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Radiation Therapy After Lumpectomy: An Unnecessary Step for Early-Stage Breast Cancer?

Radiation Therapy After Lumpectomy: An Unnecessary Step for Early-Stage Breast Cancer?

A study is challenging the long-standing use of post-lumpectomy radiation in breast cancer treatment. The research involved women over 55, who met specific criteria for safely forgoing radiation and instead, used endocrine therapy. Five-year recurrence rates matched those of patients who received radiation, suggesting a potential change in treatment for early-stage breast cancer. However, this new approach faces obstacles including unreliable tests for identifying tumor characteristics and a lack of a no-radiation protocol in hospitals. These issues underscore the need to discuss these changes with an oncology team. The shift indicates an ongoing requirement for research, patient empowerment, and individualized treatments, all with the aim of improving patient quality of life.

Full article here: https://ipllfirm.com/all-insights/news-and-articles/radiation-therapy-after-lumpectomy-an-unnecessary-step-for-early-stage-breast-cancer/