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Breast Cancer News

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.

Many tests follow surgery for early breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have early breast tumors surgically removed may often go through repeat mammograms and invasive procedures for years afterward, a new study finds.

Herceptin or Herceptin Combination May Be Most Effective Before Surgery

Learn about results from two studies that showing the effectiveness of trastuzumab (Herceptin) or trastuzumab plus lapatinib (Tykerb) given with chemotherapy before surgery in early-stage and locally advanced HER2 positive breast cancer.

Do too many older women get radiation for cancer?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some elderly women with early-stage breast cancer may be getting extra treatment that does them little good but comes with costs and possible side effects, according to a new study.

"Chemo brain" may persist years after treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women on chemotherapy for breast cancer may have tiny memory and thinking impairments compared with cancer-free women more than 20 years after their treatment, Dutch researchers have found.

Astra takes brand cancer drug straight to patients

(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc is selling breast cancer drug Arimidex directly to U.S. patients, offering an option for people who want to pay for the brand instead of generic versions.

Older Women Benefit Less from Treatment Breakthroughs

Women 65 and older are less likely to survive breast cancer than their younger counterparts, two recent studies suggest.

Most women with cancer want a role in decisions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About two-thirds of women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer want to take part in making decisions about their treatment, according to a new survey of patients from five different countries.

Re-operation common after breast-conserving surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in four women who have breast-conserving surgery for cancer needs a second operation to remove more breast tissue, suggests a new study that also found the rate of re-operation varied widely by surgeon.

Oncotype DX Test Predicts DCIS Recurrence

Learn how the Oncotype DX DCIS Score predicts recurrence and adds treatment options in early-stage breast cancer.

Study Reconfirms Axillary Node Removal Often Too Much

If you have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and are exploring your treatment options, learn why axillary surgery may not be necessary.