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Weight Gain After Breast Cancer Diagnosis May Be a Bigger Issue Than Thought in Australia

Gaining weight after being diagnosed with breast cancer may be a bigger problem than previously thought, and doctors need to do more to help women manage this weight gain, according to a study done in Australia. The research was published on Feb. 20, 2020, by the journal BMC Cancer. Read “Weight before and after a…
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Fast Breast MRI Seems to Find More Cancers in Dense Breasts Than 3D Mammogram

A 10-minute breast MRI exam called Fast Breast MRI found more cancers than 3D mammograms in women with dense breasts, according to a study. The research was published on Feb. 25, 2020, by the journal JAMA. Read the abstract of “Comparison of Abbreviated Breast MRI vs Digital Breast Tomosynthesis for Breast Cancer Detection Among Women…
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Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two breast cancers are exactly the same, either. Your doctor will order a series of tests on the cancer and nearby tissues to create a “profile” of how the breast cancer looks and behaves. Some of these tests are done after the initial biopsy (removal of…
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The Press Room

Media Contact Information To receive the quickest service for your media inquiries, please email press@breastcancer.org Breastcancer.org Facts and Figures Breastcancer.org fact sheet Logo and Logo Use Guidelines Downloadable versions of Breastcancer.org’s logos In the NewsRecent news coverage and media clips featuring Breastcancer.org and Marisa Weiss, M.D. Press Releases Breastcancer.org’s most recent press releases Public Service…
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In the News

2020 March 12, 2020; Coronavirus: What Breast Cancer Patients Need to Know January 9, 2020; Forbes.com; New Study Reveals Main Reasons Older Women With Breast Cancer Use Cannabis (It’s Not Nausea) 2019 October 21, 2019; Medium.com; The Beauty Brands Contributing to ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ Are Also Contributing to Cancer October 17, 2019; People.com; Jennifer Garner…
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Coronavirus: What People With Breast Cancer Need to Know

Many people are concerned about the new respiratory illness commonly referred to as “coronavirus” and officially called COVID-19. While it can be alarming to hear news reports about the coronavirus spreading, schools closing, and events being canceled, it’s important to know that the current risk of becoming ill from this particular virus is still low…
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Is Oral Paclitaxel Better Than IV Paclitaxel for Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer who were treated with an oral form of the chemotherapy medicine called paclitaxel seemed to have a better response to treatment and less neuropathy compared to women treated with the IV version of paclitaxel, according to a study. Still, a number of experts questioned whether people would be able…
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FDA Approves Enhertu for Unresectable or Pretreated Metastatic HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

On Dec. 20, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Enhertu (chemical name: fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki) to treat people diagnosed with: unresectable HER2-positive breast cancer metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer that has been treated with two or more anti-HER2 therapies Unresectable means the cancer can’t be removed with surgery. Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that…
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Study Links Sustained Weight Loss After 50 to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

A study suggests that women age 50 and older who lost weight and kept it off have a lower risk of breast cancer than women whose weight remained the same. Still, there are a number of concerns about the study: The results apply only to women who are not using hormone replacement therapy. The women…
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Breast Cancers Found by Yearly Mammograms Smaller, Less Advanced Than Cancers Found by Mammograms Every 2 Years

Women diagnosed with breast cancer after having yearly mammograms were diagnosed with cancers that were smaller and less advanced than women who had mammograms every 2 years, according to results from a small study. The research was presented on Dec. 4, 2019, at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting. Read the abstract of…
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Managing Your Medical Records

Each doctor and medical facility you visit keeps a medical record for you that includes information on your diagnoses, test results, treatment plans, medications, and more. While some information may overlap, each record contains only a small piece of the total picture of your medical history. Because your medical information is spread out among various…
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Get Involved

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Nerlynx

Brand name: Nerlynx Chemical name: neratinib Class: Irreversible pan-HER (human epidermal receptor) inhibitor targeted therapy. Herceptin, Herzuma, Kanjinti, Ogivri, Ontruzant, Perjeta, Trazimera, and Tykerb are other HER2 inhibitors. How it works: HER inhibitors work against HER2-positive breast cancers by blocking the ability of the cancer cells to receive chemical signals that tell the cells to…
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Many Young Women Have Financial Problems After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Even With Insurance

Many women younger than 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer have money problems after being diagnosed, even if they have stable jobs with health insurance benefits, according to a study. The research was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention on March 4, 2020. Read the abstract of “Insurance Coverage, Employment Status,…
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Nerlynx

Nerlynx (chemical name: neratinib) is a type of targeted therapy called an irreversible pan-HER inhibitor used to treat HER2-positive breast cancer. Nerlynx is used to treat early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer for an extended period of time after surgery (doctors calls this extended adjuvant therapy). You take Nerlynx within 2 years after you’ve had surgery and…
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Genetics

About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. Genes are short segments of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) found in chromosomes. DNA contains the instructions for building proteins. And proteins control the structure and function of all the cells that make up your body.…
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