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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.

Pregnancy Safe for Women With Breast Cancer History

In this analysis of studies over 40 years, an international research team found that pregnancy is safe for women with a history of breast cancer and does not hurt overall survival. The study, published in the European Journal of Cancer, also looked at related issues, including why some research has shown a possibly protective effect of pregnancy.

Fatigue after early breast cancer often fades: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people treated for cancer are worn out for a time, but new findings suggest that long-lasting fatigue may be less common than thought -- at least for women with early-stage breast cancer.

Cancer patients rarely speak up about care problems

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new survey of cancer patients, many people who'd had problems with their treatment never said anything to the doctor they thought was responsible -- and almost none formally reported the problems to the hospital.

Breast cancer may be clutch of 10 diseases: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists who conducted a major international study into the genetics of breast cancer say they can now classify the disease into 10 subtypes -- a finding that points to more accurate, tailored treatment for individual patients in future.

Perceptions of cancer care may not match reality

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, the impressions of breast cancer patients about the quality of care they received often differed from medical definitions of quality -- in part because the patients were judging their experiences by a different set of standards.

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.