Stages II-III Breast Cancer

Longer-Term Tamoxifen Improves Breast Cancer Outcomes (06-19-2013)

For women with early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer, ten years of adjuvant tamoxifen appears to be more effective than the standard five years. These results were presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society... Continue Reading

Use of Radiation to Treat Axillary Lymph Nodes Reduces Lymphedema Risk in Early Breast Cancer (06-18-2013)

For women with early-stage breast cancer and a positive sentinel lymph node, use of radiation—rather than surgery—to treat the axillary lymph nodes appears to be effective and to have a lower risk of lymphedema. These results were presented at the... Continue Reading

Diagnosis of Early Breast Cancer Doesn’t Shorten Life Expectancy of Older Women (03-28-2011)

Among women age 67 or older, a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or Stage I breast cancer doesn’t appear to worsen survival; survival is similar to that of older women without breast cancer. Diagnosis of more advanced breast cancer, however,... Continue Reading

Social Support May Improve Breast Cancer Outcomes (01-26-2011)

Social well-being during the first year after a breast cancer diagnosis may have a beneficial effect on cancer outcomes. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A diagnosis of breast cancer often affects a woman’s quality of... Continue Reading

Effexor Preferred over Neurontin for Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors (12-2-2010)

Women with a history of breast cancer appear to prefer the antidepressant Effexor® (venlafaxine) over the antiseizure drug Neurontin® (gabapentin) for treatment of hot flashes. These findings were recently released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Hot... Continue Reading

Dense Breasts Linked with Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence (11-23-2009)

After breast-conserving surgery for invasive breast cancer, women with high breast density tend to have a higher risk of local (within the breast) cancer recurrence than women with low breast density. The effect of breast density is most apparent among... Continue Reading

Exercise, Yoga Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors (02-5-2009)

Exercise—whether traditional aerobic or resistance exercise or yoga—provides important benefits to breast cancer survivors. Two recent studies provide additional information about the effects of exercise during and after breast cancer treatment. In... Continue Reading

Breast Cancer Patients Suffering Side Effects from Hormone Therapy Have Reduced Risk of Recurrence (11-6-2008)

Breast Cancer Patients Suffering Side Effects from Hormone Therapy Have Reduced Risk of Recurrence Patients with hormone-positive breast cancer who are treated with hormone therapy and suffer from joint or vasomotor symptoms (contracting or dilating of... Continue Reading