Breast Cancer News of Note: January

January 6, 2021

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 breast cancer news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Dec. 9: Women diagnosed with breast cancer who were younger when diagnosed and who received chemotherapy appear to be at an increased risk of becoming a new persistent user of chronic controlled substances following mastectomy with reconstruction, according to a recent study. Read the full story from the journal Oncology HERE.

Dec. 10: A meta-analysis of breast cancer survivors of childbearing age presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in early December showed getting pregnant is less likely for breast cancer survivors than the general public. It also indicated that they face a higher risk of certain complications such as preterm labor. Read the full story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution HERE.

Dec. 10: Adhering to a diabetes risk reduction diet improved survival for women with stage 1 to 3 breast cancer compared to women who did not follow this specific diet, according to a recent study. Read the details HERE in the journal Oncology.

Dec. 22: Surgery, in addition to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may increase the length of survival for metastatic breast cancer patients, according to researchers. They studied nearly 13,000 stage four breast cancer patients and found that those who had surgery in addition to their other treatments had a survival advantage over those who had other treatments alone. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

Dec. 29: Cancer survivors are at greater risk of developing another cancer and dying from it, according to a new study. These new cancers can result from a genetic predisposition, from treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy used to fight the first cancer, as well as from unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and obesity, according to researchers from the American Cancer Society.  Read the full story in Health Day HERE.

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