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Date:12/17/2007

.4 percent) and triple negative tumors (12.5 percent) than in women with HER2 negative/ER/PR+ tumors (1.3 percent).

The overall outcome for all the women with these small, lymph-node-negative tumors was excellent -- overall survival was 97.4 percent and disease-free survival 95.1 percent. One of the 24 patients with triple negative cancer died, none of the 24 women with HER2+ died, and one of the 219 women with HER2 negative/ER/PR+ cancer died.

The study findings suggest that women with small HER2+ and triple negative breast tumors should receive as much treatment as possible in order to prevent cancer relapse, Amar said.

But that doesn't appear to be happening. The study found that only 35 percent of women with triple negative cancers and 28 percent of those with HER2+ tumors received adjuvant chemotherapy (chemotherapy after surgery).

The study was to be presented Dec. 16 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about breast cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Dec. 16, 2007


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