Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Research based on VA medical records finds no bump up in risk, despite use of hormone therapy
More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return
Problem more pronounced among minority women, study finds
Study of postmenopausal women suggested hormone levels mattered more than excess weight
New research finds biological differences in tumor type, behavior
It seems counterintuitive, but detecting breast cancer early is not automatically a good thing. That dilemma is at the heart of the never-ending debate over starting mammography screening before age 50.
Women without estrogen-dependent disease benefited most in study
Currently, 1 in 4 women who undergo lump removal require a follow-up surgery, study finds
When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed the breast cancer patient its new "Distress Thermometer" questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted.
Cost a key factor for women to maintain hormone treatment regimen, researchers report
Findings suggest need to modify screening methods
Blacks, Hispanics more likely to be guided by referrals, health plan limits
Abnormal cells are misidentified in one-fourth of cases, research suggests
But, researchers say more study needed to confirm findings
Research based on VA medical records finds no bump up in risk, despite use of hormone therapy
Review also found raised risk of stroke for some, although timing of use may be a key factor
Doctors should ask about medical history of first-degree male relatives, researchers say
But other experts warn it's too soon to say the treatment is safe
It's unclear how the conditions might be connected; experts recommend caution
Standard chemo can end fertility, but adding goserelin helped some survivors go on to conceive, study found
Study found patients were more reluctant to undergo the screen if told it often caught less harmful disease
Study shows biggest improvements in people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64
More than a third with 'locally advanced' disease don't get treatment aimed at preventing tumor's return
Each year, 60,000 more smokers die from causes that have association with smoking, researchers say