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Breast Cancer Study Offers New Hope
Date:5/25/2010

rvation surgery.

The investigation was funded by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and led by Dr. Julie A. Margenthaler, an assistant professor of surgery and a breast surgeon at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

"Aromatase inhibitor therapy shrank the tumors in many of these women and improved surgical outcomes," study chair Dr. Matthey J. Ellis, a breast cancer specialist at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said in a news release. "These results will encourage a change in practice across the country so that more women can benefit from the currently underutilized approach of administering estrogen-lowering agents before surgery."

The findings are scheduled to be presented June 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, in Chicago.

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For more on surgical options for breast cancer, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



--Alan Mozes



SOURCE: American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, May 20, 2010, news release.


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