New drug to prevent breast cancer recurrence shows promise

June 1, 2014 7:22 PM

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New drug to prevent breast cancer recurrence shows promise

A new treatment option is more effective than tamoxifen at preventing a return of breast cancer in young women, according to the results of two international trials released Sunday.

The findings show that exemestane, given along with treatment to suppress the function of the ovaries, reduced the risk of breast cancer's return by 34 percent, and cut the risk of a subsequent invasive cancer by 28 percent.

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