Many breast cancer patients can safely skip chemotherapy

08 June, 2018, 10:41 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemotherapy

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.

Up to 85% of women with early breast cancer could safely avoid chemotherapy following a 21-gene test that can determine how active a tumour is.

"The impact is tremendous", said the study leader, Dr. Joseph Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in NY. Women who get their mammograms on time have a much better chance of being diagnosed in the earlier stages and therefore a less likelihood of needing chemo.

"The new results from TAILORx give clinicians high-quality data to inform personalized treatment recommendations for women", said lead author Joseph A. Sparano, M.D., associate director for clinical research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center and Montefiore Health System in New York City and vice chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group. He said "Oncologists have been waiting for these results, it will affect practice on Monday morning".

The researchers said ongoing clinical trials are obtaining additional information on the clinical usefulness of the 21-gene assay in women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer and positive axillary nodes, and evaluating the clinical usefulness of the 50-gene assay in this context. "It's a great news story". "This life-changing breakthrough is absolutely wonderful news as it could liberate thousands of women from the agony of chemotherapy".

- Local breast cancer doctors are excited about the results of a trial involving 10,000 women.

The usual treatment is surgery followed by years of a hormone-blocking drug.

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Pancreatic cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery may live longer than those who have immediate surgery, according to unpublished clinical trial results.

There was no significant difference in the number of serious side effects experienced between the two groups of patients, the researchers said. Oncotype DX costs around $4,000, which Medicare and many insurers cover.

The study was extensive so patients who fit in this new category should be very confident with their course of treatment, even if it's without chemotherapy. Other folks need chemo for the tiniest possibility of advantage.

"I think it's been well spent", Singer said of the stamp proceeds.

"I was somewhat relieved". 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".

"If physicians had recommended she bypass chemo Depending on the chemical test,"that I Would have confessed that", she explained. research".

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