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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.

Many tests follow surgery for early breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have early breast tumors surgically removed may often go through repeat mammograms and invasive procedures for years afterward, a new study finds.

Ultrasound helps catch cancer in higher-risk women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding an ultrasound to annual mammograms for women at higher-than-average breast cancer risk helps catch more early-stage tumors -- but also ups the chance that healthy women will get follow-up biopsies unnecessarily, according to a new study.

Younger Women Experience Distinct Treatment-Related Effects

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely than healthy or older women with breast cancer to have difficulties with quality of life, fertility and menopausal concerns, and behavioral health, according to a systematic review.

Many young cancer patients don't discuss fertility

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young women with cancer often aren't counseled about the risk of losing their fertility due to treatment or their options for saving their eggs, a new study from California suggests.

Black women more likely to die of breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than 1,700 black women die of breast cancer every year in the United States because of racial disparities in cancer risks and access to care, suggests a new study.

Omega-3 fat tied to less cancer-related fatigue

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy dose of omega-3 fats may have some extra energy throughout their day, a new study suggests.

Herceptin or Herceptin Combination May Be Most Effective Before Surgery

Learn about results from two studies that showing the effectiveness of trastuzumab (Herceptin) or trastuzumab plus lapatinib (Tykerb) given with chemotherapy before surgery in early-stage and locally advanced HER2 positive breast cancer.

Bevacizumab Studies Show Benefit in Early Breast Cancer

Learn about results from two studies that show adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemotherapy before surgery improves the rate of pathologic complete response in HER2 negative breast cancer that has not traveled to other parts of the body.

Do too many older women get radiation for cancer?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some elderly women with early-stage breast cancer may be getting extra treatment that does them little good but comes with costs and possible side effects, according to a new study.

ASCO Recommends Palliative Care with Standard Cancer Treatment

Learn how new research has prompted the American Society of Clinical Onclolgy (ASCO) to recommend that doctors offer palliative care alongside standard medical treatment for people diagnosed with metastatic cancers.