Doctors who give advanced breast cancer patients just one estimate, such as 12 months, for the average amount of time they are expected to live are only accurate 20-30% of the time, according to Dr Belinda Kiely, medical oncologist and senior research fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Patients with advanced breast cancer that has spread to the skin are likely to cause more harm than good if they use complementary therapies to treat their skin lesions.
Depression impacts quality of life at all life stages, but little is known about the factors related to depression in the last year of life. A recent study published in theJournal of the American Geriatrics Societyfound that 59.3% of individuals had depression in the last month before death.
Vitamin D influences the behaviour of melanoma cells in the lab by making them less aggressive, Cancer Research UK scientists have found.
One of the largest global studies in the field of anaesthesia, in which the MedUni Vienna has participated, showed that, following curative breast cancer surgery under regional anaesthesia, the risk of recurrence was not reduced in comparison to general anaesthesia with opioids. These data disprove the assumption that anaesthesia might have a negative impact on breast cancer recurrence. The results have been recently published in "The Lancet".
Older breast cancer patients who exercised before being diagnosed may be at a lower risk for cardiovascular disease compared to those who did not, according to a study published in the inaugural issue of JACC: CardioOncology.