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[MOL] Treatment May Prevent Breast Cancer's Spread to Bone

Treatment May Prevent Breast Cancer's Spread to Bone
    [12/01/2000; Reuters Health]

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with advanced breast
cancer are at high risk of having the cancer spread to
their bones. Those at highest risk may benefit from immediate
treatment with a class of drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent
such spread, researchers suggest. In the largest study of its
kind to date, Italian researchers looked back on the medical
records of nearly 7,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer. Their
specific intention was to learn which women were most likely
to later develop bone cancer. Marco Colleoni of the European Institute
of Oncology in Milan and colleagues report that approximately
one in five women will develop recurrent cancer that has spread
to bone 2 years after an initial breast cancer diagnosis, and
nearly one third of women will develop bone cancer after 10 years.
The findings are reported in the December 1st issue of the Journal
of Clinical Oncology.

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