Aug 7, 2014

Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

It’s long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine times more likely to ...

Double mastectomy 'often misused'

May 31, 2014

Double mastectomy 'often misused'

by Kerry Sheridan

Women diagnosed with cancer in one breast often face a difficult decision of whether to surgically remove both, and a recent study found double mastectomies may be performed too often. The surgery does not increase survival in most women, and is typically recommended for ...

Jul 5, 2013

Team finds gene to halt breast cancer spread

A joint team comprising researchers from Osaka University and the University of Toronto has discovered a gene that can suppress the spread of breast cancer. The discovery, published in Wednesday’s edition of the U.S. science journal PLOS One, could lead to the development of ...

Jun 15, 2013

Insurance OK'd for artificial breasts

A health ministry panel has approved a system that will enable cancer patients to receive public insurance coverage for artificial breasts from next month. The move will reduce the financial burden on patients undergoing radical mastectomies since the government would shoulder 70 percent of ...

May 24, 2013

Hospital tests powerful heavy-ion breast cancer therapy

A Japanese cancer specialist said Wednesday she has started the world’s first clinical trial of a powerful, nonsurgical, short-term radiation therapy for breast cancer. The National Institute of Radiological Sciences is experimenting with “heavy ion radiotherapy,” a technique in which a pinpoint beam can ...

Grief gives counselor reason to help others

Feb 16, 2013

Grief gives counselor reason to help others

Breast cancer patients and family members gather in a room on the 10th floor of Tokyo Kyosai Hospital to sit down and share their troubles, while Kaori Osawa, a medical social worker, acts as moderator and answers questions.