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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.

Treatment Options for ER-positive Breast Cancer

The first head-to-head comparison of two aromatase inhibitors showed the treatments had similar outcomes in overall survival and recurrence prevention but one had less impact than the other on bone and heart health.

New breast cancer gene may help predict risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening for mutations in a gene known as CHEK2 may help determine a woman's odds of breast cancer if the disease runs in her family, Polish scientists suggested Monday.

Genetic cancer test often urged for wrong women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors are too quick to recommend expensive genetic counseling or testing for ovarian cancer, but at the same time often fail to refer high-risk women, government researchers say.

Can "biofield healing" relieve cancer fatigue?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that "biofield healing" -- and in some cases, even fake versions of the energy-field therapy -- may help ease fatigue in breast cancer survivors.

Cancer disparities exist despite good insurance

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite having equal access to health care through military health insurance, black women with breast cancer are less likely than white women to receive certain aggressive treatments, according to the findings of a new study.

Most women carrying cancer genes take action: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who screen positive for gene mutations that promote breast and ovarian cancers usually opt for surgery to cut their risk of the diseases, a new study suggests.

Roche's pertuzumab helps breast cancer patients

ZURICH (Reuters) - Patients with advanced breast cancer lived significantly longer without their disease getting worse when treated with Roche's pertuzumab and Herceptin along with a type of chemotherapy, a late-stage study showed.

Fewer mammograms needed for low-risk women: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Less-frequent mammograms for women at low risk for breast cancer can be a cost-effective way of saving lives, according to a new study that challenges current screening guidelines for the disease.

Novartis gets good news on cancer drug Afinitor

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis AG said a late-stage study showed its drug hope Afinitor slowed tumor growth in advanced breast cancer, helping its chances of becoming a new blockbuster treatment.

Medicare will keep covering Roche's Avastin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medicare will continue coverage of Roche Holdings' drug Avastin for breast cancer regardless of what U.S. health regulators decide about the medicine, a spokesperson for the U.S. health insurer said.