Breast Cancer News of Note: October

November 3, 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.

Oct. 21: Approximately 30% of breast cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatment gain weight, though it is unclear why this phenomenon occurs in some women but not in others.  A new study suggests that gut bacteria are partially responsible for metabolic changes that lead to weight gain following chemotherapy treatment. Read more in MedicalXpress HERE.

Oct. 21: Among women with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or melanoma, those who were taking cholesterol-lowering medications, were less likely to die from cancer, according to a recent analysis. Read more in MedicalXpress HERE.

Oct. 22:  Why obesity appears to trigger cancer metastasis at a higher rate is still not well understood, but new research offers a hint. Researchers recently found that specific proteins in the scaffolding on which the cells grow may play an important role in triggering the invasion of cancer cells in the breast fat tissue of obese individuals. Differences in this scaffolding may explain why obese women have higher rates of metastasis. Read the full story HERE in MedicalXpress.

Oct. 27: Young breast cancer survivors who undergo more extensive surgery have worse body image, sexual health, and anxiety compared with women undergoing less extensive surgery, according to a recent study. Read the full story in HealthDay News HERE.

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