A Breast Cancer You May Not Need to Treat

An increasing number of women are being told they have "stage 0” cancer and need some combination of surgery, radiation and powerful drugs. Some experts now say these treatments are going much too far.

By Nancy F. Smith
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Photograph: Sean Locke

To learn about a clinical trial that aims to identify which drugs work best on breast cancers with specific genetic characteristics, go to More.com/ISpy2.

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First Published September 6, 2011

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Michelle Joiner10.26.2011

I would also like to share clinical findings by The Lancet, a recent paper published confirming that radiation therapy after surgery for early-stage breast cancer patients reduces the risk that the cancer will recur or spread 10 to 15 years following treatment. More information here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/health/research/20cancer.html?_r=4

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