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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Breast Cancer Recurrence: Where Do You Stand?

Some breast cancer survivors can put fears of recurrence out of their minds, while others think about it every day. Which kind are you?

By PJ Hamel

Dense Breasts? AI Can Assess as Reliably as Radiologists

Researchers have developed an automated model that can assess dense breast tissue as reliably as expert radiologists — an innovation they hope will make mammograms more reliable.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Post Breast Cancer Survival

A clean bill of health after a fierce battle with breast cancer is a wonderful thing. But it’s important to stay on guard for other conditions that breast cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing.

By PJ Hamel

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Resources

Whether you are looking for emotional support or statistics and other information, there is help available to you. Check out these organizations and websites for metastatic breast cancer treatment information, emotional support, and resources for self-care and empowerment.

By Bethany Kandel

Acupuncture Helps Joint Pain from Cancer Drug

Treated for breast cancer but stopped aromatase inhibitors due debilitating joint pain? Acupuncture can help.

By Katherine Malmo

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.

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

Can Vitamin D Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?

This recent study suggests it might. The results showed that women with high vitamin D have one-fifth the rate of breast cancer than those with low vitamin D.

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 ...