Navigation Links
Ireland Cancer Center researcher finds standard treatment for breast cancer not followed
Date:12/21/2007

Research out of the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in collaboration with six integrated health plans that are part of the Cancer Research Network, found that the majority of older women with early stage breast cancer fail to adhere to the standard of treatment five years of daily oral use of the chemo-prevention drug Tamoxifen. To be published in the February issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology and released earlier this month, Cynthia Owusu, MD, of the Ireland Cancer Center (ICC) and colleagues determined that premature tamoxifen discontinuation is quite common and deserves closer attention.

We in the medical community have long believed we were caring for these women appropriately and this study determines that these patients over age 65 are being woefully undertreated, said Dr. Owusu, who runs the ICCs geriatric oncology program and was lead author of the study. Going forward we need to develop strategies to improve breast cancer outcomes for these women.

The study looked at 961 women over the age of 65 who had early stage hormone positive breast cancer. Previous research has shown that five years of Tamoxifen is more effective than two years of use. However, information on tamoxifen discontinuation has been scanty. Dr. Owusu and her group sought to identify factors that predict premature tamoxifen continuation.

They found that nearly 50% of the women in the study discontinued tamoxifen before the completion of five years. The women most likely to stop taking the treatment were women over age 75, women who developed other medical illnesses during the first three years of follow-up and those who had their breast lumps removed but failed to receive radiation after their surgery. The discontinuation of Tamoxifen may result in earlier recurrences, and ultimately, increased breast cancer mortality.

This study is the first to show that closer attention to non-adherence among older women at risk of premature discontinuation might improve breast cancer survival for these women, explains Dr. Owusu. These findings have major clinical implications for this large group of breast cancer survivors. It means we have to really examine what to do to counteract this discontinuation, such as working more closely with primary care providers and increasing patient education. We really have to pay close attention to older patients more likely to fall into this category.

These results remind us to educate our patients about the value of prompt diagnosis and complete treatment. Only through closer follow-up care for older women with breast cancer, will we achieve optimal results and allow these women to lead healthy lives, said Stanton Gerson, MD, Director of the Ireland Cancer Center.


'/>"/>

Contact: Alicia Reale
Alicia.Reale@UHhospitals.org
216-844-5158
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center and Funky Winkerbean Cartoonist Tom Batiuk Establish Lisas Legacy Fund for Cancer Research and Education
2. Carrington Subsidiary DelSite to Present at International Vaccine Conference in Ireland
3. PulseLearning (Founded in Childs Bedroom in an Irish Suburban Semi Eight Years Ago and Initially Run on a Second-Hand Computer) Today Named Fastest Growing IT Company in Ireland
4. Conventional prognostic factors fail to explain better prostate cancer survival in most Asian men
5. Survival differences by race most apparent in advanced stages of breast cancer
6. MRI finds breast cancer before it becomes dangerous
7. Investigators uncover intriguing clues to why persistent acid reflux sometimes turns into cancer
8. Pathway links inflammation, angiogenesis and breast cancer
9. Radiologists encouraged to look beyond cancer for clinically unseen diseases
10. Diet high in meat, fat and refined grains linked to risk for colon cancer recurrence, death
11. Immune deficiency linked to a type of eye cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are confused ... endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms and ... help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists at ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a ... new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a ... occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... from UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School ... San Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s ... setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those ... goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an ... of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a ... Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, ... Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market ... at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: