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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Alcohol in moderation reduces deaths in men who have survived a heart attack

Men who are moderate drinkers and who have survived a first heart attack have a lower risk of death from heart disease or any other cause than non-drinkers, according to the results of a study of nearly 2000 men in … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Ultrasound-guided surgery is the best way to remove breast tumours and should become the new standard of care

Vienna, Austria: The use of ultrasound-guided surgery to remove tumours from women who have palpable breast cancer is much more successful than standard surgery in excising all the cancerous tissue while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible, according to … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
Posted in Cancer

Everolimus plus exemestane improves bone health in post-menopausal women with advanced breast cancer

Vienna, Austria: Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
Posted in Cancer

Overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence even after chemotherapy dose adjustment

Vienna, Austria: Women who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence or related death than are leaner women, according to a new study presented to the 8th European Breast … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
Posted in Cancer

Understanding individual genetic variation can help predict chemotherapy side effects

Vienna, Austria: The largest study ever on the effect of genetic variability on the toxicity of chemotherapy in breast cancer shows that it is possible to predict which patients are most likely to suffer serious side effects, a researcher told … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

New genomic test spares patients chemotherapy with no adverse effect on survival

Vienna, Austria: Testing a breast cancer tumour for its genomic signature can help identify which patients will need adjuvant systemic therapy (additional chemotherapy) after surgery, and spare its use in those for whom it is not necessary, according to the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

Radiotherapy for DCIS still protects against recurrence after fifteen years

Vienna, Austria: Radiotherapy treatment (RT) after surgery for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) [1] still has a major protective effect against recurrence more than 15 years later, according to the results of an international trial. Researchers found that the use … Continue reading

Published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 am
Posted in Cancer

Non-drug treatments help alleviate symptoms of treatment-induced menopause in breast cancer patients

Vienna, Austria: Researchers from The Netherlands have found that the menopausal symptoms caused by giving chemotherapy or hormonal therapy to younger women with breast cancer can be ameliorated considerably through the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)[1] and physical exercise … Continue reading

Published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 am
Posted in Cancer

Cancer cells in blood predict chances of survival and can help target breast cancer treatment

Vienna, Austria: Detecting the presence of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in the blood of women with early breast cancer after surgery but before the start of chemotherapy can provide useful information about their chances of surviving the disease. CTCs are … Continue reading

Published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Screening debate: breast cancer screening and better treatment BOTH help to save significant numbers of lives

Vienna, Austria: A Dutch study of the effectiveness of breast cancer screening shows that, even with improved treatments for the disease, population-based mammography programmes still save a significant number of lives. The finding, presented at the eighth European Breast Cancer … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am
Posted in Cancer
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