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NC Mom Who Lost Custody Got Kids Back for Final Month of Life

NC Mom Who Lost Custody Got Kids Back for Final Month of Life

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The North Carolina mother who lost custody of her children because she had Stage 4 breast cancer died this week at her parents’ home in Pennsylvania.Alaina Giordano, 38, was able to spend her final weeks with her children than…

Exercise May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Exercise May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In addition to keeping hearts healthy and bones strong, there’s another reason why women may want to exercise regularly — a new study published in the journal Cancer found a link between physical activity and redu…

Breast Cancer Survivor Allowed to Swim Topless at Seattle Pool

Breast Cancer Survivor Allowed to Swim Topless at Seattle Pool

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — After failing to find swimsuits that fit comfortably, breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks asked the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department if she could swim topless at a local pool. At first their answer was no….

Breast Cancer: Blood Test Spots Wayward Tumor Cells

Breast Cancer: Blood Test Spots Wayward Tumor Cells

Photodisc/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A simple blood test can help predict the recurrence of breast cancer, a new study has found. The question is: Will it save lives?The test detects cancer cells in the blood that have broken free from a tumor in the breas…

Alcohol Consumption Boosts Breast Cancer Risk

Alcohol Consumption Boosts Breast Cancer Risk

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Should women stop drinking alcohol altogether?  Not quite, but maybe they should stop after that first drink.A new study by the National Cancer Institute of 1,900 post-menopausal women found that consuming seven to…

Experimental Drug T-DM1 Clinical Trials Encouraging Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Experimental Drug T-DM1 Clinical Trials Encouraging Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For Bridget Spence, graduation from college was a short-lived joy. Just one week after receiving her degree, a medical diagnosis sent her reeling. “I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2005. Cancer was in my l…

Moderate Weight Loss Can Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

Moderate Weight Loss Can Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Could moderate weight loss lower your chance of developing breast cancer? Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center think it’s possible.The connection between obesity and breast cancer risk in women …

Early Results Promising for Breast Cancer Vaccine

Early Results Promising for Breast Cancer Vaccine

Comstock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A vaccine may be able to keep an aggressive type of breast cancer from returning in women who have a history of the disease, according to early results of a new study. The vaccine still needs further research, but breast…

Brachytherapy: Targeted Breast Cancer Treatment Comes With Risks

Brachytherapy: Targeted Breast Cancer Treatment Comes With Risks

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An increasing number of women are treating their breast cancer with brachytherapy, a type of radiation therapy that delivers a smaller, more targeted dose of radiation.But a new study suggests that the treatment might in…

Benefits Outweigh Risks for Mammograms for Women in 40s

Benefits Outweigh Risks for Mammograms for Women in 40s

Comstock/Jupiterimages(WASHINGTON) — Do mammograms cause more harm than good? The newest study of breast cancer screening comes down in favor of them. The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the benefits of mammography s…

After YouTube Plea, Dying Mom Clears Hurdles to Start Trial Drug

After YouTube Plea, Dying Mom Clears Hurdles to Start Trial Drug

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — A mother dying of breast cancer and desperate to get a drug that has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears to have cleared her final hurdle and expects to get her first do…

Study: Exercise Improves Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients

Study: Exercise Improves Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study finds that exercise can improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients, Health Day reports. Researchers from the University of Miami examined the exercise levels and mental and physical health of …

FDA Panel Approves Ultrasound Device for Spotting Hidden Breast Tumors

FDA Panel Approves Ultrasound Device for Spotting Hidden Breast Tumors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel Wednesday approved the widespread use of an automated ultrasound machine that would give doctors a detailed image of dense breast tissue, helping them to spot cancerous tum…

Breast Cancer: Women with False-Positive Mammograms at Higher Risk

Breast Cancer: Women with False-Positive Mammograms at Higher Risk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study suggests “false alarms” in breast cancer screenings might not be so benign after all. A Danish study of more than 58,000 women found those who had false-positive mammograms, meaning the results suggested …

Ultrasounds, MRIs Can Find More Breast Cancer, Says Study

Ultrasounds, MRIs Can Find More Breast Cancer, Says Study

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Here’s one more study to add to the breast cancer screening debate: Annual mammogram screenings, combined with ultrasounds and MRIs, significantly increase the detection of cancer in women who had an elevated risk …

Just One Drink a Day Could Up Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Just One Drink a Day Could Up Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Comstock/Thinkstock(HEIDELBERG, Germany) — Consuming as little as one drink a day or less may raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published this week.European researchers analyzed data from more than 100 studies …

Breast Cancer Clear Margins: How Much Should Surgeons Cut?

Breast Cancer Clear Margins: How Much Should Surgeons Cut?

Comstock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Despite advances in breast cancer detection and treatment that have helped many women keep more of their own breast tissue, in about 40 percent of cases, U.S. surgeons re-operate to get a cancer-free margin.The opt…

Pregnancy Safe After Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Pregnancy Safe After Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Comstock/Thinkstock(VIENNA, Austria) — Contrary to past belief, it is safe to become pregnant after being treated for breast cancer, according to new research presented Wednesday at the eighth European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna, Austria.The r…

Phone App Uses Men to Remind Women of Breast Cancer Checks

Phone App Uses Men to Remind Women of Breast Cancer Checks

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(TORONTO) — A sexy smartphone app that reminds women to check their breasts has raised eyebrows and cancer awareness too. The app, called Your Man Reminder, lets users pick the “hot guy of their choice” to remind them to che…

Study: Therapy Eases Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer Treatment

Study: Therapy Eases Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer Treatment

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Up to 85 percent of women treated for breast cancer experience hot flashes and night sweats, the often debilitating symptoms of menopause brought on by hormone-disrupting cancer treatments.Certain drugs can provide some r…

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