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Findings from the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

separator Here are some findings from the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held in May in Orlando, Florida:

  • There’s some indication that a low-fat diet—comprising 15% of daily calories—may help increase the time between recurrence of breast cancer, as indicated in a study in post-menopausal women with primary breast cancer. More research needs to be done on this, but there has been evidence previously that overweight women have higher rates of breast cancer and poorer outcomes after treatment.

  • Childhood cancers now have a cure rate of about 78 percent. This is wonderful news, but it’s important for these survivors to know that the cancer itself or the necessary toxic effects of treatment can have long-lasting effects. For example, the cancer survivors were 4.2 times more likely to have a chronic condition than their siblings were. Survivors who had had both chemotherapy and radiation had a higher rate of chronic conditions.

  • Herceptin, a new-generation breast cancer drug, has already been known to prolong survival in women with advanced breast cancer. But clinical trials have shown that Herceptin also has a strong benefit for women in the early stages of breast cancer. (For more about this, read the article in our February Cancer E-magazine, “Recent Findings about Breast Cancer Treatment.”

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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