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Genes Associated with Breast Size Also Linked to Breast Cancer
August 30, 2012
A study found seven pieces of chromosomes that are associated with breast size; three of these also are associated with breast cancer. Read more...

Lack of Sleep Linked to Higher Risk of Recurrence of Estrogen-Receptor-Positive Disease in Postmenopausal Women
August 30, 2012
A small study suggests that not getting enough sleep may be linked to a higher recurrence risk for early-stage, estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Read more...

Obese and Overweight Women May Have Higher Risk of Recurrence
August 30, 2012
A large study suggests that overweight and obese women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer have a higher risk of the cancer coming back and are less likely to survive the disease. Read more...

T-DM1 Improves Survival in Women with HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
August 29. 2012
Women diagnosed with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer lived longer when they got the experimental medicine T-DM1 compared to women who got a different targeted therapy regimen. Read more...

New Tool May Help Figure Out Which Older Women Can Skip Radiation After Lumpectomy
August 28, 2012
To help doctors better understand which older women can safely skip radiation therapy after lumpectomy, researchers have developed a new predictive tool. Read more...

Survey Says Women Want to See Reconstruction Results Before Breast Cancer Surgery
August 23, 2012
Survey results reveal that 89% of U.S. women diagnosed with breast cancer want to see what reconstruction results would look like before starting treatment. Read more...

Exercise Improves Quality of Life During and After Treatment
August 22, 2012
Two new, separate review studies found that 12 weeks of exercise was linked to better overall quality of life for people being treated for cancer as well as survivors. Read more...

Chemo During Pregnancy Appears Safe for Mother and Child
August 21, 2012
A study supports other research that suggests chemotherapy during pregnancy doesn't have harmful effects on the baby. Read more...

Xgeva Better Than Zometa at Reducing Risk of Bone Problems in Women with Metastatic Disease
August 21, 2012
Research suggests that Xgeva is better than Zometa at reducing the risk of bone complication and improves quality of life more in women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that has spread to the bones. Read more...

Docs Need to Consider Quality of Life When Assessing Lymphedema
August 16, 2012
A study strongly suggests that considering a person’s quality of life as well as reducing swelling is very important to managing lymphedema. Read more...

Research Suggests How Metastatic Cancer Becomes Resistant to Chemotherapy
August 15, 2012
A very early study on cancer cells in petri dishes in the lab has found that a type of cell called a fibroblast also is damaged by chemotherapy. Damaged fibroblasts make a protein called WNT16B that may help metastatic cancer cells become resistant to chemotherapy and grow. Read more...

Most Older Women Seem to Benefit from Radiation After Lumpectomy
August 15, 2012
Contrary to current treatment guidelines, a new study suggests that radiation therapy after lumpectomy may help most older women diagnosed with early-stage, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer avoid a later mastectomy. Read more...

Injectable Herceptin Shows Promise
August 10, 2012
A study suggests that an injectable form of Herceptin works just as well as and is as safe as the standard IV form of Herceptin to treat HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer before surgery. Read more...

Fertility Drugs Seem to Affect Breast Cancer Risk in Younger Women
August 3, 2012
A study suggests that women younger than 50 who use fertility drugs to successfully conceive a child may see their risk of breast cancer go up. But this higher risk is about the same as the average woman’s risk. Read more...

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