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Special Report: COVID-19’s Impact on Breast Cancer Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of life, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for breast cancer. People who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and people who are at high risk for breast cancer have found themselves in a uniquely difficult and sometimes frightening position since the coronavirus crisis began. Many…
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Chemotherapy May Benefit Older People With Estrogen-Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer and Other Health Problems

People age 70 and older diagnosed with certain estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and other health problems who were treated with chemotherapy after breast cancer surgery had better survival than people who weren’t treated with chemotherapy, according to a study. Still, other factors, including how well a person functions and quality of life, need to be considered…
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Heart Problems Seem to Increase Risk of Worse Outcomes After Early-Stage Breast Cancer

The risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) and death due to breast cancer increased in people who had a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure after being treated for early-stage breast cancer, according to a study. The research was published in the July 13, 2020, issue of Nature Medicine. Read the abstract of “Myocardial…
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Mouth and Throat Sores (Mucositis)

Mouth and throat sores, also called mucositis, look like ulcers and can be red and swollen. Pain from these sores can affect your ability to eat, drink, chew, swallow, and talk. If your immune system is suppressed, you may be more likely to get an oral yeast infection. Oral yeast infections can cause mouth and throat…
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In Men, Characteristics of BRCA1-Linked Cancers Differ From Those of BRCA2-Linked Cancers

A study suggests that there are differences in the characteristics of cancers linked to a BRCA1 mutation compared to those of cancers linked to a BRCA2 mutation in men. The research was published online on July 2, 2020, by the journal JAMA Oncology. Read the abstract of “Characterization of the Cancer Spectrum in Men With…
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Wigs and Warm Weather: How to Stay Cool and Comfortable

If you find that your wig can get hot and uncomfortable during the summer months, you’re not alone. Wig discomfort in warm weather is a common complaint among wig wearers. If keeping your hair loss private isn’t as important to you during the summer, you can always opt for a cooler alternative to a wig…
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Tips to Lower Medicine Costs

Medications are often a major expense for people with cancer. First, make sure you take a look at your insurance plan’s prescription coverage to see what’s covered and what’s not — and how much you can expect to pay out of pocket. If you’re having trouble, ask for help from your insurance plan or a…
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Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab) used in combination with Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), another targeted therapy medicine, and Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel), a type of chemotherapy, to treat HER2-positive, metastatic breast cancer that hasn’t been treated with either Herceptin or chemotherapy yet. Perjeta was called Omnitarg in earlier studies. Perjeta also is approved: to be used…
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FDA Approves Injectable Herceptin for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

On Feb. 28, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an injectable form of Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) called Herceptin Hylecta (chemical name: trastuzumab and hyaluronidase-oysk) to treat people diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. The approval is based on results from the HannaH trial and the SafeHER studies showing that Herceptin Hylecta is…
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FDA Approves Phesgo: Perjeta and Herceptin Combo Injection for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

On June 29, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the fixed-dose combination of Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab), and hyaluronidase-zzxf to treat all stages of HER2-positive breast cancer in combination with chemotherapy. The brand name of the medicine is Phesgo and it is given as an injection under the…
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Talking to Others Online Linked to More Satisfaction With Treatment Decisions

A study suggests that women who talk to other people online shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer may be more satisfied with their treatment decisions. The research was published online on July 28, 2016 by the journal JAMA Oncology. Read “Use of Online Communication by Patients With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer During the Treatment…
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Study Finds Memory and Thinking Problems Come With Menopause

Many women entering menopause report that they have trouble remembering things and thinking clearly. Doctors call thinking and memory issues cognitive problems. Some women may have trouble with: learning new tasks remembering names paying attention and concentrating finding the right words multitasking organizing thoughts remembering where things are (keys, glasses, etc.) It hasn’t been clear…
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Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions happen when your body is sensitive to a specific substance. The reaction can happen when you swallow or inhale the substance or when it is applied to your skin or injected or transfused through an IV into your body. Allergic reactions can take many forms. Mild allergic reactions include: rashes hives itching runny…
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Community Members Share Their Stories

The Breastcancer.org Community is a diverse group made up of over 200,000 members discussing all things breast cancer, including worries, treatment, recovery, side effects, life after breast cancer, and everything in between. We celebrate these amazing women and men by giving them the recognition they deserve for sharing their struggles, insight, advice, optimism, and experience.…
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Content Recommendations

Understanding that a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming, we have expanded our content suggestions (“You might be interested in”) to better help you find information that may be helpful for you. Breastcancer.org has thousands of pages of expert-reviewed content available to you and allows you to connect with your peers in our…
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