Mediterranean Diet for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer, as with any cancer, develops for complex reasons. One of the contributing factors in breast cancer traces back to diet. As with the microbiome found in the gut, breast tissue also is affected by the foods one eats. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina have been exploring this diet-breast…

Financial Fallout

A newer field of study, focused on “financial toxicity,” examines issues related to the personal economic burden of cancer treatment. Financial toxicity can affect health outcomes (including rates of death), mental health of patients, as well as the obvious bottom line of family finances. This financial burden can be a clear challenge during breast cancer…

Skip the Chemo?

Breast cancer treatments have made impressive strides in terms of increasing survival rates for patients; however, a huge new study reveals that chemotherapy may not be as important of a factor for some women with breast cancer as previously thought. In fact, in some categories of breast cancer, most patients who received chemotherapy may not…

Breast Cancer Treatment Options Expanding

Targeted cancer therapies aim to best match the treatment to specific characteristics of cancer cells. Increasingly, breast cancer treatment is based on targeted therapy medications. With targeted therapy, the harm to healthy cells can be lessened and thus side effects can be less severe than from traditional chemotherapy. Earlier this month, the FDA approved a…

Living Longer with Breast Cancer

The chances of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime remain high, but there is good news in terms of post-treatment survival which is up to 89.7% (for five years). The high survival rates are due, in large part, to advances in treatment options. One of these is the medication Xeloda® (capecitabine) from Genentech….

Priced Out of the Post-Cancer Care Market

After successful breast cancer treatment, many women are prescribed hormone therapy to reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence. This long-term medication cost can be an adherence barrier for some women and this “cost problem” appears to affect more women than previously thought. New research – based on 8,700 women with a history of breast…

Cancer Gone…But Challenges Can Remain

Even years after cancer enters remission or is cured, the story is not necessarily over. There is evidence from multiple sources showing that side effects and related issues can linger, causing ongoing problems for cancer survivors. Bringing this little-known problem into the light of day can help cancer survivors deal with the issues head-on for…

Cancer: Cure Vs. Control

Not every form of cancer can be cured. Sometimes the best outcome is living with cancer as a chronic condition, as one might with diabetes or heart disease. Controlling – rather than curing – cancer is more likely to be the appropriate course of action with these cancers: ovarian, chronic leukemia, some lymphomas, and metastatic…

Leukemia Drug Could Also Help Skin, Breast, and Other Cancers

Kimberly M. Hicks, Pharm.D., M.H.A., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy A well-known medication used for a specific type of leukemia now shows promise against several other cancers. This chemotherapy tablet, Sprycel® (dasatinib) from Bristol-Myers Squibb, gained FDA approval for treating chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2010, although it had been approved since 2006 in…

Even Successful Treatment Can Come With Unintended Effects

Kimberly M. Hicks, Pharm.D., M.H.A., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy   The relationship between breast cancer and a woman’s wallet is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that women who survive breast cancer treatment are, well, alive. The bad news is that a significant number of these women deal with…