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[MOL] breast conservation even w/family history

Hi, friends, thought this might be of interest...love, Joicy

Family History Not A Reason To Avoid Conserving Breast
    [11/08/99; Doctor's Guide]

DALLAS, TX. -- November 8, 1999 -- A retrospective study of 146
women with early-stage breast cancer found that having a family
history of breast or ovarian cancer did not affect the success
of breast-conserving treatment. 

It has been suspected that some hereditary cancers are more aggressive
in nature than tumors which start to grow spontaneously, and
that the hereditary cases would therefore be more difficult to
treat. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
are more likely to carry mutations which make them susceptible
to either or both of those diseases. 

But in this study, the outcomes after treatment with lumpectomy
and radiation for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were approximately
the same regardless of whether the woman had a family member
who suffered from breast cancer or ovarian cancer. 

The study's results were presented at the 41st annual meeting
of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology,
in San Antonio, TX., by Dr. Eleanor R. Harris, Instructor, University
of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. 

The full article can be found at:

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