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Breast Cancer

Research shows side effects of radiation therapy are reduced when computer optimizes treatment

When a computer optimized the treatment plan for radiation therapy that was broken into multiple segments, known as inverse-planned, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, or IMRT, breast cancer patients were in less pain and experienced less skin irritation than when CT scans were used to deliver three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, also know as 3DCRT.

Mammogram screenings beginning at age 40 would reduce cancer deaths for Black Women

The research, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that a reduction in breast cancer deaths can be achieved for Black women while maintaining the same ratio of benefits to harms that occurs when white women undergo screening every other year starting at age 50.

Women with genetic mutations fare no worse with breast or ovarian cancer, study finds

Women newly diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer who are also carriers of cancer-associated mutations like BRCA1 or BRCA2 are no more likely to die of their tumors than those who don’t have the mutations, according to a new study.

Blood Enzyme Activity Level May Indicate Which Breast Cancers Are Slow Growing

Researchers with the SWOG Cancer Research Network have found that patients with metastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who have low activity levels of the enzyme sTK1 in their blood serum at the start of anti-estrogen treatment live longer and go longer without their disease progressing than patients with high levels.

Breast reconstruction complication rates not affected by chemotherapy

Chemotherapy as additional treatment for breast cancer did not increase the complication rate for women who had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction as part of the same operation.

What You Need to Know About the COVID Vaccine and Mammograms

Swollen lymph nodes, a possible side effect of the vaccine, could raise unnecessary concerns if they appear on your screening exam. Kimberly Garver, M.D., an expert on mammography, explains why waiting a few weeks after your shot to get your next mammogram may be prudent.

Less is more? Focused genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancers

Homing in on about 20 key genes known to be associated with breast or ovarian cancer is likely to provide patients and their doctors with “news they can use," according to a new study.

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