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Breast Cancer News

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

Health at Diagnosis may Drive Breast Cancer Survival Gap

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Differences in the health and tumor characteristics of white and black women with breast cancer at the time of their diagnoses may be largely to blame for the disparity in survival between the two groups, a new study suggests.

Genetic Makeup of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Explored

A genetic analysis of triple-negative tumors cataloged in The Cancer Genome Atlas found that triple-negative breast cancers can be broken down into two main groups: those that are basal-like, and those that are non-basal-like. 

Response to Early Chemotherapy may Predict Need for Radiation

How breast cancer responds to early chemotherapy may someday help doctors decide the need for radiation therapy based on individuals’ risk of recurrence, a study showed. 

Young Women More Often Choose Mastectomy Over Lumpectomy

Young women who have a choice of surgical treatment choose mastectomy more often than lumpectomy, or breast-conserving treatment, according to a study presented at a major breast cancer conference.

Study Supports Use of Zoledronic Acid for Early Breast Cancer

Researchers found that postmenopausal women who started taking zoledronic acid when they began treatment with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole saw improved bone strength in the spine and hip compared with women who started zoledronic acid after their bone density dropped too low.

Radiation Therapy Raises Risk of Heart Disease

European researchers found that radiation therapy given at any dosage for breast cancer increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, with higher doses leading to higher rates of risk.

Lumpectomy With Radiation Improves Survival in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

A study published in the journal Cancer suggests that women with early-stage breast cancer who have a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy have at least an equal, if not greater, chance of survival compared with those who have a mastectomy without radiation therapy. 

Heart Failure More Likely for African-Americans Post-Treatment

Researchers who presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session found that race is associated with the risk of developing heart failure after treatment for breast cancer. Heart failure is weakness of the heart muscle that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body.

Risk of Bankruptcy Rises After Cancer Diagnosis

A Washington state study showed higher bankruptcy rates after a cancer diagnosis, especially among young people.

Fear of Recurrence Could Linger Years After Diagnosis

Fear of recurrence, or fear of cancer coming back, is a common psychological effect among people diagnosed with cancer, during or after treatment. A review of several existing studies now shows that fear of recurrence may last more than 5 years beyond the date of diagnosis, and be felt at nearly the same level of intensity as during the first 5 years.