September 2010 Imaginis Newsletter
- BREAST CANCER PATIENTS WITH ARM SWELLING MAY BENEFIT FROM LIFTING WEIGHTS
- BONE-BUILDING CHECKLIST: 5 WAYS TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the drug Avastin no longer be administered to breast cancer patients along with chemotherapy. Researchers on the panel found no meaningful benefit for patients who took Avastin and believed the toxicity of the drug outweigh positive effects. The FDA will make the final decision about the drug but often follows the panelâ€™s recommendations.
Clinical trials are extremely important in discovering new techniques to fight disease. Only 2-3 percent of adults participate in clinical trials, while about 60 percent of children with cancer enroll in a trial. Learn about how clinical trials are planned, approved and conducted; what types of trials exist; the benefits and risks of trials; and what patients should know before entering a clinical trial. Also browse the directory of online clinical trial listings.
Women who suffer from lymphedema, or chronic arm swelling, after breast cancer surgery may experience relief by lifting weights. Lymphedema can occur after lymph nodes are removed during breast cancer surgery. Doctors have traditionally advised women with lymphedema to avoid lifting weights so as not to worsen the condition. However, a recent study contradicts that advice, showing that weightlifting might actually have a beneficial effect on breast cancer patientsâ€”in addition to its other benefits on bone density and health.
The bone-thinning disease osteoporosis affects roughly 25 million American women. It is estimated that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her or his lifetime. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures to help maintain strong, healthy bones. Learn five tips to help prevent osteoporosis.