Neil M. Iyengar, MD, Fellow, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Breast Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses a study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium that further validated the link between obesity and breast inflammation in women with breast cancer.
- A study that validated the link between obesity inflammation and aromatase activation was expanded
- The expanded cohort showed that breast inflammation correlated with body mass index and that breast inflammation of the fatty tissue occurs regardless of tumor phenotype
- The white adipose tissue from the abdominal fat of women who underwent breast reconstruction surgery was compared to the white adipose tissue from the breast
- Result showed that the majority of patients who had inflammation in one breast also had inflammation in the other breast or the abdominal fat pad
- As the abdominal fat pad seems to mirror the breast fat, the abdominal fat will be assessed because it is more easily obtained than the breast fat