Breast Cancer News of Note: November

November 1, 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 news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Updated on November 5, 2021


Oct. 4: Researcher have discovered how a sugar in human breast milk mitigates damage to the small intestines caused by chemotherapy-induced mucositis, a life-altering negative side effect of cancer treatment. Read more in MedicalXpress HERE.

Oct. 8: Researchers have developed and evaluated a risk prediction model for breast cancer in U.S. Black women that's suitable for use in primary care settings. This is important because there is a lack of a breast cancer risk prediction models tailored to Black women, though U.S. Black women, on average, are more likely to have breast cancer at earlier ages and with a worse prognosis than White women. Read the whole story in MedicalXpress HERE.


Oct. 9: Patients with breast, pancreatic and certain other types of cancer may survive longer if given an anti-nausea drug during surgery, according to a new, large study. Three months after their cancer surgery, more than three times as many patients who did not receive dexamethasone died, compared to those who received the drug. Read more in MedicalXpress HERE.


Oct. 13: In a first-in-world clinical trial, researchers in Toronto, Canada, have demonstrated that magnetic resonance (MR)-guided focused ultrasound can be used to safely deliver antibody therapy to breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Read the full story in News Medical HERE.


Oct. 14: A new report finds more than 46,000 cancer cases annually in the United States could be prevented if Americans met the 5 hours per week of moderate-intensity recommended physical activity guidelines. Read the story in Science Daily HERE


Oct. 14: A recent study found that 42 percent of the 612 breast cancer patients studied said they used cannabis to relieve symptoms associated with their disease or the side effects of treatment, including pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, stress, and anxiety. However, only 39 percent of people who used cannabis discussed their use of it with their doctors. Read more in Healthline HERE.


Oct. 20: For long-term breast cancer survivors, nut consumption is associated with improved disease-free survival, according to a recent study. Read more in Health Day HERE.

Oct. 26: The Cleveland Clinic announced its first human trials for a vaccine designed to prevent triple-negative breast cancer. Read more in the Cleveland Clinic's Newsroom HERE.

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