Playlist: Advances Toward the Cure and Prevention of Breast Cancer

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A better understanding of the mechanisms that allow breast cancer cells to flourish has dramatically changed our approach to treating this disease, explains medical oncologist Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In the past, doctors treated breast tumors with extensive surgery followed by chemotherapy to prevent a recurrence. Dr. Norton describes how scientists are now developing a host of new therapies to prevent cancer cells from seeding new tumors, block the production of substances that harm healthy tissue, or disrupt chemical signals that promote tumor growth. Dr. Norton also answers questions about breast cancer from the audience and talks about how patients can get the most out of treatment.

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