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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ASCO/ACS Issue Joint Guideline For Care Of Breast Cancer Survivors

Reuters (12/8, Rapaport) reports on guidelines issued jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology intended to help women and their physicians to identify best care for survivors of breast cancer as well as be prepared for common problems. The guidelines were based on analysis of 237 studies of breast cancer survivors as well as consultation with specialists. The data indicate that these women should continue to have mammograms and physical exams, but do not need further imaging or tests, unless indicated by symptoms. The studies also indicate that women should continue to receive endocrine therapy for five to 10 years. The studies also found that these women may be at greater risk for blood clots, strokes, bone weakness, fractures, breathing difficulties, and sexual health problems.

The Springfield (MA) Republican (12/8, Flynn) reports the guidelines were developed because “long term survival is now common after breast cancer treatment.” The American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline is intended to help physicians “better manage potential long-term and late effects and to provide timely and appropriate screening and surveillance to improve the overall health and quality of life of breast cancer survivors.”

HealthDay (12/8, Preidt) reports the guidelines “provide information on a number of other issues that might face breast cancer survivors, such as thinking and memory problems, body image, fatigue and problems with coordinating care.”

Medscape (12/8, Swift) reports that it “is the first time the two societies have collaborated on a joint guideline.” 

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