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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.

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.

Cancers on the rise in pregnant women: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of pregnant women diagnosed with cancer has increased over the past couple of decades, a new study from Australia suggests.

High Breast Density Does Not Predict Death

A study conducted by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, found that high mammographic density in women with breast cancer was not associated with an increased risk of death from the disease.

Progression-Free, Overall Survival Improves with Anastrozole and Fulvestrant

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers suggest that anastrozole (Arimidex), taken in combination with fulvestrant (Faslodex), extends both progression-free and overall survival in hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer.

European breast screening "benefits outweigh harms"

LONDON (Reuters) - National breast screening programs in Europe save more lives by catching tumors early than they harm through over-diagnosis and women should be made more aware of that benefit-risk balance, researchers said on Thursday.

Lapatinib Plus Trastuzumab Impacts Overall Survival

A final data analysis of the study EGF104900, which compared lapatinib (Tykerb) plus trastuzumab (Herceptin) to lapatinib alone, found the combination therapy resulted in a significant increase in overall survival in women with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer.