WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 -- A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study.
That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast -- a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM).
MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 -- Breast cancer patients who take opioid painkillers are more likely to discontinue an important hormone treatment that helps ensure their survival, researchers report.
Use of prescription opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicoprofen (hydrocodone) was "significantly associated" with failure to adhere to the hormone therapy and a higher risk of death, the study found.
FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 -- Contrary to what some doctors might say, new research suggests it's OK to use antiperspirants while undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.
Researchers surveyed 92 patients and found that 79 percent said their doctors had told them not to use antiperspirants during treatment. And a survey of 105 doctors and nurses found that 82 percent said they regularly told breast cancer patients not to use antiperspirants during radiation therapy.
MONDAY, July 10, 2017 -- Most women who've been diagnosed with breast cancer don't go it alone.
Many breast cancer patients depend on family and friends to help them make treatment decisions, get to doctor appointments and seek out other resources. A new study finds half of women rely on three or more people to help them through it.