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New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research, Part I: Advances in Imaging and Diagnosis

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After years of working for a "cure" for breast cancer, researchers have come to realize the enormity of the task. Although therapeutic advances are making it possible for women with advanced breast cancer to live longer, more comfortable lives, scientists still have a long way to go before they fully understand this complex disease. At this year's Society of Surgical Oncology's annual Cancer Symposium, researchers zeroed in on several key areas that could eventually unlock new methods of controlling, and possibly eliminating, this all too pervasive threat.

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