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Date:6/4/2011

sk of recurrences, and there was a positive trend toward improved overall survival, while not greatly increasing toxicities," he said.

"For women with node positive breast cancer who are at high risk of recurrence of their breast cancer, these findings provide an important new treatment option," says Dr. Christine Williams, Director of Research, Canadian Cancer Society. "Ultimately, this finding will help more women survive and thrive after treatment."

Treatment for women with node-positive breast cancer has been breast-conserving surgery plus axillary lymph node dissection, followed by radiation to the breast (WBI). If a woman's cancer is considered high-risk, such as a tumour larger than 5 cm or more than three positive axillary nodes, she often receives RNI. However, until now, the benefit of adding RNI for women with one to three positive nodes has been unclear.


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