breast cancer

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More than 7,000 researchers from 90 countries are meeting this week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

One of the San Antonio doctors sharing his research has exciting news about how aspirin could help extend the lives of patients.

Women are less likely to die of breast cancer than they were a decade ago, but not all women are benefiting from that trend.

White women saw more of a drop in death rates than black women — 1.9 percent a year from 2010 to 2014, compared to a 1.5 percent decrease for black women, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Some San Antonio researchers are developing a new cancer treatment that may be less debilitating than chemo and other therapies. It could also be cheaper.

57-year-old Teresa Farris is fighting a particularly aggressive malignancy called triple negative breast cancer. It’s difficult to treat and it often comes back.

"I’m just continuing to fight on," Farris said. "Whatever it takes."

There are a number of options for women when they learn they have breast cancer in its earliest stages, when the tumor is relatively small and has not yet spread.

Each option is similarly effective when it comes to killing cancer cells and preventing the disease from returning.

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is this week here in San Antonio. The meeting of some of the nations foremost authorities on breast cancer promises to bring new research into the world of treatment. 

Many of the research presented will be discussed for the first time publicly. New methods that target the individual genes of an individual person are becoming the direction of future treatment. We talk with one of the experts.