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NP with breast cancer: “Listen to your patients”

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today In 2015, Bridgett Spillers, FNP-C, was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. Bridgett recently shared a bit of her story with American Nurse Today. We specifically wanted to...

Male breast cancer: Putting a spotlight on a rare condition

Efforts to fight breast cancer have been ongoing for years, and for good reason: It’s the leading second cause of cancer death in women. Men, however, frequently are overlooked when it comes to discussions...

FDA approves first PI3K inhibitor for breast cancer

On May 24, the FDA approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, PIK3CA-mutated,...

FDA proposes new mammography amendments

On March 27, the FDA announced proposed amendments designed to provide more information for patients, including information about breast density. Read more at FDA.gov.
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Breast cancer survivors: Assessment and management of long-term treatment effects

Survivor care continues long after treatment ends. Takeaways: Long-term effects of breast cancer treatment include fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance, weight changes, and fear of recurrence. Nursing interventions contribute to quality...

Breast cancer treatment game changer?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today A friend of mine has a daughter who's expecting her second child and was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She's currently undergoing low-dose chemotherapy and will have...

Number of women living with metastatic breast cancer growing

The number of women living with metastatic breast cancer increased by 4% from 1990 to 2000 and by 17% from 2000 to 2010, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers...

Radiation for older women with breast cancer

More than half of older women with early stage breast cancer receive more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary and following evidence-based guidelines for radiation would significantly reduce costs, according to a...

New guidelines for managing care of breast cancer survivors

The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have released a new Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline to help breast cancer survivors and their primary care providers better manage their long-term...

False-positive mammograms may indicate increased risk for breast cancer later in life

Women with a history of a false-positive mammogram result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after the false-positive result, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology,...

Older women with breast cancer less likely to benefit from chemotherapy

For women over the age of 80 who have breast cancer, the chances of survival due to chemotherapy are significantly lower, according to a study in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Read more and...

FDA approves Ibrance for postmenopausal women with metastatic breast cancer

On February 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ibrance (palbociclib) to treat advanced metastatic breast cancer. Read more.

Breast cancer care gets personal

Learning objectives 1. State how breast cancer is diagnosed and evaluated. 2. Identify the implications of genetics for patients with breast cancer. 3. Discuss targeted therapy for breast cancer. 4. Describe novel therapies for breast cancer. Purpose/goal: To provide...