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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.

Experts Discuss New Guideline for Margins in Breast-Conserving Surgery

A panel of experts reviewed key points and limitations of a new national guideline on margins for lumpectomy, also called breast-conserving surgery, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco on September 4, 2014. They also discussed how it can be used in clinical practice.

Study Suggests PALB2 Mutations Greatly Increase Chance of Getting Breast Cancer

Findings about the influence of PALB2 gene mutations on the risk of getting breast cancer could influence genetic testing. They could also affect the way people with a mutation on this gene make treatment decisions in the future.

Some Treatment Symptoms Have Greater Impact on Young

Two recent studies found that those diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages are more likely to experience difficulties with certain symptoms and side effects than those diagnosed when older.

Phone Counseling May Help Postmenopausal Women With Early-stage Breast Cancer Lose Weight

Getting advice about healthy living by phone from trained lifestyle coaches may help some overweight women treated for early-stage breast cancer lose more weight, a new study shows.

When Looking at Older Women, Researchers See Links Between Frailty, Race and Failing to Start Hormonal Therapy

A study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found most older women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer follow their doctors’ orders to begin hormonal therapy. But those numbers are not as high when looking at non-white women and those deemed “frail.”

Heart Problems From Trastuzumab Not a Long-Term Issue

Researchers have found that serious heart problems are seen more often in women who take trastuzumab than those who don’t. However, those problems are still rare overall and it’s most likely they’ll happen during the treatment, not years afterward.

For Average Risk of Second Breast Cancer, Preventive Breast Removal Yields Slight Benefit

Life expectancy improves only slightly for women with cancer in one breast who choose to remove the healthy breast along with the affected one, a recent study shows. 

Is an Aromatase Inhibitor with Ovarian Suppression Better for Premenopausal Women?

Treating hormone receptor-positive breast cancer with an aromatase inhibitor, or AI, usually used only in postmenopausal women, significantly reduced breast cancer return in premenopausal women when used with ovarian suppression , according to the preliminary reports of two combined studies.

Researchers Find 25 Percent of Women With Breast Cancer Attribute Financial Problems to the Disease

According to new research, a large percentage of women with breast cancer say the disease and its treatment costs have caused their financial situation to get worse, often leading to serious hardships. This is especially true for black and Latina women.

Infertility Risk High After Breast Cancer Treatment

Most young women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are at risk of becoming infertile from treatment, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other researchers.