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Good News For Women With Early Breast Cancer
07 October 2010
Hyderabad, India

Early breast cancer refers to the stage of the disease when it has not spread to other parts of the body. Many studies show that most adjuvant (treatment in early stage) therapies are important in the fight against breast cancer, as they decrease recurrence by one third. However, recent analysis of over 3,500 patients, who had received post–surgical adjuvant therapy, has proven that the risk of recurrence had been underestimated. Some of the Indian oncologists are hoping to achieve higher success rates in treatment of this dreaded disease by individualising the treatment for patients, thereby reducing recurrence, and increase survival rates.

As against over–treatment and under–treatment of patients with conventional chemotherapy, gene mapping reduces risk of recurrence and may also add on to identify as to which chemotherapy to be given to which patient. Patients with a high risk of recurrence may opt for aggressive treatment like Docetaxel based protocols, while those with lower risk may safely avoid over–treatment and its potential side effects.

"Gene mapping involves determining the locations of genes within specific chromosome. Gene therapy can help breast cancer treatment work more effectively by delivering it directly to the tumour. It can help a chemotherapy drug work more effectively and reduce the side–effects from the treatment. The therapy could also help tackle other cancers, including pancreatic, ovarian and neck cancers," said Dr Mohana Vamsy, director & chief surgical oncologist, Omega Hospital.

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