Breast Cancer In 90 Year Old Women

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Radiation, Hormones Can Help Breast Cancer Patients Over Age 65 Avoid Recurrence

A recent study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine indicates that older women (defined as over age 65) who’ve had a lumpectomy can dramatically reduce their risk of both a cancer recurrence, and new tumors, by undergoing radiation therapy; and by taking tamoxifen, a drug that blocks the effects of estrogen in the body, for five years. While these treatments are pretty much “standard of care” for younger women, older women aren’t as likely to receive them.

 

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