and who will still be alive and well five years after diagnosis. [More]
Delivering microRNAs in cancer treatment: an interview with Dr Conde and Prof Artzi

Delivering microRNAs in cancer treatment: an interview with Dr Conde and Prof Artzi

microRNAs (miRs) are small endogenous noncoding RNA molecules (20–23 nucleotides) derived from imperfectly paired hairpin RNA structures naturally encoded in the genome that act specifically as triggering molecules to control translational repression or mRNA degradation. [More]
Pfizer’s IBRANCE (palbociclib) now approved for use in women with HR+, HER2- metastatic breast cancer

Pfizer’s IBRANCE (palbociclib) now approved for use in women with HR+, HER2- metastatic breast cancer

Pfizer Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication expanding the use of IBRANCE (palbociclib) 125mg capsules, Pfizer’s metastatic breast cancer therapy. [More]
Women suffering from blood clots can safely take hormone replacement therapy with anticoagulants

Women suffering from blood clots can safely take hormone replacement therapy with anticoagulants

New research published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), is the first to demonstrate that women on blood thinners can take estrogen-containing contraception or hormone replacement therapy without an increased risk of blood clots or uterine bleeding. [More]
Active surveillance may be a viable treatment for select DCIS patients

Active surveillance may be a viable treatment for select DCIS patients

Active surveillance could be a viable alternative to surgery and radiation for select patients with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, according to a mathematical model developed by researchers at Duke University. [More]
Combination treatment provides effective one-two punch against prostate cancer

Combination treatment provides effective one-two punch against prostate cancer

Results from a long-term clinical trial conducted by cancer researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital show that combining radiation treatment with "suicide gene therapy," a technique in which prostate cancer cells are genetically modified so they signal a patient's immune system to attack them, provides a safe and effective one-two punch against the disease. [More]
Uninsured, low-income breast cancer patients less likely to continue hormonal therapy

Uninsured, low-income breast cancer patients less likely to continue hormonal therapy

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment shows that breast cancer patients whose health insurance plans included prescription drug benefits were 10 percent more likely to start important hormonal therapy than patients who did not have prescription drug coverage. [More]
Discrimination leads to dangerous health consequences among transgender Americans

Discrimination leads to dangerous health consequences among transgender Americans

Despite a surge in public attention toward the transgender population, transgender adults continue to face both major and daily discrimination that often directly leads to dangerous health consequences. [More]
Tailorx trial data supports use of Oncotype DX test in patients with early stage breast cancer

Tailorx trial data supports use of Oncotype DX test in patients with early stage breast cancer

Initial results were announced today from the Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx, a multi-center prospectively conducted trial of more than 10,000 women with early stage breast cancer sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and led by the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group with support from Genomic Health, Inc. [More]
Hormonal therapy may protect women's ovaries, increase chances of pregnancy after breast cancer treatment

Hormonal therapy may protect women's ovaries, increase chances of pregnancy after breast cancer treatment

Young women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer may be more likely to remain fertile if they also receive hormonal treatment, according to new research presented to the 2015 European Cancer Congress on Monday and published simultaneously in Annals of Oncology. [More]
BWH, DFCI researchers receive $10 million to test effectiveness of aspirin in women with breast cancer

BWH, DFCI researchers receive $10 million to test effectiveness of aspirin in women with breast cancer

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have received a $10 million Breakthrough Award from the Department of Defense's Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to test whether aspirin helps women with breast cancer avoid recurrence and live longer. [More]
New assessment tool under development can help detect physical traits of Klinefelter syndrome

New assessment tool under development can help detect physical traits of Klinefelter syndrome

Klinefelter syndrome is the most common disorder of the male sex chromosomes, yet is rarely diagnosed in children. A new assessment tool is being developed by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to help pediatricians detect the physical traits of the syndrome. The tool could pave the way for early interventions that prevent and treat a range of physical, psychological, social, and cognitive impairments. [More]
Education intervention can improve physicians’ understanding of transgender issues

Education intervention can improve physicians’ understanding of transgender issues

The term "transgender" has made its way into mainstream media thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman earlier this year. [More]
Study: Breast cancer survivors experience post-treatment weight gain compared with cancer-free peers

Study: Breast cancer survivors experience post-treatment weight gain compared with cancer-free peers

Among women with a family history of breast cancer, those diagnosed with breast cancer gained weight at a greater rate compared with cancer-free women of the same age and menopausal status. [More]
International study provides evidence of clear link between smoking and risk of prostate cancer

International study provides evidence of clear link between smoking and risk of prostate cancer

Smoking is a known risk factor for the development of various forms of cancer. However, when it comes to the link between smoking and prostate cancer, the findings of previous studies have been contradictory. Now, for the first time, an international study led by MedUni Vienna and Basle University Hospital, has provided evidence of a clear link. [More]
Advanced prostate cancer patients who have AR-V7 gene variant respond to chemotherapy

Advanced prostate cancer patients who have AR-V7 gene variant respond to chemotherapy

In a small clinical trial, scientists at Johns Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Center and James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute found that men with advanced prostate cancer and detection of androgen receptor splice variant-7 (AR-V7) respond to chemotherapy just as well as men who lack the variant. [More]
Current menopausal hormone therapy users at increased risk of experiencing GI bleeding

Current menopausal hormone therapy users at increased risk of experiencing GI bleeding

Current users of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) are more than twice as likely than non-users to develop lower gastrointestinal bleeding and ischemic colitis, especially if they use the therapy for longer durations, according to a study at Digestive Disease Week 2015. [More]
Botanical formula improves effect of tamoxifen drug in ER+ human breast cancer

Botanical formula improves effect of tamoxifen drug in ER+ human breast cancer

Researchers at the Cancer Research Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute, Indiana University Health found that a botanical formula for breast health inhibited the growth of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) human breast cancer cells. More importantly, the researchers also found that the formula enhanced the anti-cancer benefits of the drug tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer. [More]
Penn State surgeon provides guidelines for diagnosis, management of endometriosis

Penn State surgeon provides guidelines for diagnosis, management of endometriosis

Endometriosis is difficult to diagnose, with women often being told for years that they are experiencing their 'normal period.' According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, it affects one in ten women. [More]
Study identifies 10 new cases of breast cancer in transgender veterans

Study identifies 10 new cases of breast cancer in transgender veterans

A study of breast cancer in transgender veterans has identified ten new cases, increasing the total number of published cases in both female-to-male and male-to-female transgender persons. [More]
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