Comparison of Aromatase Inhibitors Expands Treatment Options for Women Requiring Hormonal Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer

(April 19, 2018)

CancerConnect News: According to an Italian research team the three aromatase inhibitors approved for the treatment of postmenopausal hormone receptor–positive early stage breast cancer have no significant differences in effectiveness or safety, For... Continue Reading


FDA Approves Perjecta for Adjuvant Treatment of HER2-positive Breast Cancer

(March 26, 2018)

CancerConnect News: On December 20, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration granted regular approval to Perjeta (pertuzumab) for use in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) and chemotherapy as adjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive early... Continue Reading


At-home Genetic Testing may be Convenient, but it isn’t Complete

(March 20, 2018)

March 14, 2018 https://www.statnews.com/2018/03/14/genetic-testing-23andme-brca/   Home delivery for everything from fresh produce to custom-selected clothing has become a way of life for many Americans. While most home-delivery conveniences are generally... Continue Reading


FDA Approval for Verzenio™ as Initial Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer

(March 12, 2018)

CancerConnect News: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved VerzenioTM (abemaciclib) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor (AI) as initial endocrine-based therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive... Continue Reading


Liquid Biopsy Can Help Predict Outcomes in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

(February 21, 2018)

A clinically relevant “liquid biopsy” test can be used to profile cancer genomes from blood and predict survival outcomes for patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), according to new research published by a multi-institutional... Continue Reading


Five Common Sign & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

(February 12, 2018)

CancerConnect News: Breast cancer is a cancer that originates in the area of the breast, where cells replicate too quickly, causing a tumor. Breast cancer is most common in women, but I can also occur in men. Breast cancer is caused by an abnormality... Continue Reading


Breast Cancer Treatments May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

(February 5, 2018)

American Heart Association Scientific Statement Statement Highlights: Some breast cancer therapies can damage the heart and healthcare providers should carefully monitor breast cancer treatment effects on the heart. Breast cancer survivors, especially... Continue Reading


Lynparza Slows Spread of Inherited Breast Cancer Caused by BRCA Mutations: First Drug Approved for BRCA Breast Cancer

(January 15, 2018)

CancerConnect News: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the approval of Lynparza (olaparib) to include the treatment of metastatic breast cancer in patients who carry the specific inherited BRCA mutation.  These patients can be identified... Continue Reading


Updated Keytruda®/Halaven® Report Encouraging for Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

(January 10, 2018)

CancerConnect News: 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... Continue Reading


Start 2018 Right: Plan for Cancer Screening and Save Lives!

(January 5, 2018)

Screening guidelines should initiate conversations with your healthcare team.  Charles H Weaver MD, Editor CancerConnect CancerConnect News: The goal of cancer screening is to find disease at early stages in people who are otherwise asymptomatic—before... Continue Reading


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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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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


Walk or Run Your Way to a Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

(September 24, 2014)

Want to reduce your risk of breast cancer? Lace up those shoes and get moving—because exercise has a significant impact. There is a growing body of evidence to indicate that exercise is crucial to reducing the risk of cancer. Now a new study has put... Continue Reading


Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence Doesn’t Increase with TNF Inhibitor Use

(August 28, 2014)

According to the results of a recently published study from Swedish investigators treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF) does not appear to increase the rate of breast cancer recurrence among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The... Continue Reading


Ask the Expert: Making Informed Decisions about Breast Reconstruction

(June 18, 2014)

July 16, 2014 at 6:30pm EST CancerConnect live Web Chat with an Expert series presents:  “Making Informed Decisions about Breast Reconstruction.”  On July 16, 2014 at 6:30pm EST you will have the opportunity to engage with a breast cancer expert... Continue Reading


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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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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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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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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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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


Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence Doesn’t Increase with TNF Inhibitor Use

(August 28, 2014)

According to the results of a recently published study from Swedish investigators treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF) does not appear to increase the rate of breast cancer recurrence among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The... Continue Reading


Ask the Expert: Making Informed Decisions about Breast Reconstruction

(June 18, 2014)

July 16, 2014 at 6:30pm EST CancerConnect live Web Chat with an Expert series presents:  “Making Informed Decisions about Breast Reconstruction.”  On July 16, 2014 at 6:30pm EST you will have the opportunity to engage with a breast cancer expert... Continue Reading


Ask the Expert: Breast Cancer, Diet and Exercise

(May 19, 2014)

CancerConnect recently partnered with Dana-Farber to provide you with the opportunity to engage with a breast cancer expert, Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. On May 7 and 8, 2014, Dr. Ligibel... Continue Reading


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