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  1. When Breast Cancer Spreads

    If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it's called advanced, or metastatic, cancer. The most common places it spreads to are the lymph nodes, liver, lungs, bones, and brain. Even if it isn't curable, there are treatments that can help manage your cancer. "The  majority

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  2. Your Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

    When you find out you have advanced breast cancer, called metastatic or stage IV cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. That's understandable. "The goals of therapy are to prolong life while at the same time maintaining a good quality of life," says Julie Gralow, MD, of the Seattle Cancer Car

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  3. Feel Better During Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

    Cancer medicines are strong, and their side effects can be intense. But there are ways to manage them. The key is to let your doctor know what's bothering you so he or she can recommend changes that help. In some cases, your doctor may be able to change your prescriptions or adjust the dose. For exa

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  4. Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

    Scientists are looking for new ways to treat advanced breast cancer in clinical trials. These trials test new drugs to see if they are safe and if they work. They often are a way for people to try new medicine that isn't available to everyone. Your doctor can tell you if one of these trials might be

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  5. Low-Fat Diet May Up Some Breast Cancer Survival

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of early death in some women with breast cancer, according to new research. The low-fat diet seemed particularly helpful for early stage breast cancer patients with so-called est

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  6. Test May Predict Return of Early Breast Tumor

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have early breast tumors surgically removed, a new genetic test may help predict the odds of a recurrence, a new study says. The research, presented Friday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, focused on

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  7. New Breast Cancer Treatment Promising for Some

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment known as ovarian suppression used along with an anti-estrogen drug normally given to older women appears to greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in some younger women, new research suggests.

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  8. Preliminary Studies Target Advanced Breast Cancers

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two preliminary studies into medications under development may offer some hope for women with advanced breast cancer. A breast cancer specialist says the findings aren't a "home run," but so far the experimental treatme

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  9. Many Breast Cancer Patients Get Too Much Radiation

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many studies have affirmed that a newer, shorter course of radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer works just as well as a longer course. However, new research suggests that many U.S. patients still get radiatio

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  10. Male Breast Cancer Is Different

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men's breast cancer differs in some ways from women's, new research finds. One important difference is in the rates of survival. The study found that while survival for men with breast cancer has improved, it hasn't kept

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