A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that a significant number of women with early-stage breast cancer may not require chemotherapy-which could potentially be a huge deal for tens of thousands of patients at the edges of the disease.
"It's by far the worst part of breast cancer treatment.is having to tell somebody they need chemotherapy", said Dr. William Burak, a breast surgeon at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
The researchers also found that women with a score of 0-10 had very low recurrence rates with hormone therapy alone at nine years (3 percent).
He added: "Further studies are being planned in the UK through the Cancer Research UK-funded Precision-Panc initiative to work out which preoperative combination regimen would work the best at an individual pancreatic cancer patient level". It's just that not everybody needs it. This finding indicates the need to develop more effective therapies for women at high risk of recurrence.
A low test score means patients can forgo the treatment, as well as its toxic side effects, while a high score means women would greatly benefit.
Joyce Williams plays with her five and six-year-old little girls today, a breast cancer survivor.
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"Women regularly call our helpline struggling with debilitating side effects from long-term breast cancer treatments, like aromatase inhibitors, and joint pain is a particularly common problem". Her hair fell out, she developed an infection and was hospitalized for a low white blood count, "but it was over fairly quickly and I'm really glad I had it". "There are some people who say, 'I don't care what you say, I'm never going to do chemo, '" and won't even have the gene test, she said.
"Testing solved a large issue of figuring out that desires chemo, said Lots of women believe" if I do not get chemotherapy I will die, and when I get chemo I'm likely to be treated", but the results show there is a sliding scale of advantage and sometimes not one, " he explained. "For me and my story, I think I made all of the right decisions at the right point in time".
"If physicians had recommended she bypass chemo Depending on the chemical test,"that I Would have confessed that", she explained. research".
For a while, doctors have suspected that not all patients needed to undergo chemotherapy treatments, but they were lacking the evidence to back up their claims.
Having chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery is not the standard of care across the United Kingdom for pancreatic cancer, although Chang says more centres are starting to adopt it.
She says she's grateful to be a survivor today, and for research like this to continue for all generations to come.