Breast cancer is the presence of malignant breast nodule, mass or abscess.
Most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the
breast. The lump or mass is usually painless, hard & irregular but
it can also be tender, soft, rounded or painful.
Other signs & symptoms include breast pain or nipple pain, nipple
discharge, nipple retraction and presence of breast skin changes (eg
peau d' orange, nipple excoriation, scaling, inflammation, skin
tethering, ulceration, abscess).
Use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) was associated with a significantly increased risk of invasive breast cancer, which became progressively greater with longer duration of use, a meta-analysis of worldwide prospective epidemiological studies has shown.
Patients with HER2+ breast cancer with disease progression despite ≥2 lines of HER2-directed therapy may improve their progression-free survival (PFS) with the addition of neratinib than lapatinib to capecitabine, according to the phase III NALA* trial.
Annual breast cancer screening with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) led to detection of fewer late-stage and node-positive cancers than annual mammography, according to the FaMRIsc* study from the Netherlands. However, specificity was lower and number of false-positives higher with MRI vs mammography.
The addition of the CDK* 4/6 inhibitor ribociclib to endocrine therapy significantly extended overall survival (OS) in premenopausal women with HR+ HER2- advanced breast cancer, as evidenced in the phase III MONALEESA-7** trial.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 16 - 31 May 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Omitting first-line chemotherapy for patients with metastatic HER2+ breast cancer treated with pertuzumab plus trastuzumab did not affect overall survival (OS) despite shorter progression-free survival (PFS), according to updated results of the phase II PERNETTA* trial.
Adding the selective oestrogen-receptor downregulator fulvestrant to the aromatase inhibitor anastrozole in the first-line setting significantly extends long-term progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) compared with anastrozole alone in postmenopausal women with hormone-receptor (HR)-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to the final results of the S0226 trial.
Beta-blockers could reduce mortality risk in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and moderate or moderately-severe renal dysfunction without causing harm, according to the BB-META-HF* trial presented at ESC 2019.
Implementation of the collaborative care in a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) clinic has led to improvements in nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (nb-DMARDs) optimization, adherence to safety recommendations on nb-DMARD monitoring and detection of adverse drug events in RA patients, according to a Singapore study.