Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation

December 8, 2014 8:07 AM

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Most elderly breast cancer patients receive unnecessary radiation

The randomized clinical trial - often regarded to be the "gold standard" in evidence-based medicine - demonstrated that the administering of radiation to patients who had received surgery and the drug tamoxifen did not improve 5-year recurrence rates or survival rates in elderly women diagnosed with early-stage tumors.

Radiation therapy has been considered the standard treatment for early-stage breast cancer for many years. However, it appears that practitioners are reluctant to change their ways. In the new study, published in Cancer, the authors state that the omission of radiotherapy has not been widely adopted...

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