Older women with breast cancer receiv...

Older women with breast cancer receiving unnecessary radiation

There are 2 comments on the Cancer Treatment story from Mar 10, 2012, titled Older women with breast cancer receiving unnecessary radiation. In it, Cancer Treatment reports that:

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have published a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology demonstrating that many older women with early stage breast cancer are receiving adjuvant radiotherapy treatment even though oncology treatment guidelines say it's not needed.

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Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Mar 10, 2012
Radiation treatment is ABSOLUTELY the standard for women under the age of 70 after a Stage I lumpectomy:


So what do we have here -- another attitude that some other cause of death will take the 70 year old before she dies from breast cancer???

What about the woman who will otherwise live to be 85, or 90, or 100? Shouldn't she be spared the pain and despair of having her breast cancer spread in a fatal way?

AGE should not be the determining factor. None of those doctors have a crystal ball and they do NOT know which of those older women will live long enough to die of breast cancer because they looked only at statistics and not individuals.

East Rockaway, NY

#2 Jun 14, 2012
There are serious complications of radiation therapy which happen after 5 to 10yrs after treatment or even after 15 to20 yrs. Patients and even doctors do not realize cause relationship to radiation as so much time has passed after original diagnosis. They include secondary cancers of breast ( which are extremely aggressive), angiosarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, myelo dysplasia, lung cancer, lung fibrosis, ostoporosis, rib fractures, secondary head &neck cances, coronary arteritis, cardiomyopathy and many others. Show me a patient alive beyond 25 yrs after breast irradiation. Normal life expectancy for women is in 80s. Say woman has cancer in 40s, she needs a treatment which will extends her life for more 40 yrs or even women getting cancer in 60s then need treatment which is good for 25 years. Radiation treatment can not achieve that. Nobody does a study for 20+ yrs. Upto 15 yrs there is no difference in survival between mastectomy and lumpectomy and radiation, however no patient who received radiation are alive beyond 25 years.

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