Most women who suffer from early breast cancer may safely skip chemotherapy without jeopardizing the likelihood of overcoming the illness, according to a huge study based on genetic testing that has just been made available for the public.
This research is, as said, the biggest study on the breast cancer therapies that has ever been carried out and the findings of this clinical trial is hoped to save about 70,000 American women suffering from breast cancer, per year.
Cancer treatment has been progressing well beyond chemotherapy, which is well-known for its very many side effects, towards gene therapies, hormonal suppressants, and immune system therapies.
However, this doesn’t mean doctors ditch chemo, as chemotherapy is still used in many parts of the world as a regular cancer treatment, while in other more-developed countries chemo is still used for short period of times.
Women with common breast cancer early stage can safely skip chemotherapy
This recently published study showed that those women suffering from breast cancer in its early stage (which has not yet reached the lymph nodes) are responding well to hormonal suppressants, as it has been found that, during this stage, the cancer cells‘ growth depends on estrogen or progesterone levels in the body.
Accordingly, the best breast cancer treatment in this particular case is surgery for removing the tumor followed by medication that blocks the normals production of estrogen and progesterone. However, regularly, women who are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are also recommended to follow chemotherapy, a procedure that is, according to the recent study, more damaging.
Nonetheless, the research has also proven that chemotherapy makes no difference in this form of breast cancer but a hormonal suppressant treatment is a key to beating cancer.
Above all, this recent study is really helpful in showing who needs chemo and who can skip chemotherapy without jeopardizing the likelihood of overcoming the breast cancer. As Harold Burstein from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute explains it, many women think that chemotherapy will save their lives but, lately, more and more studies are showing that chemo is either very weak as a cancer treatment or useless.