Oncology

Gene responsible for lower survival rate in early-onset breast cancer patients found

Scientists have found that inherited variation in a particular gene could be responsible for the lower survival rate of patients diagnosed with early-onset breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in women, with nearly 450,000 deaths per year from the disease...

Biannual MRI ‘more effective than mammography for younger women’

Intensive surveillance, including a dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) exam every six months, is more effective in detecting breast cancer in younger women with a high-risk genetic profile than an annual mammogram. This is according to a research team based at the US...

Acupuncture ‘reduces joint pain for breast cancer patients’

Acupuncture has been found to significantly reduce the debilitating joint pain experienced by women being treated for early stage breast cancer, according to research by SWOG, formerly the Southwest Oncology Group. Researchers conducted a randomised, blinded, multicentre trial - known as S1200 - to...

Regional breast cancer guidelines needed in Middle East and North Africa

Researchers surveying breast cancer management in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) say they have identified barriers to applying international guidelines in this area. They are now calling for localised best practice. The MedicalSurveys-17 Research Group, a group of oncologists working in...

Abbreviated breast MRI ‘extra screening option for dense breasts’

Women with dense breast tissue, for whom traditional mammograms are less effective at detecting cancer and who request additional screening after a negative mammogram, abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MR) may be a valuable cancer detection tool, according to new research from Penn Medicine, a division of...

NICE recommends access to life-extending breast cancer drugs

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended two life-extending breast cancer drugs - palbociclib and ribociclib - for routine funding after the companies behind their development lowered the prices and gave more evidence for their effectiveness. According to NICE,...

Women ‘prefer annual mammogram screening’

Women prefer to receive mammogram tests every year, instead of every two years, according to a new study conducted by the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, US. For many years, the standard recommendation among the majority of medical groups was that women at average risk of breast cancer...

Smoking linked with greater breast cancer risk

A link between smoking and a greater risk of breast cancer has been identified by researchers. The Breast Cancer Now Generations Study revealed that women who smoked were 14 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who had not. Female smokers with a family history of breast cancer...

Women with higher BMI ‘may need more frequent mammograms’

Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study conducted by the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The researchers said their findings suggest that women with higher BMIs may need more frequent...

IUDs ‘may protect against cervical cancer’

Intrauterine devices (IUD) may offer protection against cervical cancer, the third-most common cancer in women around the world, according to a new study by the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, US. The review is the first to combine data from multiple studies of...