Saturday, April 30, 2005

Reduction in mortality from breast cancer: Fall in use of hormones could have reduced breast cancer mortality

04/30/2005 - Grant EC. BMJ. 2005 Apr 30;330(7498):1024
The fall in breast cancer deaths in women aged 40-54, first diagnosed under age 50 during 1991-2000, but not invited for screening, could be due to the reduction in the use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy after warnings of increased risk of thrombosis...

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Herb may alter breast cancer treatment

04/28/2005 - National Library of Medicine
A herb widely used by breast cancer patients may alter the way cells respond to drugs treating breast cancer, a new study says. The herb, black cohosh, is taken to alleviate menopausal symptoms... "Our studies caution that black cohosh should not be considered to be a harmless herb that is inconsequential to the health of cancer patients or to the outcome of conventional cancer therapy."

Promising Results on Horizon for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients

04/28/2005 - Mayo Clinic News
A promising major advance for thousands of women with an aggressive type of breast cancer has been announced by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) - based on results of two large randomized clinical trials involving treatment with drugs and chemotherapy.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Advanced chemoresistant breast cancer responding to multidisciplinary treatment with hyperthermia, radiotherapy, and intraarterial infusion

04/01/2005 - Yokoyama G, Fujii T, Ogo E, Yanaga H, Toh U, Yamaguchi M, Mishima M, Takamori S, Shirouzu K, Yamana HInt J Clin Oncol. 2005 Apr;10(2):139-43.
The results suggested that our multidisciplinary therapy can be an effective method for the treatment of progressive breast cancer showing resistance to major chemotherapy agents such as anthracyclines and taxanes.

Brain metastases of breast cancer

Michelle E Melisko, ­Sandeep Kunwar, ­Michael Prados, ­Mitchel S Berger and ­John W Park. Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy, April 2005, Vol. 5, No. 2, Pages 253-268
Brain metastases of breast cancer remain a difficult problem for clinical management. Their incidence appears to be increasing, which is likely due to longer survival times for advanced breast cancer patients as well as additional and improved tools for detection.

Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's wort) in Relieving Hot Flashes in Women Who Have Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer

This phase II trial is studying how well St. John's wort works in relieving hot flashes in women with non-metastatic breast cancer.

Recurrences after immediate reconstruction in breast cancer

Mustonen P, Kataja V, Berg M, Pietilainen T, Papp A. Scand J Surg. 2005;94(1):21-4
CONCLUSION: Immediate breast reconstruction is a safe procedure in breast cancer patients, but a multidisciplinary team is needed for careful patient selection.

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