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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.

Bevacizumab Does Not Impact Overall Survival, Quality of Life

A new report indicates that the use of bevacizumab (Avastin) in the treatment of women with metastatic breast cancer slows the progression of the disease but has no impact on their overall survival, the length of time women live after receiving treatment, or on their quality of life.

Extra pounds tied to breast cancer recurrence, death

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among women who have been treated for breast cancer, heavier women are more likely to have their disease come back and more likely to die of cancer, according to a new study.

Aspirin use not tied to breast cancer risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - How frequently older women use aspirin and other pain relievers has nothing to do with their chance of developing breast cancer, a large new study suggests.

Good Dental Hygiene May Help Prevent Osteonecrosis

New evidence suggests that osteonecrosis of the jaw is uncommon after treatment with bisphosphonates or denosumab (Xgeva), a lab-created protein used to prevent bone fractures in cancers that metastasized to the bone. Monitoring oral dental health may prevent or resolve osteonecrosis as a side effect, the study found.

Young Age Does Not Predict Diagnostic Delay

Young age does not independently predict delay in diagnosing breast cancer and has only a modest effect on higher stage disease.

Planned Parenthood launches new U.S. breast health initiative

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, a target of U.S. conservatives opposed to its abortion and birth control services, said on Monday it would use $3 million in donations to launch an initiative to fight breast cancer with expanded screenings and education.

Myriad wins gene patent ruling from US appeals court

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court has once again affirmed the right of Myriad Genetics Inc to patent two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, after the U.S. Supreme Court told it to take another look at the hotly contested case.

Quality-of-Life Problems Linger for Young Women

Difficulties with general health, chronic conditions, sex and more were shown to be long-term effects of breast cancer treatment for women diagnosed at age 50 or younger. 

T-DM1 Delays Time to Progression and Extends Survival

Results from the international EMILIA study suggest a new effective treatment for HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer, using trastuzumab (Herceptin) linked with the potent chemotherapy DM1.

Everolimus Gains FDA Approval for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Postmenopausal women with metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer may now be treated with everolimus (Afinitor) in combination with exemestane (Aromasin), following FDA’s recent approval of the tablet medicine.