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Mind vs Cancer; Alternative Therapies; Breast Cancer and Stroke

Cancer and the power of positive thinking. (University of British Columbia)

Women with a history of keloids, especially African American women, had an increased risk of breast cancer, which occurred at a younger age and was more likely to be at an advanced stage at diagnosis. (Henry Ford Health System)

Geoffrey Shapiro, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, will receive the 2019 Cancer Drug Development Award next month at the International Congress on Targeted Anticancer Therapies in Paris. (European Society for Medical Oncology)

Alternative therapies for cancer: Sorting the wheat from the chaff. (American Cancer Society)

Following the lead of its European counterpart, the FDA issued a statement recommending that no new patients begin treatment with the sarcoma drug olaratumab (Lartruvo) and that patients currently on the drug should consult their doctors about continuing it.

Treatment failure and managing expectations. (ASCO Connection)

A phase III randomized trial of apalutamide (Erleada) for metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer met the dual primary endpoint of radiographic progression-free survival and overall survival, according to Janssen Pharmaceutical.

Janssen also announced the FDA expanded indications for ibrutinib (Imbruvica) to include use in combination with obinutuzumab (Gazyva) as first-line therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes proved to be prognostic for HER2+ breast cancer — with results similar to those in triple-negative breast cancer — and showed promise as a potential marker for low-risk patients. (Annals of Oncology)

The risk of cancer increases with age, and now we know the reverse is also true: Cancer causes premature aging. (University of East Anglia, Blood)

One-third of younger women had unnecessary mammograms prior to breast reduction surgery. (University of Michigan, JAMA Surgery)

Older breast cancer survivors had a sharp increase in risk factors for stroke in the first year after cancer diagnosis. (American Stroke Association)