The Biology of Breast Cancer

Chapter

Abstract

Understanding the biology of breast cancer has provided important insights into the refinement of prognosis and novel treatment options in breast cancer. Recent developments in the molecular characterizations of breast tumors have advanced our understanding of breast oncogenesis and progression. This chapter will review the most relevant discoveries in breast cancer biology that have important clinical implications. Having a firm understanding of the biology of breast cancer is essential to understanding the molecular diagnostic tools and personalized treatment options that are becoming part of mainstream breast cancer care.

Keywords

Zinc Estrogen Luminal Progesterone Androgen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicIowa CityUSA

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