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.
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 -- For women who have genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancers, researchers have better defined at what age those gene flaws are most likely to cause trouble.
Knowing when gene-based cancer risks peak in a woman's life will help doctors and patients decide when to take drastic steps such as removing a breast or the ovaries to prevent cancer, said study senior author Antonis Antoniou. He's a researcher with the University of Cambridge's Department of Public Health and Primary Care in England.
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 -- As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.
In updated guidelines on breast cancer screening for average-risk women, ACOG emphasized shared decision-making between a woman and her doctor about when to start mammography screening and how often to do it.
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 -- Many women at high risk for breast cancer do not take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the disease, often because they confuse naturally occurring symptoms with side effects from the drug.
That's the finding of a new study of nearly 4,000 women tracked for almost five years in the United Kingdom.