Study concludes that radiation after surgery can lower chances of recurrence
Oct 21, 2011
A new study published in The Lancent found that adding radiation to breast-conserving surgery after breast cancer diagnosis cuts the chances of recurrence in half when compared to just the surgery alone, according to WebMD.
"The findings indicated conclusively the high benefits of radiation after lumpectomy and that these benefits persist over the entire life span of the patient," Dr. Thomas A. Buchholz, a professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology at the University of Texas, told the news source. "The study clearly shows that treatment at the time of diagnosis with radiation is a much better strategy than saving the treatment and using it for the patients at the time of a recurrence."
Previously, many believed that once they get diagnosed, removing more is better. However, this study shows that radiation and a lumpectomy is equal to a mastectomy, and can also be safer in some cases, the media outlet reports.
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.