A new study
, which was conducted by researchers from Oxford University, found that modern chemotherapy reduces breast cancer mortality by nearly one-third in a large number of patients.
The researchers discovered this by analyzing chemotherapy trails since 1980, resulting in the idea that chemotherapy can save lives, and a significant number at that.
"The challenge now is not only to save more lives, but to reduce the number of women given chemotherapy unnecessarily. It is with such hope that the results of ongoing oncomolecular trials are awaited," said Dr. Carlo Palmieri of the Division of Cancer at the Imperial College London. "We look forward to the day when treatment of fewer women with a personalized approach achieves more."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.