ACOG: Vaginal Estrogen Safe for Breast Ca Survivors

“Vaginal estrogen is safe for breast cancer survivors suffering from such urogenital symptoms as vaginal atrophy, vasomotor symptoms, and lower urinary tract infections, and there is no evidence of increased risk of cancer recurrence with the treatment, according to a statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

“However, the decision to use vaginal estrogen should be made in consultation with a woman’s oncologist, and only if ‘first-line choices’ for managing urogenital symptoms — which should be nonhormonal products such as lubricants — are ineffective for breast cancer patients, reported ACOG’s Committee on Gynecologic Practice, writing in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Sexual medicine specialist Lauren Streicher, MD, of Northwestern University, who was not involved with the statement, said that although the treatment clearly eases vaginal dryness, many physicians are reluctant to prescribe it for breast cancer patients. But she said the response is quite different when gynecologists are asked about it.”


Stress Management Techniques Improve Long-Term Mood and Quality of Life

“A new study shows that providing women with skills to manage stress early in their breast cancer treatment can improve their mood and quality of life many years later. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that women given the opportunity to learn stress management techniques during treatment may benefit well into survivorship.

“At the turn of the century, 240 women with a recent breast cancer diagnosis participated in a randomized trial that tested the effects of a stress management intervention developed by Michael Antoni, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Antoni and his team in the Department of Psychology found that, compared with patients who received a one-day seminar of education about breast cancer, patients who learned relaxation techniques and new coping skills in a supportive group over 10 weeks experienced improved quality of life and less depressive symptoms during the first year of treatment.

“In their latest report, the researchers found that the women who received the stress management intervention had persistently less depressive symptoms and better quality of life up to 15 years later.


New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

“New strategies for easing the short- and long-term effects of cancer therapy and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, as well as their caregivers have been released by researchers. “We’ve made incredible strides in cancer treatment, and more cancer survivors are alive today than ever before. But oncology isn’t just about helping people live longer — we need to ensure that patients have the best quality of life possible at every stage of their cancer journey,” said one expert.”


New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

“New strategies for easing the short- and long-term effects of cancer therapy and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, as well as their caregivers have been released by researchers. “We’ve made incredible strides in cancer treatment, and more cancer survivors are alive today than ever before. But oncology isn’t just about helping people live longer — we need to ensure that patients have the best quality of life possible at every stage of their cancer journey,” said one expert.”


New Strategies to Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Patients, Caregivers

“New strategies for easing the short- and long-term effects of cancer therapy and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, as well as their caregivers have been released by researchers. “We’ve made incredible strides in cancer treatment, and more cancer survivors are alive today than ever before. But oncology isn’t just about helping people live longer — we need to ensure that patients have the best quality of life possible at every stage of their cancer journey,” said one expert.”


How to Control Other Cancers Caused by Targeted Treatments for Melanoma

While effective against melanomas with BRAF mutations, BRAF inhibitors can also cause other cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and RAS-mutant leukemia. In an overview of the field, researchers say that people treated with BRAF inhibitors may need long-term follow-ups. The researchers also suggest combining BRAF inhibitors with treatments that target the other cancers. These include MEK inhibitors, which control some but not all of the other cancers. In addition, people treated with BRAF inhibitors may need more aggressive screening if they have a family history of colorectal cancer.


Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Most people who survive cancer are left to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of treatment on their own—but they still need help. Long-term side effects of cancer treatments range from heart damage and painful nerve death to depression and body image disorders. However, a recent survey found that only 17% of people who survived cancer were given a long-term care plan. Cancer survivors can seek help at seven U.S. centers that focus on care after cancer, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. The U.S. has nearly 14 million cancer survivors today, with 18 million expected by 2022.


Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Most people who survive cancer are left to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of treatment on their own—but they still need help. Long-term side effects of cancer treatments range from heart damage and painful nerve death to depression and body image disorders. However, a recent survey found that only 17% of people who survived cancer were given a long-term care plan. Cancer survivors can seek help at seven U.S. centers that focus on care after cancer, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. The U.S. has nearly 14 million cancer survivors today, with 18 million expected by 2022.


Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Most people who survive cancer are left to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of treatment on their own—but they still need help. Long-term side effects of cancer treatments range from heart damage and painful nerve death to depression and body image disorders. However, a recent survey found that only 17% of people who survived cancer were given a long-term care plan. Cancer survivors can seek help at seven U.S. centers that focus on care after cancer, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. The U.S. has nearly 14 million cancer survivors today, with 18 million expected by 2022.