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In this section, access cutting-edge news about newly diagnosed breast cancer including treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Chemotherapy Before Surgery May Be Most Beneficial in Very Young Women

Research shows younger women given pre-surgical, or neoadjuvant, chemotherapy are more likely to have a complete response to that treatment than older women. 

Heart Problems Present But Not Long-Term with Herceptin

A follow-up assessment of data from the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project B-31 (NSABP B-31) clinical trial showed that adding trastuzumab (Herceptin) to combination chemotherapy treatment raises the risk of heart problems, but they are not long-term. 

Some women overwhelmed by cancer treatment options

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one in five women with early-stage breast cancer in a new study said they were given too much responsibility for treatment-related decisions - and those patients were more likely to end up regretting the choices they made.

Longer waits for breast cancer patients on Medicare

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer who are covered by Medicare are waiting longer and longer to get treatment, according to a new nationwide study.

Mastectomy May Be Overused, Analysis Shows

A re-analysis of data from the NeoALTTO trial found that women whose tumors disappeared after neoadjuvant, or pre-surgery, treatment, were just as likely to have mastectomy as they were to have lumpectomy.

Acupuncture may ease cancer-related fatigue

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture may help relieve fatigue in women who've had breast cancer, a new UK study suggests.

New breast cancer therapy tied to more complications

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women about to have breast cancer surgery may want to pay extra attention to the radiation treatment they could be offered afterward.

Pre-op MRI may not help breast cancer patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having an MRI scan before breast cancer surgery may not cut a woman's risk of needing a second operation to go after additional tumor tissue - and may even raise her chance of getting an unnecessary mastectomy, a new study suggests.

High Breast Density Does Not Predict Death

A study conducted by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that high mammographic density in women with breast cancer was not associated with an increased risk of death from the disease.

Young Age at Diagnosis May Not Predict Outcome

Young age--under 40 years old--when diagnosed with breast cancer does not by itself predict a worse outcome.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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