Top News: #BreastCancer

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finnandslamon_e2d350c6-422b-48e8-9aa1-69ea536a5e38-prvDrug combination therapy for estrogen-receptor–positive breast cancer passes critical step for worldwide approval:

Building on earlier clinical trials, UCLA researchers have confirmed that the “breakthrough” drug palbociclib when used in combination with the traditional hormonal therapy letrozole delays progression of advanced breast cancer significantly and without the harsh side effects seen in some women prescribed letrozole alone: Read more


mayo_clinic_logoBreast cancer chemoprevention: Medicines that reduce breast cancer risk:

If you’re at high risk of breast cancer, you may be able to improve your odds of staying cancer-free by taking certain medicines, an approach known as chemoprevention or preventive therapy. Medications for breast cancer chemoprevention are the subject of much ongoing research. Here’s a look at what’s known about each of these medications, including how they may work to prevent breast cancer and the possible side effects and health risks: Read more


1464967824211MD Anderson study identifies significant cost differences between breast cancer chemotherapy regimens:

“In this study, we found substantial variation in the costs of breast cancer treatment for different chemotherapy regimens, even when comparing treatments of similar efficacy,” said Giordano. The largest variations were seen when comparing insurer costs. For patients who did not receive trastuzumab, median insurance payments were $82,260, but varied by as much as $20,354 relative to the most common regimen. Median out-of-pocket costs were $2,727, but the largest variation was just $382: Read more


thinkstockphotos-128952271Fact Check: Breast Cancer and Nutritional Supplements:

Can nutritional supplements play a role in breast cancer prevention and treatment? Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Dr. Luke Peppone shares information and advice for women with a history of breast cancer. All nutritional supplements should be treated as drugs. People who have cancer should not make assumptions or take advice from family, friends or the Internet about what supplements are best for their particular symptoms: Read more


breastcancercellsBlocking key nutrient may kill hard-to-treat form of breast cancer:

Patients diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which constitute about 10 to 20 percent of all breast cancer cases, have few treatment options outside of surgery and chemotherapy. That is because the most successful breast cancer therapies target two of three receptors commonly found in tumor cells — estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, or the Her2/neu receptor — but triple negative breast cancer cells lack all three. Some studies have hinted that these cells cannot survive without cystine, a molecule built from two copies of the amino acid cysteine linked together: Read more