New study shows some with breast cancer could skip chemotherapy

New study shows some with breast cancer could skip chemotherapy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new study from the Dana Farber cancer institute in Bost shows that a certain gene test can help many women with early stage breast cancer avoid chemotherapy and still beat the disease.

Instead, patienets would be able to have simple hormone therapy to overcome their cancer.

As one doctor explained, it’s all about finding if you fit in that category.

“Patients with a low score, like patients described in this report have tumors that are very sensitive to hormone therapy and in whom we don’t think chemotherapy does very much” – Dr. Hal Burstein of Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers

The study involved more than ten thousand women with the most common type of breast cancer, early stage, hormone driven, with no cancer in the lymph nodes.

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