After undergoing treatment for early-stage breast cancer, many postmenopausal women take drugs known as aromatase inhibitors to reduce the risk of the cancer returning. These drugs, however, can cause significant pain in women’s joints and muscles. The clinical trialExit Disclaimer showed that duloxetine (Cymbalta®), which is approved to treat depression and anxiety as well as fibromyalgia and nerve pain caused by diabetes, provided some relief from pain associated with aromatase inhibitors.
For the study, researchers surveyed almost 2,000 early stage breast cancer patients an average of seven months after diagnosis. The women were asked to rate the severity of seven common treatment side effects: nausea/vomiting; diarrhea; constipation; pain; arm swelling; shortness of breath; and breast skin irritation.
There are some natural, safer alternatives to Teflon that you should be aware of. If you currently own a non-stick pan, throw them out immediately. Replace all non-stick bakeware with glass, and choose steel and cast iron for other cooking needs. Rely on healthy fats, like olive oil and coconut oil, to provide a natural non-stick surface for your cookware.
Many women with early stage breast cancer choose to have their healthy opposite breast removed, even when there are no medical indications that such a step is necessary, a new survey finds.
Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film, Erin Brockovich, which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound—and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.
In this illustrated video, DocMikeEvans explores cancer-related fatigue and its effect on patients. Dr. Evans explains that the biggest complaint from cancer patients is fatigue and that 90 percent of all cancer patients will suffer from it. However, cancer fatigue is different from normal fatigue and cannot be cured with a good night’s sleep.
Reviewing data on nearly 10,000 breast cancer patients, the researchers linked isolation with a 40 percent higher risk of cancer recurrence compared to socially connected women. These solitary women also had a 60 percent increased risk of dying from breast cancer and a 70 percent increased risk of dying from any cause, the study found.
Comparing breast-cancer patients who received t tamoxifen to those who did not, the researchers found that while the drug was associated with a 60% reduction in oestrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) second breast cancer, it also appeared to increase the risk of ER-negative second cancer by 440%. “This is of concern, given the poorer prognosis of ER-negative tumours, which are also more difficult to treat,” Christopher Li, MD, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington.
With no perfect answer for chemobrain, we have 7 suggestions that may help you to function better in spite of it, if it’s happening to you.
Breast cancer patients and survivors often try to put on a happy face to keep up their own spirits and for the sake of their loved ones. But what do they really think and feel? New apps and websites let breast cancer patients say the things they’re thinking honestly, with no holding back.
Doctors may be lulled into thinking that these tests are providing definitive results, but they’re not. And that’s the overarching message. “You really have to be thoughtful about how you apply these to clinical decision making. If you don’t understand these limitations, if you just treat the reports at face value, that could be leading to instances where oncologists use drugs that are unlikely to be effective.”
Women who have undergone a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment often report memory loss as a side effect, and chemotherapy and radiation treatments have often been deemed the culprits. However, a new study reveals that the perceived memory loss may be stress-related, and that breast cancer survivors who exercise regularly can alleviate stress and reduce or avoid loss of memory.
We know that breast cancer treatment can cause breast cancer to spread, but the position of the mainstream cancer establishment is that the benefits of treatment are likely to outweigh the possible harm. My position is that patients should be given all the information they need to make the choices they consider best for themselves.
For women with breast cancer, hot flashes — sudden, short surges in body temperature — can be an unpleasant side effect of treatment. But new research from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Chief of Integrative Medicine may point toward a source of relief. He found that electro-acupuncture, a type of acupuncture that uses tiny needles gently activated by a current, could help reduce this symptom.
The study showed that extended adjuvant therapy with an aromatase inhibitor results in a small but potentially important benefit, but it may have some significant side effects. So we need to be very careful in terms of who we select for extended therapy. Women at high risk of recurrence because the cancers are node-positive or large, high-grade tumors — the higher the risk of recurrence, the more benefit there will be from extended therapy.
World Cancer Day is a brain child of the World Health Organisation celebrated on the 4th of February every year. The day is dedicated to spreading awareness with an aim to unite, “the world’s population in the fight against cancer,” WHO.
Women who survive breast cancer often experience lingering physical and emotional symptoms that go untreated, new research suggests. Ninety-two percent of long-term breast cancer survivors report at least three untreated symptoms for which they need assistance, according to the study. The most common unmet needs are achy joints, fatigue and weight gain — each affecting about one in four survivors in the study. Survivors living with more unmet needs are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression, the study found.
For women diagnosed with breast cancer, two types of genetic tests that can be especially important are genetic testing of the person for BRCA 1/2 mutations and genomic testing of the cancer, such as the Oncotype DX test.
A recent study published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer found that weightlifting may prevent, or even reverse, lymphedema, a common side effect in patients with breast cancer.
Psilocybin, a hallucinogenic, combined with psychological counseling, reduced cancer-related distress for up to six months in about 80 percent of participants.