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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.

Doctors Should Discuss End-of-Life Care Earlier, Study Says

Talking about end-of-life wishes soon after a metastatic cancer diagnosis may lead to less aggressive, and potentially more comfortable, treatment in the last month of life, a recent analysis showed. 

FDA Approves T-DM1 for Treating HER2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

Women with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer whose cancer grows despite other standard therapies have a new treatment option available next month, now that the Food and Drug Administration approved the EMILIA study‚Äôs T-DM1. 

Advanced breast cancer inching up in young women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More young women are being diagnosed with advanced, metastatic breast cancer than were three decades ago, a new study suggests - although the overall rate of cancers in that group is still small.

Neuropathy Does Not Predict Chemotherapy Outcome

A retrospective analysis of 4,554 women treated with taxane-based chemotherapy found that though neuropathy is a common side effect, its presence does not predict better outcomes such as longer overall survival or lower risk of recurrence. Neuropathy is damage to the nervous system that causes pain, numbness, tingling or swelling of the hands or feet. 

FDA OKs Roche drug for late-stage metastatic breast cancer

(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved a new drug made by Roche Holding AG for some patients with late-stage metastatic breast cancer who fail to respond to other therapies.

Star-gazing software helps fight breast cancer

LONDON (Reuters) - In an unlikely tie-up, astronomers and cancer researchers have joined forces to study breast tumors using image analysis software originally developed to explore the distant stars.

No increased cancer risk after IVF: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase their risk of breast and gynecological cancers, according to a new study of Israeli women.

Australian court supports patents on human genes

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian court ruled on Friday that two technology companies could hold a patent on genetic material related to cancer, in a case similar to one before the U.S. Supreme Court that has implications for gene-based medicine worldwide.

Oncotype DX Potentially Useful in Node-Positive Disease

A study using the Oncotype DX test showed a relationship between Recurrence Score and chances of breast cancer recurrence and survival in women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer that traveled to the lymph nodes in and around the armpit (axillary lymph nodes) who were treated with hormonal therapy and chemotherapy.

Longer span between mammograms okay for older women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening women over 65 each year for breast cancer doesn't catch any more early tumors - but it does lead to more false positives - than screening every other year, according to a new study.

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