Better breast cancer approaches

Simple treatment for chemotherapy pain

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy often suffer from side effects, including pain or numbness in the hands and feet (called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). Sometimes it is so severe that they delay or avoid chemotherapy treatment. A recently published prospective study highlighted the significant benefits of a simple solution: keeping the hands and feet cold during chemotherapy treatment…. Read more

Underutilized nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids

Most women have heard about uterine fibroids – benign tumors that affect 70-80% of women at some point in their lives. However, very few women are aware that they can be removed without surgery. The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). A recent survey conducted by the Society of Interventional Radiology reported that 44% of… Read more

Link between Alzheimer’s disease and male hormones

Cognitive dysfunction, including Alzheimer’s disease, has been related to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Scientists from Stanford reported that men who were undergoing ADT to treat prostate cancer had significantly increased risk of developing dementia (published in JAMA Oncology). ADT is a common treatment for prostate cancer because the cancer cells usually require androgens, like testosterone,… Read more

Better breast cancer screening? iBreast Exam is here

A new product aims to make breast cancer screening available to everyone – even women in low resource settings. The World Health Organization estimates that breast cancer survival rates are below 40% in low-income countries, while it is over 80% in N. America, Sweden and Japan. The difference is due to lack of early detection… Read more

Hormone therapy for postmenopausal women

Evidence is mounting that hormone therapy (HT) after menopause is not associated with increased risks, despite earlier concerns. A recent meta-analysis of a number of studies that is being presented at the Endocrine Society’s meeting in San Diego found no statistically significant relationship between HT and death due to any reason, or death due to… Read more

Estradiol birth control pills don’t raise blood pressure

Common birth control pills called combined oral contraceptives (COC) contain ethinyl-estradiol, a derivative of the estradiol found in the body. COCs are known to raise blood pressure in women taking the pills, but a new study has reported that birth control pills with estradiol have no effect on blood pressure. The work by Grandi and… Read more

Hot flashes after breast cancer: more of a problem than previously thought?

Standard treatment for women who have had breast cancer is anti-estrogen therapy using aromatase inhibitors. But this treatment has serious implications for cardiovascular and bone health, as well as other problems like hot flashes, incontinence, bone and joint pain. A recent survey by researchers in Southampton found that the incidence of hot flashes (or hot… Read more

Higher cost means lower adherence to aromatase inhibitors

Women were more likely to discontinue taking aromatase inhibitors if the out-of-pocket costs were higher, a research study suggested.  Generic drugs, which have lower copayments, had higher adherence rates. These data were presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2013. The cost of prescription medication may account for a portion of the high… Read more

Hormones after breast cancer publication receives honor

A new research study found that hormone therapy following breast cancer had significant benefits in terms of greater physical activity, improved cognition, and better cardiovascular and bone health in a mouse model. The current treatment for women after hormone-sensitive breast cancer is estrogen-blocking aromatase inhibitors, a nearly opposite treatment to hormone therapy. Not only did… Read more

Hormone replacement therapy hot topic of international meeting

Parsemus Foundation’s Deputy Director attended the International Menopause Society conference last week. The meeting included a wide range of topics related to menopause, and the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) received a lot of attention. The general tone of the doctors and researchers was that hormone replacement therapy should not be disregarded as a… Read more