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10 years of treatment vs 5 years of treatment with hormone therapy in patients with early stage breast cancer.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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...

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Update on guidelines for the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and targeted therapy in breast cancer patients.

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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....

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Hormone therapy; enabling surgery in post-menopausal breast cancer patients

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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...

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Cancer spread; do age and tumor type affect the risk?

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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...

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Treatment for breast cancer patients with depression

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Breast cancer | 1 comment

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...

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Does the chemotherapy dose schedule matter for early breast cancer treatment?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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...

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Timing of adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

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...

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The pathways followed by doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of recurring and metastatic breast cancer

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

This paper evaluates the process health care professionals follow to diagnose a cancer that reoccurs in the same location as a previous cancer (locally recurrent), or a cancer that has spread (metastasized). Despite earlier detection and improved treatment options for breast cancer, it is still the leading cause of cancer related deaths in...

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Personalized Tamoxifen Treatments

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

Most patients on Tamoxifen receive a standard dose of medication. However, patients may benefit more from individually adjusted doses. This paper highlights potential strategies for personalized Tamoxifen treatments. Tamoxifen is not active on its own. Once ingested, the body converts it into other substances (metabolites). Some of these...

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The association between insulin blood levels and risk of death in breast cancer patients

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell The present study evaluated the relationship between high insulin levels in the blood stream and the risk of cancer-related mortality. Its authors report that women with higher-than-normal insulin levels are at higher risk of death due to breast cancer. Some background Breast cancer has been shown to be more common in people who...

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