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  1. Fat Injections: Safe for Breast Reconstruction After Cancer?

    July 29, 2011 -- Fat injections to contour the breasts after breast cancer surgery, known as lipofilling, appear safe, according to a new study. But the researchers add strong caveats to that conclusion.  "After breast cancer treatment, the patient has to be followed more carefully," says study rese

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  2. Tamoxifen Gives 15-Year Breast Cancer Protection

    July 28, 2011 -- Five years of tamoxifen treatment -- with or without chemotherapy -- cuts a woman's 15-year risk of breast cancer death by about a third. The reassuring finding comes from analysis of long-term data on 21,457 women with breast cancer enrolled in clinical trials of tamoxifen. "Substa

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  3. Mammograms No Better With Computer's Help

    July 27, 2011 -- Commonly used computer-assisted detection (CAD) makes mammograms more costly -- but not better at finding cancers, a large-scale study finds. CAD is now used to help interpret three-fourths of mammograms in the U.S. It adds 9% to 15% to the cost of a mammogram. Despite the extra cos

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  4. PSA Test May Help Check for Breast Cancer

    July 14, 2011 -- The blood test widely used to detect prostate cancer may prove to be a useful diagnostic tool for breast cancer, a study shows. Researchers in Taiwan, using a technique they developed, say they were able to detect prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood of women with breast can

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  5. FDA Panel Opposes Avastin for Breast Cancer

    June 29, 2011 -- An FDA panel has recommended that the drug Avastin no longer be sold as a treatment for breast cancer. The unanimous recommendation came after experts concluded that Avastin offers breast cancer patients no substantial benefits but at the same time carries substantial risks. The pan

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  6. FDA Mulls Fate of Avastin as Breast Cancer Drug

    June 28, 2011 -- An unusual and closely watched hearing on the fate of Avastin as a treatment for advanced breast cancer got off to an emotional start on Tuesday, with federal advisors listening to testimony from patients, doctors, and advocacy groups. Many urged the FDA to reconsider its decision t

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  7. Many Breast Cancer Patients Skip Radiation

    June 27, 2011 -- Nearly half of older women with high-risk advanced breast cancer in the U.S. do not get recommended radiation therapy after their mastectomy, a study shows. The women are skipping radiation therapy despite guidelines from four organizations that recommend the treatment for this type

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  8. How Much Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

    June 24, 2011 -- Women who are struggling to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, or turn down a nightly glass of wine just got a bit of breathing room, at least as far as breast cancer is concerned. A new study shows that these modifiable risk factors, even when taken together, account fo

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  9. Drug May Be New Option to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

    June 6, 2011 -- Women over age 60 can safely take an estrogen-lowering drug to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer, a new study shows. The drug, Aromasin, blocks the production of estrogen that's made outside of the ovaries. It's approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of recurrence in certain

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  10. Bone Drug May Prevent Return of Breast Cancer

    June 3, 2011 -- A drug that battles bone loss may have added benefits for women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancers, significantly reducing the chance that their cancer will return or spread, a new study shows. What's more, researchers say, the lowered risk of recurrence seems to last years after

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