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Relevance: Medium

Update : News from the FDA– new breast cancer treatment, thermography warning and implant screening updates

Most relevant for: People with HR-positive and HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. People with silicone breast implants. People considering thermography screening

This XRAY review is a summary of FDA breast cancer updates from July to December 2023.  This includes a new drug approval and two consumer updates. (Posted 2/21/24)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Strength of Science: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Study : Estrogen without progesterone for hormone replacement may lower breast cancer risk

Most relevant for: Postmenopausal people on hormone replacement therapy

Women with average breast cancer risk who took estrogen without progesterone after menopause had lower rates of breast cancer than those who did not take any hormone replacement. This finding comes from studies looking at the safety of the use of estrogen alone as hormone replacement therapy. (Posted 2/13/24)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Update : New drug combination for the second treatment of some HR-positive advanced breast cancers

Most relevant for: People with hormone receptor (HR)-positive or HER2-negative breast cancer that has spread outside the breast tissue.

The FDA approved Truqap plus Faslodex for the treatment of metastatic hormone receptor-positive (HR-positive), HER2-negative breast cancer that returned or worsened after treatment with hormone therapy. The approval is for treating cancers in people whose tumors had a mutation in one of three genes. For people with one of these mutations, Truqap improved the time until their cancer came back or got worse.  (Posted 2/9/24)

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Relevance: Medium

Research Timeline: Human Research

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Update : A breast cancer vaccine for people with an inherited BRCA1, BRCA2 or PALB2 mutation

Most relevant for: People at increased risk for breast cancer undergoing prophylactic bilateral mastectomy due to an inherited mutation in BRCA1, BRCA2 or PALB2. People with TNBC who still have breast cancer after chemotherapy.

A breast cancer vaccine is showing promise in early clinical trials. Initially, the vaccine was tested in people with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who were at high risk for recurrence. Now the vaccine is being tested to lower breast cancer risk among people with an inherited mutation in BRCA1, BRCA2  or PALB2. It is also being tested in people with triple-negative breast cancer who are at high risk for recurrence and are taking the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) after completing chemotherapy. (Posted 1/31/24)

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Relevance: Medium

Article : Breast cancer risk for transgender women with inherited mutations

Most relevant for: Transgender women with inherited mutations who are considering or have had gender affirming care

There has been little research on breast cancer risk for transgender women who are at high risk for breast cancer due to an inherited mutation. This review summarizes what we know. (Posted 11/29/23)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Strength of Science: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Study : Pausing hormone therapy to pursue pregnancy does not increase the short-term risk of early-stage cancer recurrence

Most relevant for: Women with breast cancer who are considering pregnancy

Women who paused hormone therapy treatment of early-stage hormone receptor-positive (HR-positive) breast cancer to attempt to get pregnant had no increase in short-term recurrence. (Posted 11/3/23)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Human Research

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Article : Artificial intelligence (AI) may find breast cancer on mammograms sooner

Most relevant for: People interested in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools may help doctors read mammograms. This assistance may lead to earlier diagnoses of breast cancer. (Posted 9/29/23)

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Relevance: High

Quality of Writing: Medium-High

Article : Genetic testing and the future of medicine

Most relevant for: People interested in genetic testing.

An article published in Katie Couric Media discusses genetic testing and how it can impact health. The author talked with Dr. Robert Steiner, a doctor who specializes in genetics. He talked about genetic testing and how the results can affect health and change lives. (Posted 9/28/23)

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Relevance: Medium-Low

Quality of Writing: Medium

Research Timeline: Animal Studies

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Article : Promising drug for cancer treatment begins clinical trials

Most relevant for: People with solid tumors.

Researchers at City of Hope are testing a new type of cancer treatment drug. When tested in animals and cells taken from human cancers, this new drug prevented the growth of many types of cancer. Initial clinical trials in people have just started. (Posted 9/7/23)

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Relevance: Medium-High

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Topic : Sex and intimacy after breast cancer

Most relevant for: People with breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer in sexual or intimate relationships and their partners

A breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect relationships with romantic partners. This review highlights two studies that looked at how people with breast cancer and their partners are affected, how they cope, how best to communicate with each other and how to talk with healthcare providers about concerns related to cancer and sexuality. (Posted 8/8/23)

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