In a nutshell This study investigated if trastuzumab (Herceptin)/paclitaxel (Taxol) reduces the risk of local-regional recurrence (LRR) in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer (BC). They found that this treatment reduced LRR risk in HER2-positive patients. Some background Breast cancer (BC) is one of the most common cancers....Read More
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In a nutshell This phase 3 trial will investigate the effectiveness and safety of ribociclib (Kisquali) in breast cancer (BC). The main outcome will be the rate of survival without disease. The details Breast cancer (BC) is a common form of cancer. Cancers, including BC, can be categorized depending on certain proteins. Some BCs...Read More
10 years of treatment vs 5 years of treatment with hormone therapy in patients with early stage breast cancer.
In a nutshell This study wanted to find out if continuing hormone therapy for 10 years was more effective than doing it for 5 years in patients with early stage breast cancer. The study found that the patients who continued treatment for 10 years survived for longer without the disease coming back compared to those who were only treated for 5...Read More
In a nutshell This phase 3 trial aims to evaluate how effective pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is at treating triple negative breast cancer. The main outcome to be investigated is the invasive disease free survival. Other outcomes include the overall survival (time from treatment until death from any cause) and side effects. This trial is taking place...Read More
Update on guidelines for the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and targeted therapy in breast cancer patients.
In a nutshell This report summarized updates made to the guidelines for treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer with adjuvant chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Some background Adjuvant chemotherapy (treatment after surgery) is often used to prevent cancer recurrence. Chemotherapy involves agents that work to kill cancer cells in the body....Read More
In a nutshell The authors aimed to assess the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine used with conventional breast cancer treatments on breast cancer survival. Some background Traditional Chinese medicine is an alternative therapy that can complement breast cancer treatments. This generally includes various forms of herbal medicine,...Read More
In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine the long-term effects of hormone therapy to treat post-menopausal women with advanced breast cancer. Some background Hormone therapy is a form of breast cancer treatment. It targets cancer cells that may be affected by hormones. It is often administered prior to surgery in patients who are unfit to...Read More
In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine if there was a link between patient age, tumor type and the spread of cancer. Some background Breast cancer metastasis is the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body; following original cancer of the breast. Age at original diagnosis and the area affected by the tumor are just two of the...Read More
In a nutshell This article evaluated the benefits of psychology treatments for breast cancer patients with depression. Some background Many women with breast cancer also suffer from depression (22%). This can lead to a decreased quality of life and overall prognosis (treatment outcome). 'Psychodynamic psychotherapy' is a form of...Read More
In a nutshell This paper studied the impact of endocrine therapy on sexual function in postmenopausal patients with breast cancer. Some background Endocrine therapy is used in the treatment of hormone receptor positive early breast cancer. Hormone receptor positive breast cancer is cancer which has an abundant presence of the estrogen or...Read More
In a nutshell This study compared the safety and efficacy of three chemotherapy regimens in early breast cancer. Some background Adjuvant chemotherapy, delivered following surgical removal of the tumor, reduces mortality rates in breast cancer. Recent studies have shown that dose-density chemotherapy (which increases the intensity of the therapy...Read More
In a nutshell This study examined whether the timing of adjuvant chemotherapy affects survival among women with breast cancer. Some background Surgical resection to remove all cancerous tissue is the standard of care for the treatment of breast cancer. After surgery, many patients also undergo adjuvant treatments (additional therapy following...Read More