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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.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against BRCA Patents

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that genes taken from the human body could not be patented. 

Trastuzumab Recommended for HER2 Positive, Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer

Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer that begins in the lobules of the breast gain just as much benefit from treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin) as women with early-stage cancer that starts in the ducts of the breast, researchers found. 

Researchers Find Age-specific Breast Cancer Incidences Vary by Race

A study suggests age-specific incidences of breast cancer subtypes vary by race, showing that the differences by race occur only when tumor subtypes are grouped together. 

U.S. top court OKs patenting of synthetic DNA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a first of its kind ruling on human genes, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided that synthetically produced genetic material can be patented but naturally occurring DNA extracted from the human body cannot.

Longer tamoxifen use cuts breast cancer recurrence

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Breast cancer is less likely to recur if women previously treated for the disease take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years, instead of the recommended five years, according to a British study.

Strong genetic links for blacks with breast cancer

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Researchers have been working for years to determine whether genetic glitches are driving high rates of especially deadly breast cancer in black women in the United States.

Young Women Experience Sexual Problems After Breast Cancer

Sexual difficulties are common among young women during and after breast cancer treatment, according to a Dutch study. 

UK tries new model for cancer gene testing

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a research program on Monday that should eventually allow all cancer patients to have access to the kind of genetic analysis that led Hollywood star Angelina Jolie to decide to undergo a double mastectomy.

New cancer tools allow patients to reconsider chemo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After decades of using one-size-fits-all therapies to combat cancer, doctors are using new tools to help decide when their patients can skip chemotherapy or other harsh treatments.

Jolie example of careful weighing of risks: MDs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer may have stunned fans of the Oscar-winning actress, but doctors say her choice is shared by many other women with a high genetic risk for breast cancer.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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