Now breast cancer can be diagnosed earlier without chemotherapy, before get spreading through the lymph nodes according to the recently published study. The researchers associated with the study recently analyzed that the patients having smaller tumors in size which had not spread over the lymph nodes could be treated without applying chemo treatment.
The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology on Sunday. Since, the further studies are yet to go through the examinations of those women participants on whom the research findings are based.
However, the researchers and health experts are urging to be cautious about the applications and effectiveness of the treatment, the findings suggest it should not be applied to the patients with larger sized tumors or a cancer stage that has begun spreading or metastasizing.
Study’s author, Dr. Ingrid A. Mayer from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center said in a statement that, “We can spare thousands and thousands of women from getting toxic treatment that really wouldn’t benefit them. This is very powerful. It really changes the standard of care.”
Associate professor and breast medical oncology director, Dr. Sara Hurvitz from the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of California, Los Angeles stated a quote while describing that, “We didn’t know if chemotherapy benefited women in this range. The study showed that if you take the group as a whole, there is no difference in the risk of recurrence when you compare chemotherapy to no chemotherapy”