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The World in Medicine
October 14, 1998

Breast Cancer Survival

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JAMA. 1998;280(14):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1216

As the United Kingdom's Imperial Cancer Research Fund dedicates the month of October to raising awareness of breast cancer research, new findings have shown that chemotherapy can improve long-term survival in women whose cancer is confined to the breast.

In a randomized study of 18000 women with breast cancer, researchers from Oxford University in England found that among women younger than 50 years whose cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes, chemotherapy prevented about 11 deaths during 10 years for every 100 women treated. Even among women whose cancer had not spread, the researchers found that chemotherapy prevented seven deaths per 100 women treated.

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