Elderly breast cancer patients receive radiation therapy despite no such benefit

December 8, 2014 11:15 AM

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A noteworthy analysis has found that while clinical data has suggested oncologists not to adopt radiation method to treat early stage breast cancers in aged women (70 or above), about two-thirds of them continue to receive it; researchers at Duke Medicine report. Earlier, it was believed that radiation therapy as a supplement to surgery plus drug, tamoxifen, can significantly reduce a recurrence of cancer and women with early stage of tumors. However, according to a clinical trial database, radiation therapy doesn’t play much significant role. Still, the technique is being used to cure the disease.

“Our findings highlight the fact that it may be challenging for practitioners to incorporate clinical trial data that involves omitting a treatment that was previously considered standard of care”, said Rachel Blitzblau, M.D, PhD, the Butler Harris Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke U...

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