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Doctors are working to learn more about breast cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.
- New surgical methods that save tissue or prevent scarring are being tested in clinical trials.
- Improved radiation therapy to lower the risk of side effects
- New therapies and combinations of therapies, including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and targeted therapy are being studied in clinical trials.
- Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current breast cancer treatments in order to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.
Looking for More About the Latest Research?
If you would like additional information about the latest areas of research regarding breast cancer, explore these related items that take you outside of this guide:
- To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now .
- Review research announced at the ASCO Annual Meeting , the Breast Cancer Symposium , or in ASCO’s peer-reviewed journals .
- Visit ASCO’s CancerProgress.Net  website to learn more about the historical pace of research for breast cancer. Please note this link takes you to a separate ASCO website.
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