Immunotherapy Active Against Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (October 12, 2017)

October is breast cancer awareness month and patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) should be aware that data from two clinical trials provide additional evidence that they may derive benefit from checkpoint inhibitor therapy.1-4 About Triple... Continue Reading

LynparzaTM Slows Spread of Inherited Breast Cancer Caused By BRCA Mutations (October 10, 2017)

LynparzaTM (olaparib), a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes also appears to slowe the progression of breast cancer caused in part by mutations in the BRCA gene.  BRCA is an inherited condition... Continue Reading

FDA approves new treatment for certain advanced or metastatic breast cancers (October 5, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed... Continue Reading

Annual Mammography Starting at Age 40 Prevents the Most Cancer Deaths (September 13, 2017)

When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue to spark emotional debates. A new study compares the number of deaths that might be prevented as a result of three of the most widely... Continue Reading

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to DS-8201 for HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer (August 30, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to DS-8201, an investigational HER2-targeting antibody drug conjugate (ADC), for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced or metastatic breast... Continue Reading

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Has Low Rate of Breast Cancer Recurrence (August 1, 2017)

Investigators say most women with breast cancer are eligible for this type of mastectomy, which leaves the natural nipple in place Women with breast cancer who undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM) have a low rate of the cancer returning within the... Continue Reading

Balance and Gait is Negatively Impacted By Chemotherapy Treatment (July 26, 2017)

A single chemotherapy treatment can result in a significant negative impact on walking gait and balance, putting patients at an increasing risk for falls, according to a new study involving breast cancer patients conducted by researchers at The Ohio State... Continue Reading

FDA Approves Nerlynx for Treatment of Early Stage HER2-Positive Breast Cancer (July 18, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nerlynx (eratinib) for the extended adjuvant treatment of adult patients with early stage HER2-overexpressed/amplified breast cancer, to follow adjuvant trastuzumab-based therapy. Approval was based on the... Continue Reading

Immunotherapy with Checkpoint Inhibitor Durvalumab Show Promise in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (June 22, 2017)

Doctors from Yale Cancer Center presented new data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting on the impact of combining the immune checkpoint inhibitor (durvalumab/MEDI4736) with chemotherapy as preoperative treatment for early stage triple... Continue Reading

Shows Improved Outcomes with Addition of Keytruda® in Triple Negative High-Risk Breast Cancer (June 9, 2017)

The results from the I-SPY 2 TRIAL investigating Keyytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with standard therapy as a pre-operative (neoadjuvant) treatment for patients with locally advanced breast cancer were released at the 2017 American Society of... Continue Reading

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Carcinoma In Situ Breast cancer

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Quality of Life Helps Determine Type of Hormone Treatment in Early Breast Cancer (January 20, 2016)

Quality of life issues and different side effects caused by treatment may help determine which type of hormone therapy is most appropriate for postmenopausal women with ductal carcinoma in situ, particularly among women 60 years of age or older. These... Continue Reading

Radiation Essential to Controlling Long-Term Recurrence in Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer (October 1, 2015)

Doctors have reported that rates of breast cancer recurrences continue to increase, even after 12 years, among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who do not receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen. These results were recently... Continue Reading

Biomarker May Help Improve Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (September 8, 2015)

Researchers have found a biomarker that appears active in the growth and spread of triple-negative breast cancer. Known as interleukin-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL13Ralpha2), the biomarker may help doctors identify patients at high risk of disease spread and... Continue Reading

Women with Early Breast Cancer Have Fewer Side Effects with Shorter Courses of Radiation (September 1, 2015)

Women with early breast cancer have fewer side effects when they’re treated with shorter courses of radiation at higher doses than with conventional radiation to the whole breast. These findings were reported in JAMA Oncology.[1] Treatment with shorter... Continue Reading

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Breast Cancer Research: Have We Made Progress? (January 27, 2015)

Published results from research studies in breast cancer in the last year represent several practice changing milestones. CancerConnect News coverage of advances in the management of breast cancer included the following key developments: 2014: Have we... Continue Reading

Reconstructive Breast Surgery On the Rise, but Influenced By Location (February 24, 2014)

More women are choosing reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy; however, there is a large variation in the rate of reconstructive surgery throughout different areas of the United States, according to the results of a study published early online... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

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Metastatic Breast Cancer

FDA approves new treatment for certain advanced or metastatic breast cancers (October 5, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed... Continue Reading

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to DS-8201 for HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer (August 30, 2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to DS-8201, an investigational HER2-targeting antibody drug conjugate (ADC), for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive, locally advanced or metastatic breast... Continue Reading

Kisqali® Receives FDA Approval as First Line Treatment for HR+/HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer (March 16, 2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the investigational drug Kisqali® (ribociclib, LEE011) for first line treatment of hormone receptor + HER 2- metastatic breast cancer because when combined with Femera (letrozole) the combination... Continue Reading

Keytruda®/Halaven® Combo May Be Effective in Advanced Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (January 9, 2017)

The investigative treatment combination including Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) plus Halaven® (eribulin) could provide a potential therapeutic option for patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) whose disease has advanced following prior... Continue Reading

Ribociclib Offers ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Advanced Breast Cancer (October 26, 2016)

The investigational drug ribociclib (formerly LEE011) when combined with Femera (letrozole) for the initial treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone-receptor positive (HR+) metastatic breast cancer leads to improved survival without cancer recurrence. The... Continue Reading

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Recurrent Breast Cancer

Tecentriq™ Plus Abraxane® Effective Combo in Difficult to Treat Breast Cancer (June 30, 2016)

The combination of the immune stimulating agent Tecentriq™ (atezolizumab), plus the chemotherapy agent Abraxane® (nab-paclitaxel) is effective in providing anti-cancer responses among patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). These... Continue Reading

Directly Involving Patients Drives Participation in Metastatic Breast Cancer Study (June 22, 2016)

A clinical study to accelerate research in metastatic breast cancer has rapidly enrolled participants through direct collaboration with patients. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology... Continue Reading

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Blood Test May Predict Cancer Recurrences Earlier than Standard Methods (October 26, 2015)

A blood test that can detect circulating DNA from cancer cells appears to accurately predict the risk of a breast cancer recurrence 8 months earlier than standard detection methods among women with high-risk breast cancer. However, further study is necessary... Continue Reading

Abemaciclib Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation in Advanced Breast Cancer (October 9, 2015)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to abemaciclib, a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4 and 6 inhibitor, for patients with refractory hormone-receptor-positive (HR+) advanced or metastatic breast cancer. According... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Breast Cancer

It’s in the Genes: Top 5 Things to Know about Genetic Testing (July 8, 2016)

Advances in genetic testing are offering women more information than ever before about their genetic makeup and are providing opportunities for empowered decision-making related to a wide range of health issues. In this recurring column, experts provide... Continue Reading

Counsyl Announces Major Oncology Expansion to Advance Genetic Screening for Cancer Risk (May 25, 2016)

Counsyl launches oncology business unit, an expanded test to assess risk for inherited forms of cancer, and tools to improve genetic screening rates across the healthcare system Counsyl, a DNA testing and genetic counseling service, today announced its... Continue Reading

3D Mammography Proves More Accurate in Breast Cancer Detection (March 31, 2016)

Longer follow-up evaluating digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also referred to as 3D mammography, demonstrates its continued effectiveness compared to standard digital mammography (DM) when screening for breast cancer. These results were recently published... Continue Reading

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Blood Test May Predict Cancer Recurrences Earlier than Standard Methods (October 26, 2015)

A blood test that can detect circulating DNA from cancer cells appears to accurately predict the risk of a breast cancer recurrence 8 months earlier than standard detection methods among women with high-risk breast cancer. However, further study is necessary... Continue Reading

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Stage I Node Negative Breast Cancer

MammaPrint Might Help Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Could Safely Opt Out of Chemo (September 7, 2016)

MammaPrint, a 70-gene signature test, might help healthcare providers and patients determine whether they will derive a benefit from chemotherapy, or if they could safely choose to not receive chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. These results... Continue Reading

Neratinib Improves Cancer-Free Survival in Early Breast Cancer (July 27, 2016)

The targeted agent neratinib (PB272), which is still in clinical trials, demonstrated an improvement in cancer-free survival when used after Herceptin® (trastuzumab) in early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer. Approximately 20-30% of breast cancer is... Continue Reading

Treatment with Aromatase Inhibitors for 10 Years Improves Cancer-Free Survival in Breast Cancer (June 7, 2016)

Among postmenopausal women with hormone-positive, early breast cancer, treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) for 10 years significantly improves cancer-free survival, compared to the 5-year standard length of AI treatment.  However, quality of life... Continue Reading

Some Premenopausal Women Benefit from Exemestane Compared to Tamoxifen (April 28, 2016)

Among premenopausal women with hormone-positive, early breast cancer who are considered to have a high risk of a cancer recurrence, the use of Aromasin® (exemestane) versus tamoxifen improves cancer-free survival at 5 years. These results were recently... Continue Reading

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Premenopausal Breast Cancer Improves Survival (March 28, 2016)

Premenopausal women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have improved survival if their chemotherapy doses are delivered every two weeks, compared to every three weeks. These results were recently presented at the 2016 European Breast Cancer Conference... Continue Reading

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Stages II-III Breast Cancer

Kisqali® Receives FDA Approval as First Line Treatment for HR+/HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer (March 16, 2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the investigational drug Kisqali® (ribociclib, LEE011) for first line treatment of hormone receptor + HER 2- metastatic breast cancer because when combined with Femera (letrozole) the combination... Continue Reading

Neratinib Improves Cancer-Free Survival in Early Breast Cancer (July 27, 2016)

The targeted agent neratinib (PB272), which is still in clinical trials, demonstrated an improvement in cancer-free survival when used after Herceptin® (trastuzumab) in early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer. Approximately 20-30% of breast cancer is... Continue Reading

Some Premenopausal Women Benefit from Exemestane Compared to Tamoxifen (April 28, 2016)

Among premenopausal women with hormone-positive, early breast cancer who are considered to have a high risk of a cancer recurrence, the use of Aromasin® (exemestane) versus tamoxifen improves cancer-free survival at 5 years. These results were recently... Continue Reading

Dose-Dense Chemotherapy for Premenopausal Breast Cancer Improves Survival (March 28, 2016)

Premenopausal women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have improved survival if their chemotherapy doses are delivered every two weeks, compared to every three weeks. These results were recently presented at the 2016 European Breast Cancer Conference... Continue Reading

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

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Supportive Care Breast Cancer

ASCO Publishes Breast Cancer Survivorship Guidelines (January 25, 2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), have released updated guidelines regarding follow-up care for breast cancer survivors. The updated guidelines were recently published in the Journal... Continue Reading

Breast Cancer Research: Have We Made Progress? (January 27, 2015)

Published results from research studies in breast cancer in the last year represent several practice changing milestones. CancerConnect News coverage of advances in the management of breast cancer included the following key developments: 2014: Have we... Continue Reading

Compression Bandage As Effective As Lymphatic Massage for Lymphedema (December 13, 2013)

Lymphatic massage is no better than compression bandages for the treatment of lymphedema, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin, resulting... Continue Reading

Risk of Heart Disease from Breast Cancer Radiation Declines (November 27, 2013)

Although radiation exposure from breast cancer treatment is associated with a small risk of subsequent heart disease, the risk is lower than it was 20 years ago, according to the results of a study published early online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Approximately... Continue Reading

Young Women Overestimate Risk of Secondary Breast Cancer (October 2, 2013)

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate their risk of developing cancer in the other breast—and also tend to overestimate the protective effect of removing the second breast, according to the results of a study published in the Annals of Internal... Continue Reading

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