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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.

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. 

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.