Drug Prolongs Life in Younger Women with Advanced Breast Cancer, Research Reports

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A drug that can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer has been shown for the first time to lengthen survival in women who developed the disease before or during menopause. In the study, 70% of those who took the drug alongside their standard treatment were still alive 3 1/2 years later, compared to a survivorship of 46% with those who received their treatment alone.

This treatment uses drugs to block estrogen or the body from producing estrogen. This new development only applies to women who have not reached or completely gone through menopause and whose tumors are sensitive to estrogen but lack the HER2 protein.

Dr. Sylvia Adams, a breast cancer specialist and researcher at NYU Langone Health's Perlmutter Cancer Center said, “It’s a trial worth highlighting, as there have been very few studies in advanced breast cancer in general showing a clear survival benefit.”

Read the full story from the Seattle Times.

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