Findings in a recent study suggest that older women subjected to radiation therapy were able to get rid of breast cancer. However, as per national treatment guidelines, this age group of women is not to be given radiation treatment.
The new study included 7,500 old women, who were given the radiations followed by lumpectomy to treat their breast cancer.
It was highlighted that all those women who were given the radiations, reduced their chances of whole breast removal due to cancer. They were 50% less chances, in comparison other women of the same age group, who were not given any radiation therapy.
The study has been published in the journal Cancer. Statistical reports suggest that after 10 years of the treatment, only 3.2% of the women, who were given radiations, had to opt for mastectomy, in comparison to 6.3% of the other group of women.
Rather, after researchers analyzed the cases in depth, they discovered that the women, who were aged between 70 and 75 and were diagnosed with high-grade tumors, were at more benefits. Grade in case of tumors means the way the cells appear after observing under a microscope. High-grade refers to unusual appearing cells.
Patients, who didn’t opt for radiation therapy after the surgery, were at 15% more likely to go for mastectomy within 10 years.
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