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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.

Breast Cancer Genetics May Impact Future Treatment

A comprehensive study of breast tumors at the molecular level — their genetic makeup — has confirmed that breast cancer can be broken into four different types. 

Though researchers have known for many years that the four types exist, this is the first study to show from a genetic standpoint how each type is unique. The hope is that this new knowledge may, in the future, lead to treatments that are better tailored to individual types of breast cancer.

Breast-cancer tests save lives, but over diagnose

LONDON (Reuters) - Breast-cancer screening saves lives even though it also picks up cases in some women that would never have caused them a problem, according to a review published in The Lancet medical journal.

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.

Improved Overall Survival and Fewer Side Effects with T-DM1

Updated results from the international EMILIA study show that trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), an antibody-drug conjugate, increased both progression-free and overall survival in people with HER2 positive locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. The new findings also confirm that T-DM1 offers a less toxic treatment option than a standard combination of lapatinib (Tykerb) plus capecitabine (Xeloda), called XL. 

Therapy, exercise aid in chemo-related menopause

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Younger women who are thrust into menopause because of breast cancer treatment may get some relief from talk therapy and regular exercise, a new study from the Netherlands suggests.

Talking about Sex and Intimacy an Unmet Need

Seventy-six percent of women with breast cancer report never asking an oncologist or nurse about problems with sex life during or after treatment, despite nearly the same amount believing such conversations important, a recent study showed. 

Sex problems common with breast cancer drugs

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women treated with hormone-blocking drugs to stave off breast cancer recurrences are often dissatisfied with their sex lives, a new study from Sweden has found.

ACLU asks Supreme Court to reconsider gene patenting case

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union has asked for a second time that the Supreme Court invalidate Myriad Genetics Inc's patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, the latest salvo in a case with broad consequences for the future of gene-based medicine.

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.