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Siemens gains add-on breast tomosynthesis FDA approval, as startup files first PMA for computer-aided detection

Just as the latest breast tomosynthesis equipment option has made it through the FDA with an approval for Siemens, startup VuComp has submitted its own PMA to gain approval for its computer-aided detection software for digital breast tomosynthesis images.

Seeking a drug cocktail, CSHL team points to a new pathway for breast cancer

Investigators believe that they have found a new approach to treating HER2-positive breast cancer in a class of enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases, or PTPs, which plays a role in cell proliferation.

Study: False alarms of breast cancer costing U.S. $4B a year

According to a new report, the U.S. wastes as much as $4 billion a year in unnecessary medical costs that are the result of mammograms that produce false positives, and treatments of certain breast tumors that aren't life-threatening. 

Nektar looks for the positive in a failed PhIII breast cancer study

About two months ago, Nektar was talking up a big expansion, making way for the new staffers that would be needed to start commercializing the breast cancer drug NKTR-102. Today, the biotech may be rethinking that plan, as the drug failed in a pivotal late-stage study.

MD Anderson team explores a combination approach against cancer metastasis

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center say they've devised a new strategy for attacking breast cancer tumors before they metastasize.

FDA approves the first 3-D breast CT scanner without tissue compression from Koning

Koning has gained a PMA approval for the first 3-D breast computed tomography scanner to extensively image the breast without compressing it.

Dartmouth team tags HER4 as a key culprit for HER2 drug resistance

Cancer drug researchers have developed some major new drugs for treating HER2-positive breast cancer, but patients still develop resistance to them. Now a team at Dartmouth says it has identified a key pathway for resistance that points to a new class of third-line therapies.

Myriad settles patent feud with Invitae, Pathway Genomics over BRCA technology

Myriad Genetics is throwing in the towel in its fight to stop other companies from offering diagnostic tests that spot specific genes known to be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

Scientists uncover new target for triple-negative breast cancer

About one of every 5 cases of breast cancer are termed triple-negative. They are hard to treat and resistant to some of the therapies currently in use, and as a result patients in this subtype have a worse chance of beating the disease or delaying its progress significantly. But now a team of scientists in the U.K. says that they have identified a gene that appears to drive disease progression and might offer a good target for drug developers.

Pfizer nears a new dawn in oncology with AstraZeneca in the rearview

Pfizer appears to be speeding toward a crucial early FDA approval for palbociclib, a breast cancer treatment with blockbuster potential, pivoting from its failed bid for AstraZeneca and building up an oncology pipeline of its own.