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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.

REFILE: Should breast cancer patients skip the pre-op MRI?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new review of existing evidence suggests that using magnetic resonance imaging to "stage" a woman's breast cancer before surgery might do more harm than good.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if human genes patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether human genes can be patented, a hotly contested issue with broad consequences for the future of gene-based medicine.

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.

Study leaves conflicting advice on mammograms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Controversial U.S. guidelines for mammography issued in 2009, calling for screening every two years rather than annually for women over 50 years old, can result in breast cancers being missed, according to U.S. researchers studying the hotly debated topic.

Cancer drug ads don't boost inappropriate prescribing

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study ties advertising for breast cancer drugs known as aromatase inhibitors to a slight increase in the total number of prescriptions for those medications.

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.

Tired after cancer treatment? Walking may help

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have been treated for cancer often have lingering fatigue, but a new analysis of more than three dozen studies suggests regular walking or cycling might help boost their energy.

Chemobrain Real but Mild for Women with Breast Cancer

Women with breast cancer may experience problems with tasks like finding the right words to convey a message or following directions to a destination more than six months after chemotherapy treatment ends, a recent analysis finds. While these verbal and visuospatial issues may be concerning, no other cognitive functions, such as attention, focus, memory or dexterity, were significantly affected after treatment ended.

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.

Radiation after Lumpectomy May Benefit Older Women

A large study of medical records found that women in their 70s with stage I, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer who had radiation therapy after lumpectomy were less likely than those who did not to need a later mastectomy.