Yale Cancer Center Study Shows Immunotherapy Prior to Surgery May Help Destroy High-Risk Breast Cancer
A new study led by Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers shows women with high-risk HER2-negative breast cancer treated before surgery with immunotherapy, plus a PARP inhibitor with chemotherapy, have a higher rate of complete eradication of cancer from the breast and lymph nodes compared to chemotherapy alone.
Geneticist Sidi Chen Receives Large Award Which Will Further His Breast Cancer Work
This Department of Defense award goes to the “best and brightest in their fields,” and recognizes “creative and innovative individuals.” Investigators are chosen for their ability “to go beyond conventional thinking” in their respective areas of expertise.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Provides no Benefit for Stage Zero Breast Cancer, Yale School of Public Health Study Finds
Older women with a very early, non-invasive breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), gain no long-term benefit from undergoing a sentinel lymph node biopsy to see if the cancer has spread, new research by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Too Young to Screen: Breast Cancer in Younger Women
“Although breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in postmenopausal women, it can happen in young women, too,” says Brigid Killelea, MD, chief of breast surgery at Yale Medicine. “I have patients who were diagnosed in their 20s.”Source: Yale Medicine
HEALTH NOTES: Black and Hispanic Cancer Patients Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials
A new study has shown that clinical trials for new cancer medications rarely analyze data on safety and effectiveness by race and that black and Hispanic patients are consistently underrepresented among participants.
Teen Remembers Late Mom as She Prepares for This Year's Closer to Free Ride
When 15-year-old, Elena Hogan-Perez starts pedaling in this year’s Closer To Free Ride, there will be one thing on her mind. “I’ll definitely be thinking about my mother this whole ride, I’ve always thought about her,” she said.Source: NBC Connecticut
Improving Breast Cancer Outcomes for African Women
For eight days in early June, Melissa Durand, MD, volunteered at the second-largest teaching hospital in Ghana, West Africa. Decades earlier, mammography technologist Judith Abaidoo of Yale New Haven Hospital’s Shoreline Medical Center became one of the first women to perform mammograms in Ghana, where the five-year breast cancer survival rate is estimated to be only 25%.
Expanded insurance coverage for breast cancer screenings lauded by officials, advocates
Harrowing tales from breast cancer survivors from across the state and a slip-up from a freshman legislator are among the circumstances that led to the passage of a bill expanding health care coverage for annual breast cancer screenings.Source: CT Mirror