Health News

New HER2 Testing Guidelines
Two leading professional medical societies have joined forces to issue a new recommendation for all newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer patients. The aim of these guidelines is to improve precision treatment of an aggressive form of the disease.
Doubling Down on Double Mastectomies
Learning you have breast cancer can be shocking and life-changing. Some women don’t ever want to go through the experience again and choose to have both of their breasts removed to protect themselves, even if the cancer is limited to only one breast. A new study looked at the survival benefits of such a decision.
Tracking Breast Cancer After Therapy
Women whose breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes often have chemotherapy. This can be done before surgery to give her the possibility of having breast-conserving therapy. But how do physicians know if there’s still cancer in the lymph nodes after the chemotherapy?
An Hour a Day to Keep Breast Cancer Away
Research has demonstrated that physical activity lowers the risk of breast cancer. What hasn’t been clear are the specifics – how long and how intense the exercise needs to be to cut risks. A new study drills down on how exercise can reduce a postmenopausal woman's chances of developing breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Radiation Technique Extends Life
Researchers and scientists continue to find new and better ways of treating breast cancer. And may of these improvements not only help patients live longer, but are gentler on the patient and improve quality of life during treatment.
Sparing the Knives and the Nodes
One of the first places breast cancer spreads is to the lymph nodes closest to the tumor. Learning where the cancer has spread is important for making treatment decisions. A new review looked at the risks and benefits of various surgical means of removing lymph nodes.
Breast Cancer by the Numbers
Every other year, the American Cancer Society publishes statistics and trends about breast cancer. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014 offers some interesting insights into the current state of the disease.
New Option for Advanced HER2 Breast Cancer
HER2 is a protein that can be overexpressed in breast cancer, causing an aggressive disease. While there are treatments that target HER2, this form of cancer is tenacious. Scientists have found a new treatment option for this type of breast cancer.
Cancer Preventive Rx Too Risky for Most
Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer may be prescribed risk-reducing medications. Because some of these medicines have serious side effects, recommendations regarding who should take them have changed.
The Struggles of Elderly Cancer Patients
It’s not unusual for elderly individuals to have trouble with day-to-day activities. The addition of cancer treatments may make these tasks an even greater struggle, according to new research.