Cancer experts welcome new worldwide breast cancer findings

Women with breast cancer who receive radiation after surgery are half as likely to have their disease return within 10 years and one-sixth less likely to die over a 15-year period, according to the latest research.

Results from 17 trials worldwide – totalling nearly 11,000 participants- found that a decade after a breast cancer diagnosis, 35 per cent of the women who did not have radiotherapy had their cancer return, compared with 19 per cent of those who did get the treatment.

Radiation treatment is provided after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain and to prevent recurrence, however these findings suggest radiotherapy has a benefit in reducing the risk of the cancer spreading elsewhere in the body.


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