Breast Cancer

The latest breast cancer news, advice, and information, including treatment, genetics, symptoms, advanced stages, and real-life inspiring stories about people living with breast cancer.

Bridging the Gap: Metastatic Breast Cancer

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Chemobrain: Cancer Treatment Side Effects

For patients with metastatic breast cancer, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapies can all harm nearby or distant healthy tissue—including the brain.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

After Mastectomy, Don't Neglect Breast Imaging and Biopsy

Mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer doesn’t eliminate the need for imaging tests and biopsies in the future, according to a study.

By Diane Domina

How Do I Know if I Have Dense Breast Tissue?

Dense breast tissue makes it harder for mammograms to detect cancers, because they both appear white in the images, and tumors are harder to see.

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Why You May Want to Have Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Up to 14 percent of breast cancers — almost 35,000 cases each year in the United States — are associated with a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

By Diane Domina

Race Affects Breast Cancer Chemo Completion

New research suggests that non-white women are less likely to complete the full-term course of chemotherapy to treat their breast cancer. What gives?

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Diagnosed With Breast Cancer? Get a Second Opinion

The benefits of seeking a second opinion for a breast cancer diagnosis are clear. A comprehensive review changed the diagnosis for 43 percent of patients.

By Diane Domina

Silicone Breast Implants Raise the Risk for Rare Health Problems

Women who have silicone implants are at higher risk for adverse, rare, health problems, including Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis.

By Diane Domina

Does The Oncologist Want You To Do More Yoga?

Doctors have new guidelines for using yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and other complementary approaches for breast cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

By Katherine Malmo

Metastatic Breast Cancer and Your Employer

Follow these 5 suggestions to navigate the best way forward with your employer.

By Elizabeth Millard

Breast Cancer Does Not Rule Out Breastfeeding

Promising facts about breastfeeding and breast cancer for all new mothers — those with or at risk for breast cancer, and those seeking to prevent it.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Meet the Experts

PJ Hamel

Patient Expert

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease.

Bethany Kandel

Health Writer

Bethany Kandel is a New York-based journalist, health writer, and author. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

Phyllis Johnson

Patient Expert

Phyllis Johnson is an inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) survivor diagnosed in 1998, and has written about cancer for HealthCentral since 2007.

PJ Hamel

Patient Expert

PJ Hamel is senior digital content editor and food writer at King Arthur Flour, and a James Beard award-winning author. A 16-year breast cancer survivor, her passion is helping women through this devastating disease.

Health News

Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Results of a recent study suggest low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer in women over the age of 55.

Potential New Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer Identified

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, discovered that an FDA-approved treatment for certain cancers of the blood may significantly reduce the growth of triple-negative breast cancers.

FDA Okays Genetic Home Test for Cancer

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized 23andMe to market the first direct-to-consumer test for three specific genetic mutations known to increase the risk for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Called the Personal Genome ...