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Study sheds light on DCIS recurrence

Study sheds light on DCIS recurrence

Work by University of Manchester scientists has explored what allows some cases of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), a non-invasive form of breast cancer, to resist treatment and come back, as well as identifying a potential new target to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy. [More]
Surgeons fine-tune imaging techniques to enhance visualization of breast tumors, persistent wounds

Surgeons fine-tune imaging techniques to enhance visualization of breast tumors, persistent wounds

Surgeons are tweaking existing computer technologies to enhance their visualization of cancerous tumors and persistent wounds according to two studies presented this week at the 2014 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. [More]
Generic aromatase inhibitors increase breast cancer treatment adherence by 50%

Generic aromatase inhibitors increase breast cancer treatment adherence by 50%

Although oral hormonal therapy is known to substantially reduce breast cancer recurrence in women with hormone receptor-positive tumors, about one-half of patients fail to take their medications as directed. A new study by Columbia University Medical Center researchers has found that the introduction of generic aromatase inhibitors (the most common type of hormone therapy), which are considerably less expensive than their brand name counterparts, increased treatment adherence by 50 percent. [More]
Statistical analysis shows stage of breast cancer predicts treatment choice

Statistical analysis shows stage of breast cancer predicts treatment choice

Why did 43 percent of South Dakota women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer surveyed choose mastectomy rather than lumpectomy? [More]
BCRF announces $58.6 million commitment to breast cancer research

BCRF announces $58.6 million commitment to breast cancer research

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, announced its dedication of $58.6 million to breast cancer research today at its annual Symposium & Awards Luncheon. Totaling $47 million, the 2014-2015 annual grants, awarded to more than 220 physicians and scientists on six continents, continue to fuel BCRF's mission of advancing the world's most innovative research. [More]
Seven physicians receive ASTRO grants to advance radiation oncology research

Seven physicians receive ASTRO grants to advance radiation oncology research

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has selected seven leading physicians to receive a total of $675,000 in awards and grants to advance radiation oncology research. The ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award, the ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant and the ASTRO/Radiation Oncology Institute Comparative Effectiveness Research Award will fund studies in radiation and cancer biology, radiation physics, translational research, outcomes/health services research and comparative effectiveness research within radiation oncology. [More]
Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift to earlier stage diagnosis in older women, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
New hope for women with early-stage breast cancer

New hope for women with early-stage breast cancer

Women with early-stage breast cancer may now receive a one-dose radiation treatment at the same time as lumpectomy surgery, eliminating the need to return to the hospital daily for up to six weeks for post surgical radiation treatments. [More]
Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

More and more people are surviving their cancer. Unfortunately, sometimes survival can come with pain. Although many people won't feel any pain after their cancer treatment, some may have chronic, bothersome pain. [More]
Professor receives grant to develop noninvasive method for detecting breast cancer in excised tumors

Professor receives grant to develop noninvasive method for detecting breast cancer in excised tumors

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $388,913 grant to an electrical engineering professor at the University of Arkansas to further her work on an alternative, noninvasive method of detecting breast cancer in excised tumors in real time. [More]
Double mastectomies are unnecessary in women with breast cancer, says study

Double mastectomies are unnecessary in women with breast cancer, says study

About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast, new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds [More]
NCCC offers new heart sparing treatment for left breast cancer

NCCC offers new heart sparing treatment for left breast cancer

Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) offers a new heart sparing treatment for left breast cancer to women concerned about radiation and increased heart disease risk. NCCC was the first tertiary academic medical center in New Hampshire to offer the technique, Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH), to patients. [More]
ASTRO, SSO guideline focuses on reducing ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence in stages I, II breast cancer

ASTRO, SSO guideline focuses on reducing ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence in stages I, II breast cancer

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) are pleased to announce the publication of the consensus guideline on margins for breast-conserving surgery with whole-breast irradiation in stages I and II invasive breast cancer. [More]
New surgical guidelines have potential to reduce unnecessary breast surgeries, improve patient outcomes

New surgical guidelines have potential to reduce unnecessary breast surgeries, improve patient outcomes

New surgical guidelines announced today by the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology have the potential to significantly reduce unnecessary breast surgeries, improve patient outcomes and empower women to make important decisions with their doctors about their breast cancer treatment. [More]
EBRT provides higher breast preservation rate in women with invasive breast cancer

EBRT provides higher breast preservation rate in women with invasive breast cancer

Standard external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) provided a higher breast preservation rate than brachytherapy in women age 66 and older with invasive breast cancer, according to a study published in the February 1, 2014 print edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology ● Biology ● Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). [More]
Moderate radiation doses can kill premalignant cells and prevent second breast cancers

Moderate radiation doses can kill premalignant cells and prevent second breast cancers

​Survivors of breast cancer have a one in six chance of developing breast cancer in the other breast. But a study conducted in mice suggests that survivors can dramatically reduce that risk through treatment with moderate doses of radiation to the unaffected breast at the same time that they receive radiation therapy to their affected breast. [More]
Cosmetic results after "lumpectomy" differ for African-American versus Caucasian women

Cosmetic results after "lumpectomy" differ for African-American versus Caucasian women

As perceived by both patients and doctors, the cosmetic results after "lumpectomy" for breast cancer differ for African-American versus Caucasian women, suggests a pilot study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open-, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
New technologies unveiled to provide expert care and streamline the process of treating breast cancer

New technologies unveiled to provide expert care and streamline the process of treating breast cancer

Breast cancer patients are moms, wives, and caretakers. They are teachers, nurses, physicians and heads of industry. Today, more than ever before, women are delicately balancing the various roles of their lives. A breast cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows is yet another challenge that unfortunately many women need to accommodate in their already busy schedules. That's why Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center offer technologies that provide expert care and streamline the process of treating breast cancer. [More]
Over-use of staging procedures more prevalent in younger, early-stage breast cancer patients

Over-use of staging procedures more prevalent in younger, early-stage breast cancer patients

More than one third of younger, early stage breast cancer patients undergo unnecessary imaging procedures - including position emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine bone scans (NMBS) and tumor markers (TM) -- at the time of staging and diagnosis, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
New drug combination therapy effective for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer

New drug combination therapy effective for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer

Combining the chemotherapy drugs docetaxel and carboplatin with the HER2-targeted therapy trastuzumab was identified to be an ideal postsurgery treatment option for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, regardless of tumor size and whether or not disease has spread to the lymph nodes, according to results from the BETH study presented here at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 10-14. [More]