New study supports aggressive radiation for some breast cancer patients
Jun 10, 2011
New research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology supports the use of aggressive radiation treatment for some breast cancer patients, according to a recent report from the Lexington 18 News.
More than 1,800 women were involved in the study, which looked at node-positive breast cancer, where tumors are found in the lymph nodes in the armpits.
"These results are potentially practice-changing," said the report. "They will encourage physicians to offer all women with node-positive disease the option of receiving regional nodal irradiation. Adding regional nodal irradiation improved disease-free survival, lowered the risk of recurrences, and there was a positive trend toward improved overall survival, while not greatly increasing toxicities."
One in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Thus, the ACS recommends that all women over the age of 40 receive annual mammograms in order to prevent the spread of cancer.