Breast Cancer

Acupressure effective for fatigue linked to breast cancer

Acupressure effective for fatigue linked to breast cancer

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Nearly 70% of participants who self-administered acupressure therapy experienced improved levels of fatigue.

Long-term breast cancer care transitioning to primary care clinicians

Long-term breast cancer care transitioning to primary care clinicians

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As breast cancer survivorship increases, NPs have taken on long-term patient care.

Additional adjuvant aromatase inhibitor therapy improves breast cancer outcomes

Additional adjuvant aromatase inhibitor therapy improves breast cancer outcomes

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Extending adjuvant aromatase inhibitor treatment can decrease disease recurrence and increase survival in breast cancer patients.

Fruit consumption linked to lower breast cancer risk

Fruit consumption linked to lower breast cancer risk

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Fruit intake in adolescence may be associated with decreased breast cancer rates in adulthood.

Digital mammography plus tomosynthesis linked to increased rate of breast cancer diagnosis

Digital mammography plus tomosynthesis linked to increased rate of breast cancer diagnosis

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The combination of tomosynthesis and digital mammography screening may benefit women with heterogeneously dense breasts.

Women advised to undergo breast cancer risk assessment at 40

Women advised to undergo breast cancer risk assessment at 40

50% of women studied met the American Cancer Society requirements for early mammography screening.

MRI after breast cancer diagnosis

MRI after breast cancer diagnosis

Despite the guideline, clinicians may choose to order MRI's for patients with dense breasts.

Primary care clinician risk assessment for hereditary breast cancer

Primary care clinician risk assessment for hereditary breast cancer

Primary care clinicians should be proficient at assessing the potential for hereditary breast cancer risk in their patients.

USPSTF issues final updated mammography screening guidelines

USPSTF issues final updated mammography screening guidelines

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In an update to its 2009 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has presented its final guidelines on mammography screening for breast cancer.

Denosumab may reduce the risk of fracture in women with breast cancer on aromatase inhibitor therapy

Denosumab may reduce the risk of fracture in women with breast cancer on aromatase inhibitor therapy

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Denosumab has been shown to reduce fracture risk in women with breast cancer with bone metastases.

False-positive mammograms and breast cancer risk

False-positive mammograms and breast cancer risk

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False-positive results on a screening mammogram are associated with a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the 10 years following the result.

Ultrasound, mammograms have similar breast cancer detection rates

Ultrasound, mammograms have similar breast cancer detection rates

A new study of women with at least 2 risk factors for breast cancer found that ultrasound and mammography have similar breast cancer detection rates.

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Periodontal disease associated with elevated breast cancer risk

Postmenopausal women especially former smokers who quit within the last 20 years have an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer associated with periodontal disease.

African American women least likely to benefit from neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment

African American women least likely to benefit from neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment

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In a study of over 278,000 patients with stage 1 through stage 3 breast cancer, African American women had the lowest rate of pathologic complete response.

Mammography without CAD

Mammography without CAD

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Digital screening mammography is as accurate without computer-aided detection (CAD) as it is with the technology.

Breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women

Breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women

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Data released by the American Cancer Society show that, for the first time, breast cancer incidence is nearly identical in black and white women.

New guidelines recommend mammograms in women beginning at age 45

New guidelines recommend mammograms in women beginning at age 45

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New guidelines from the American Cancer Society suggest that to combat overdiagnosis, women begin mammography screening for breast cancer at age 45 and continue yearly through age 54 before transitioning to a biannual screening plan.

Few women receive genetic counseling prior to BRCA test

Few women receive genetic counseling prior to BRCA test

Women who receive genetic counseling prior to undergoing BRCA testing display more knowledge of both the testing process and of the potential results.

After breast cancer, acupuncture more effectively treats hot flashes

After breast cancer, acupuncture more effectively treats hot flashes

For breast cancer survivors, acupuncture was more effective than gabapentin for treating hot flashes.

Light, moderate drinking increases cancer risk in women

Light, moderate drinking increases cancer risk in women

Light to moderate alcohol intake increased the risk of alcohol-related cancers in women.

Multigene tests can change breast, ovarian cancer management

Multigene tests can change breast, ovarian cancer management

For hereditary breast, ovarian cancer, multigene testing can influence clinical treatment options.

Cancer screening rates are short of goal

Cancer screening rates are short of goal

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The CDC reports that screening rates for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer have dropped in recent years.

Two new genetic risk variants for breast cancer discovered

Two new genetic risk variants for breast cancer discovered

Variants in the KLF4 gene most strongly linked to estrogen receptor-positive disease.

Mammogram referral
 results not conveyed

Mammogram referral
 results not conveyed

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A patient was referred 
for a mammogram, but 
clinicians fail to follow up on the report.

Nutrition education ups fruit, veggie intake in patients with BRCA

Nutrition education ups fruit, veggie intake in patients with BRCA

Only the consumption of fruits and vegetables was significantly higher in the intervention group.

No link between migraines, breast cancer risk

No link between migraines, breast cancer risk

Researchers found no association between patients with clinician-diagnosed migraines and invasive breast cancer.

Acupuncture, exercise may ease breast cancer pain

Acupuncture, exercise may ease breast cancer pain

Treatment-related discomfort, swelling helped by the approaches in two studies.

Breast cancer risk falls with NSAIDs

Breast cancer risk falls with NSAIDs

One study of 6,459 U.S. women aged 55 years to 81 years revealed that the use of alendronate or placebo did not affect the proportion of women who developed breast cancer (1.8% and 1.5%, respectively).

Personalized letters increase mammography screening rates

Personalized letters increase mammography screening rates

Patients overdue for screening were more likely to return for a mammogram after their family health-care provider sent personalized letter and postcard reminders.

BRCA gene testing impacts surgery decisions

BRCA gene testing impacts surgery decisions

In women with newly diagnosed breast cancer, the optimal time for referral to cancer genetic specialists is unknown.

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