Therapy reduces early menopause for women with breast cancer

Therapy appears to reduce rate of chemotherapy-induced early menopause for women with breast cancer – Temporarily suppressing ovarian function with use of the hormone analogue triptorelin reduced the occurrence of early menopause induced by chemotherapy among women with breast cancer, according to a study in the July_20 issue of JAMA.

Radiation improves survival in breast cancer surgery patients

Breast cancer surgery patients benefit from adding radiation therapy – Additional radiation treatment improves disease free survival lessening the chance of cancer recurring in women with early breast cancer who have had breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy), interim results of a new study found. The results will be presented Monday, June_6 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Breast implants linked to ALCL a rare cancer

FDA review indicates possible association between breast implants and a rare cancer — Agency requesting health care professionals to report confirmed cases – Saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants are linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer, announced by US Health Agency FDA.

Pancreatic cancers progress to lethal stage slowly

Surprise finding: Pancreatic cancers progress to lethal stage slowly – Pancreatic cancer develops and spreads much more slowly than scientists have thought, according to new research from Johns Hopkins investigators.

Higher breast density increases breast cancer risk

Breast density linked to increased risk of subsequent breast cancer – Researchers at Kaiser Permanente have found that patients with a very early form of breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS) who have higher mammographic density may be at increased risk for subsequent breast cancer, especially in the breast opposite to the one with the initial cancer.

Preventive surgeries better in breast or ovarian cancer patients

For some women, preventive mastectomies pay off — Study shows women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations significantly reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer with preventive surgeries – A long-term study of women with a genetic predisposition for breast or ovarian cancer showed that those who elected major preventive surgeries had a significantly reduced risk of those cancers.

Preventive cancer surgeries save women’s lives

Preventive cancer surgeries save women’s lives — Genetic testing is critical for women with family history of ovarian and breast cancers – A new study underscores the importance for women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to get genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that make them more likely to develop lethal breast or ovarian cancer, says a Northwestern Medicine oncologist.

Single radiation to treat breast cancer

Researchers found that a single dose of radiation during surgery is just as effective as a prolonged course of radiotherapy for breast cancer. – The researchers from an international TARGIT research group found a new method of radiotherapy for breast cancer in which the treatment can be reduced to a single radiation exposure.

Vaccine hope for skin cancer sufferers

Vaccine hope for skin cancer sufferers – Nottingham scientists have been given the green light to test a vaccine which they hope could reverse, and even cure malignant melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.

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