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New study finds many women with early-stage cancer could skip chemotherapy

New study finds many women with early-stage cancer could skip chemotherapy”

Two separate studies, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, show Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce discomfort caused by certain therapies.

Dr. Chang, who leads part of Cancer Research UK's Precision Panc trial, said many different treatment combinations for pancreatic cancer are now emerging and further work is needed to see which may benefit patients most before surgery. The time until the pancreatic cancer came back after treatment was also extended in those receiving chemoradiotherapy, 9.9 months on average compared to 7.9 months in those having immediate surgery. Ray Lin, Scripps Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, to discuss the groundbreaking study.

While Nelson said she had a common form of breast cancer, her disease required chemotherapy. Women deemed at intermediate risk may be considered for it, but on a patient-to-patient basis.

While overall survival was small in the study because the patients were so ill to start with, the scientists behind it said the relative benefit of matched therapy applies to all cancer patients. Some were given chemotherapy along with hormonal blocking medications, while others simply received hormonal blocking meds.

Physicians and healthcare researchers are optimistic that this new testing will save numerous patients from unnecessary chemotherapy treatments and its side effects.

Between 10 to 15 in 100 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are eligible for surgery.

Nelson said this new information gives hope that one day we may live in a world without breast cancer.

Jane Murphy, clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said: "It's really interesting to see different avenues are being explored to help women adapt to life after breast cancer, which can be incredibly daunting and hard".

For example, another study at the conference found that Merck's immunotherapy drug Keytruda worked better than chemo as initial treatment for most people with the most common type of lung cancer, and with far fewer side effects.

Dr. Jennifer Litton at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, agreed, but said, "Risk to one person is not the same thing as risk to another". Since 1998, when the charity stamp was authorized by Congress and first issued by the United States Postal Service, more than $86 million has been raised for breast cancer research. Typically, it is performed on tumors that are in the early stages.

In some cases, the results will go on to change how patients are treated.



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