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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.

Insurance law tied to more breast reconstruction

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many more breast cancer patients had breast reconstruction following a 1998 federal law mandating insurance coverage for the procedure, according to a new study.

Doctors Less Likely to Offer Fertility Information to Some Women Before Cancer Therapy

Some premenopausal women are less likely than others to be told about, or pursue, fertility preservation before breast cancer treatment, a recent study showed.

Asian, Black and Young Women Have Most Post-traumatic Stress Disorder After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

About one-fourth of women show post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms soon after being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, a new study shows. Young women and those who are black or Asian have higher PTSD risk.

New guidelines did not change mammography rates

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The proportion of women undergoing screening for breast cancer every year did not change after a government-backed panel said women in their 40s shouldn't have routine mammograms, according to a new study

Minorities wait longer for breast cancer surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among young women diagnosed with breast cancer, black and Hispanic patients were more likely to wait weeks for treatment, in a new study from California.

Study Looks at Fetal and Maternal Effects of Chemotherapy During Pregnancy

Chemotherapy given after the first trimester to pregnant women diagnosed with breast cancer caused no significant treatment-related complications for infants or mothers, a European research study showed.

Computer tool may not boost mammograms' accuracy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using a computer tool to help doctors analyze mammography images increases the number of early, non-invasive breast cancers that are caught, but also means more women without cancer have to undergo follow-up ultrasounds and biopsies, according to a new study.

U.S. top court weighs patentability of human genes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after learning that his son had autism, Hollywood producer Jon Shestack ("Air Force One") tried to get researchers investigating the genetic causes of the disorder to pool their DNA samples, the better to identify genes most likely to cause that disorder. But his approach to scientists at universities across the country in the late 1990s hit a brick wall: They refused to join forces, much less share the DNA.

U.S. justices wary of wide human gene patent ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled reluctance to issue too broad a ruling about patents on human genes, and some indicated they might seek a compromise distinguishing between types of genetic material.

Discuss cancer-reducing drugs with women: panel

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors should talk about breast cancer-reducing drugs with women and offer tamoxifen or raloxifene to those that have a high risk of cancer and aren't likely to suffer side effects, a government-backed panel said on Monday.

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