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Key research from the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium highlights treatment advances for early breast cancer

Key research from the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium highlights treatment advances for early breast cancer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Four new studies on the treatment of early breast cancer, spanning from diagnosis through surgery, were released today in advance of the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium. The Symposium will take place September 13-15, 2012, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.

Four major studies were highlighted in today's presscast:

"Advances in precision medicine have lead to identifying the best course of treatment for each individual patient. The research presented today adds to this growing knowledge base by confirming which patient populations are most likely to benefit from screening interventions and surgical procedures," said Andrew Seidman, MD, American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Communications Committee member. "These studies will help physicians feel more confident in their treatment decisions while maximizing the benefits to patients."

An estimated 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur in women in the United States, and another 2,190 cases are expected in U.S. men in 2012. An additional 63,300 cases of in situ (non-invasive) breast cancer are expected to occur in U.S. women as well, totaling more than 290,000 new cases.*

This year's Breast Cancer Symposium will include more than 200 abstracts and focus on taking the latest scientific results in the field and bringing them into the clinic for practical applications. Sessions will cover a range of topics such as risk assessment, detection and screening, survivorship and systemic therapy.

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About the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium

The Symposium is co-sponsored by the American Society of Breast Disease, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the Society of Surgical Oncology. Click here to learn more about the co-sponsoring organizations.

Information for Media: www.asco.org/BCSpresskit

Relevant Links on ASCO's Cancer.Net:

Guide to Breast Cancer (http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/breast-cancer)

Bone Scan – What to Expect (http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/treatments-tests-and-procedures/bone-scan-what-expect)

Ultrasound – What to Expect (http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/treatments-tests-and-procedures/ultrasound-what-expect)

Choosing Wisely®: Top Five Cancer-Related Tests, Procedures, and Treatments That Many Patients Do Not Need (http://www.cancer.net/node/26096/topic-3-imaging-tests-early-stage-breast-cancer)

Understanding Cancer Surgery (http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/cancer-basics/understanding-cancer-surgery)

What to Know: ASCO's Guideline on Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer (http://www.cancer.net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-ascos-guideline-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-early-stage-breast-cancer)

Understanding Radiation Therapy (http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/treatments-tests-and-procedures/understanding-radiation-therapy)

What to Know: ASCO's Guideline on Hormonal Therapy for Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer (http://www.cancer.net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-ascos-guideline-hormonal-therapy-hormone-receptor-positive-breast-cancer)

Coping With Fear of Recurrence (http://www.cancer.net/coping/emotional-and-physical-matters/coping-fear-recurrence?et_cid=29999544&et_rid=463567184&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cancer.net%2fcoping%2femotional-and-physical-matters%2fcoping-fear-recurrence)

Relevant Links on ASCO's CancerProgress.Net Website:

cancerprogress.net/breast

Click the following link to view the full release :http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/Department%20Content/Communications/Downloads/BCS%202012%20Research%20Release.pdf?et_cid=29999544&et_rid=463567184&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.asco.org%2fASCOv2%2fDepartment%2520Content%2fCommunications%2fDownloads%2fBCS%25202012%2520Research%2520Release.pdf

ATTRIBUTION TO THE 2012 BREAST CANCER SYMPOSIUM IS REQUESTED IN ALL COVERAGE.

* Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta, GA; American Cancer Society: 2012.



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