Breast Cancer News of Note: December

December 2, 2020

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news, so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the previous month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Nov. 3: Breast cancer incidence among Asian Indian and Pakistani American women in the United States is increasing, according to a recent study. Read the full story in HealthDay HERE.

Nov. 17: New research has shown that the antidepressant sertraline helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The substance acts on a metabolic addiction that allows different types of cancer to grow. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

Nov. 17: A team of scientists has recently developed a new vaccine for treating cancer, and it has shown promising results in mice — even in difficult-to-treat triple-negative breast cancer. The treatment combines chemotherapy and immunotherapy in a single injection, which may open the door to a personalized, highly effective, and easy-to-administer therapy. The team applied the new technique to mice with triple-negative breast cancer and found that it enabled the chemotherapy drugs to penetrate tumors more effectively. This resulted in an increase in the death of cancer cells and the development of fewer tumors. Read the story in Medical News Today HERE.

Nov. 27: Women with breast cancer who undergo fertility preservation have a significantly higher likelihood of giving birth than those women with breast cancer who do not, according to a recent study. During chemotherapy and hormonal treatments often pushes women into early menopause. For women who wish to have a child after breast cancer treatment, fertility preservation can be in the form of freezing the egg, embryo or ovarian tissue. Read more in Cure HERE.

Nov. 30: Black women were more likely to experience delayed treatment and prolonged treatment duration compared with white women, regardless of socioeconomic status, according to a new study. Despite similar incidence rates of breast cancer in white and Black women, the breast cancer mortality rate is 42% higher in Black women, especially in those younger than 45 years old. Several factors may play a role in these mortality differences, including screening tools and screening guidelines, more adverse tumor biology and later stage at diagnosis. Read the full story in Cure HERE.



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