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  1. FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer's Ibrance (palbociclib) inhibits molecules that play a role in the growth of cancer

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  2. Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Disease

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study. The lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women,

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  3. Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Up Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests. The new findings suggest "that it is metabolic health, and not overweight per se, that is as

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  4. Race, Ethnicity May Affect Breast Cancer Survival

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your chances of being diagnosed with early breast cancer, as well as surviving it, vary greatly depending on your race and ethnicity, a new study indicates. "It had been assumed lately that we could explain the differen

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  5. This May Help Some Women With Early Breast Cancer

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For some women with early breast tumors, lower-dose chemotherapy and the drug Herceptin may help ward off a cancer recurrence, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings, published in the Jan. 8 New England Journal of

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  6. Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be Dangerous

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a pre-cancerous condition known as atypical hyperplasia of the breast are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than experts had believed, a new study finds. Hyperplasia is an overgrowth of cells.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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