• Smoking at breast cancer diagnosis linked to higher mortality risk among Black women

    2 days ago - By Healio

    Black women who smoked at the time of breast cancer diagnosis had a 52% increased risk for all-cause mortality compared with Black women who never smoked, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open.
    Researchers observed an especially higher risk among women with greater pack-years of smoking and among those who regularly consumed alcohol, researchers noted.
    Limited data exist on how lifestyle factors are associated with breast cancer prognosis among Black women because most of the evidence is based on studies of white breast cancer survivors, Nur Zeinomar, PhD, MPH, associate
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  • Neoadjuvant Chemo Reduces Disease Recurrence in Operable Colon Cancer

    Neoadjuvant Chemo Reduces Disease Recurrence in Operable Colon Cancer

    2 days ago - By MedPageToday

    Six weeks of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for patients with operable colon cancer is safe and results in downstaging, increased complete resection rates, and better disease control at 2 years, according to results from the randomized...
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  • Long-course chemoradiation may improve organ preservation rates in rectal cancer

    Long-course chemoradiation may improve organ preservation rates in rectal cancer

    2 days ago - By Healio

    A long course of chemoradiation therapy appeared associated with higher organ preservation rates vs. a short course among a cohort of patients with rectal cancer, according to a study presented at ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
    Planned ongoing research into the total neoadjuvant therapy strategies should definitively confirm the findings, researchers concluded.
    “Interest in organ preservation strategies for patients with rectal cancer persists,” Paul B. Romesser, MD, radiation oncologist in the department of radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and
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  • Study evaluates bilateral mastectomy rates in early-stage breast cancer

    Study evaluates bilateral mastectomy rates in early-stage breast cancer

    2 days ago - By Healio

    Since 2008, the rate of bilateral mastectomy among patients with early-stage breast cancer increased, decreased and finally stabilized with similar rates in 2020 as 2008, according to data published in JAMA Network Open.
    “Studies have demonstrated increasing rates of bilateral mastectomy since the late 1990s,” Maria Fefferman, MD, a provider in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago, and colleagues wrote. “The first study reported increasing rates of bilateral mastectomy from 1998 to 2003 and subsequent studies examined rates up to 2007 and then 2011. A study
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