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Chemo and radio should be given together post-lumpectomy

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Chemotherapy and radiotherapy should be given at the same time following a lumpectomy in order to minimise the risk of breast cancer relapsing, a new study says.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy should be given at the same time following a lumpectomy in order to minimise the risk of breast cancer relapsing, a new study says.

Researchers in the US tried different sequencings of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in 535 women who had already had surgery to remove the tumour.

Only 8% of those given chemotherapy and radiation therapy concurrently relapsed locally over a ten year period, compared with 13% of those who received radiotherapy first and 22% of those who received chemotherapy first.

There was no significant difference in overall patient outcome.

International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics 2006;66:1306-1312

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