- Book onto next week’s Look Good Feel Better
- New recommendations advise women with rare aggressive breast cancer should be offered less invasive surgery
- Study shows exercising during chemotherapy reduces side effects
Book onto next week’s Look Good Feel Better
We still have a few spaces available for this month’s Look Good Feel Better Workshop, taking place on Tuesday (19 May 2015) from 2pm to 4pm. At the session, professional beauty therapists teach you how to apply your make-up, including advice on hiding some of the visible side-effects of cancer treatment. In addition, every woman who attends can take home a free make-up pack containing beauty products from well-known brands.
Only a few spaces remain, so please contact us on 0207 830 2323 or email email@example.com if you would like to treat yourself to a pamper session. Please note that it is only open to those women who have not previously attended.
New guidelines recommend less invasive surgery for women with inflammatory breast cancer
Women who are affected by a rare, aggressive breast cancer subtype, known as Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) should be offered less invasive surgery according to new guidelines announced at the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symposium in Birmingham, UK. This subtype of breast cancer is known to have poor survival rates compared to more other forms of the disease, affecting 1000 of the 50,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
In IBC, the lymphatic drainage system within the breast, which works to remove waste products from the tissue cells, may become disrupted by the malignant tumour cells. This will eventually cause the vessels to become blocked leading to a build-up of the lymph (drainage fluid), causing the characteristic swelling and redness seen in this particular form of the disease.
Previous guidelines recommended a mastectomy as the best course of treatment for those affected by IBC, but research has led to a reform of the guidelines, which now encourage a localised, breast-conserving approach. If the cancer has not spread and the cells around the tumour are not malignant, there is little evidence to suggest that breast conservation is less effective than the mastectomy approach. These new guidelines also represent the first time UK clinicians and researchers collectively agree on a specific definition of IBC, offering clarity to healthcare professionals and patients, as well as helping to improve early intervention. Experts believe these established guidelines will help to standardise diagnostic and treatment options and will bolster vital research in this field.
Dr Daniel Rea, the UK Inflammatory Breast Cancer Working Group clinical lead, commented on this development saying, “These new guidelines represent a real step forward not only for clinicians but, more importantly, for women with inflammatory breast cancer in the UK. Treatment options that specifically target this rare breast cancer do not exist, and we need a concerted research effort to fix that. These new recommendations will allow some inflammatory breast cancer patients to be spared a more invasive mastectomy, and as treatments improve we hope that a breast conservation approach will become increasingly common.”
Study shows exercising during chemotherapy reduces side effects
Findings from a recent Dutch study showed that women diagnosed with breast cancer who followed an exercise regime of either moderate or low intensity while undergoing chemotherapy experienced less fatigue, nausea and pain, as well as better physical fitness compared to those who did not exercise during treatment.
The trial involved 230 female participants who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and were scheduled to receive chemotherapy after surgery. Each woman was randomly assigned to one of three exercise groups: moderate to high-intensity, low intensity or a third group where the women were not encouraged to be active. The results after three weeks from the end of the chemotherapy period demonstrated the positive effects of exercise which enabled patients to better tolerate their cancer treatment.
“In the past, patients who received chemotherapy were advised to take it slow,” said Neil Aaronson of the Netherlands Cancer Institute who was the lead author of the study. “But actually, it is better for these patients to be as active as possible. Our study shows that even low intensity exercise has a positive effect on the side effects of chemotherapy. That is good news for those who really don’t feel like going to the gym. Small amounts of exercise are beneficial compared to being non-active”.
If you are interested in participating in an exercise programme tailored for woman affected by breast cancer Cancerkin are here to help. We provide a range of classes that vary from low intensity to more advanced, including Yoga, Pilates, Dance Yourself Happy and Can Exercise.
If you would like to find out more about our fitness classes please see Cancerkin