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Breast Cancer Blog: High-Dose Chemo For Advanced Breast Cancer?

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Dec 5, 2005

High-Dose Chemo For Advanced Breast Cancer?

High-Dose Chemo For Advanced Breast Cancer?
I have a friend who works in a cancer center. She said that they use to do high dose chemotherapy routinely for patients with advanced stage breast cancer but not anymore. High dose chemotherapy was once a hot topic among breast cancer researchers. It has fallen out of favor among researchers in the recent years because of lack of evidence for survival with this approach.

Now a group of researchers from Germany says that regimen of high-dose chemotherapy may be effective in treatment of advanced stage breast cancer.

"Standard treatment may not be appropriate for women with breast cancer who are at a very high risk of recurrence," said Dr. Ulrike Nitz, lead author of the study, which appears in the Dec. 3 issue of The Lancet. "In this context, our trial really offers some hope for this subgroup of patients."

Experts are urging caution in this regard because of the obvious contradiction to previous studies, which showed no benefit for high dose chemotherapy.

"It's an interesting study but it's still too early to make a definitive answer," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Baton Rouge, La.

The researchers claim that recurrence free survival was 60 percent in the high-dose chemotherapy group compared to 44 percent in the conventional chemotherapy group.

Emily      


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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

Breast Cancer Blog: High-Dose Chemo For Advanced Breast Cancer?

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