THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 -- Instead of weeks of radiation following a lumpectomy, a new study shows that many women with early breast cancer do just as well with only a single dose of targeted radiation that is given during their surgery.
"Breast cancer outcomes, in terms of cancer coming back, breast cancer survival, dying from breast cancer, being mastectomy-free, being free of disease elsewhere in the body, all are exactly the same as the usual six weeks of radiation," Dr. Jayant Vaidya, a professor of surgery and oncology at University College London (UCL), said of the single-dose therapy.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 -- Adding to an ongoing debate over the timing of mammography, a new British study finds that screening women aged 40 to 49 for breast cancer saves lives, with only small increases in overdiagnosis.
"This is a very long-term follow-up of a study which confirms that screening in women under 50 can save lives," researcher Stephen Duffy, from Queen Mary University of London, said in a university news release.
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 -- As COVID-19 continues to impact nearly all aspects of American health care, researchers warn that the United States has seen a troubling drop in cancer diagnoses since the pandemic began.
The drop is not being attributed to a downturn in cancer incidence, but rather a COVID-driven reluctance to get screened.