Breast cancer

01 April 2010

More Women Urged to Get Radiation After Mastectomy

Potentially lifesaving treatment is underused, study finds

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Among women who they determined should receive radiation therapy, it was given to 78 percent of those who had mastectomy (breast removal) and 95 percent of those who had lumpectomy (removal of the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue), the researchers found. Among women who they had determined would not get as much benefit from radiation therapy, the rates were 46 percent for those who'd had a mastectomy and 80 percent for women who'd had a lumpectomy.


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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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