A lot of women will be relieved. A new and major international study reports many women with breast cancer don’t need chemotherapy treatments.
The study says that women in the early stages of the disease will not require chemo.
The findings of the study are expected to be adopted quickly, changing the way the disease is treated dramatically.
“We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them,” said Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an author of the study. “This is very powerful. It really changes the standard of care.”
Another doctor put it this way:
“I think this is a very significant advance,” said Dr. Larry Norton, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is not an author of the study, but his hospital participated. “I’ll be able to look people in the eye and say, ‘We analyzed your tumor, you have a really good prognosis and you actually don’t need chemotherapy.’ That’s a nice thing to be able to say to somebody.”
Breast cancer is quite common.
The latest statistics from 2012 indicate that there were 1.7 million new cases. with more than 500,000 women dying from the disease.
The side effects of chemo treatments for breast cancer on patients are severe such as hair loss, Nausea from the treatment. As well it can cause heart and nerve damage .
As well patients are left at risk for infection and later in life, an increased risk of getting leukemia.