Breast Cancer

Mortality Among Men With Breast Cancer Decreases With Adjuvant Chemotherapy

July 30, 2020


Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men, making this a rare disease among that patient population, and most treatment guidelines are based on outcomes and survival rates seen in women with the disease.

Women With Extremely Dense Breast Tissue May Not Benefit From 3-D Mammography

July 28, 2020


Compared with digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-dimensional (3-D) mammography, has been proven superior at effectively detecting breast cancer and leading to fewer recall visits, but more information is needed for how subgroups of women with different breast densities benefit from the screening method, especially those classified as having extremely dense breast tissue.

Germline BRCA-Mutated Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

July 23, 2020


Women with early-onset germline BRCA-mutated breast cancer can have subsequent pregnancies without increasing their risk for disease recurrence, according to the authors of a recent study in Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Diagnostic Delays From COVID-19 May Increase Cancer-Related Deaths, UK Studies Say

July 21, 2020


The next several years could bear witness to thousands of additional deaths from cancer that could have been prevented through routine diagnostic care that was delayed because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a pair of studies in The Lancet Oncology.

Male Breast Cancer Survival Similar to That in Women Despite Treatment Variation

July 17, 2020


Because male breast cancer is such a rare disease, few strides have been made that convey advantages in its detection, incidence, and mortality. Most treatment guidelines have been extracted from studies performed among female patients.

Interval Breast Cancer Found Within 1 Year Linked to Worse Mortality

July 14, 2020


Breast cancer diagnosed in the year following a negative result after a mammogram has now been associated with an increase in mortality compared with breast cancer detected at a screening, report JAMA Network Open study results.

Smoking History May Influence Adverse Outcomes Following Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer

July 09, 2020


Smoking history can both increase the risk of cancer and create a hypoxic environment within the body, leading to poor outcomes, including less-effective treatment, among patients who undergo radiotherapy.

Can Early Screening Reduce Breast Cancer Mortality Among Childhood Cancer Survivors?

July 07, 2020


In survivors of childhood cancer, early initiation of annual breast cancer screening with MRI, with or without mammography, may reduce breast cancer mortality by half or more, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Study Results Show Possible Link Between Medicaid Expansion, Drop in Advanced Breast Cancer

July 01, 2020


Despite ongoing disparities in the use of health care services among races/ethnicities and ages, as well as by insurance status, African American women with advanced breast cancer benefited the most following implementation of the Affordable Care Act in states that chose to expand Medicaid coverage.

Novel Subcutaneous, At-Home Breast Cancer Treatment Approved

June 30, 2020


The FDA approved Phesgo (pertuzumab/trastuzumab/hyaluronidase-zzxf) as a subcutaneous (SC) treatment for adult patients with metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer or early-stage HER-2 positive disease. The treatment combines 2 monoclonal antibodies in a single SC injection.