Older breast cancer patients may not need radiotherapy

28 January 2015

New research from the University of Edinburgh has suggested that it may be possible for some older women with breast cancer to avoid radiotherapy without affecting their chances of survival.

Women over 65 with early-stage, hormone-receptor positive breast cancers are generally offered breast-conserving surgery and hormone therapy, followed by radiotherapy. The study focused on 1,326 patients with this type of breast cancer, whose tumours had been surgically removed and had not spread to the lymph nodes.

The women were divided into two groups, one of which received hormone treatment and radiotherapy. The other group only received the hormone treatment.
It was found that 96 per cent of both groups survived for at least five years, and the majority of those who did not had not died from breast cancer. However, four per cent of those who had not had radiation suffered a recurrence of their cancer, compared to one per cent of those who did.

Posted by ​Phillip Briggs 

 

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