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Spanish Oncology to establish a new standard treatment on breast cancer at early stages
Date:12/3/2010

Madrid, 2 december 2010.- Spanish Oncology has established a new standard treatment for Breast Cancer at early stages thanks to the results of the study 9805/Target 0 funded by Spanish Breast Cancer Research Group (GEICAM) and sponsored by Sanofi Aventis.

More than thousand patients and 50 hospitals participated in the study, whose findings are reported in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Results indicate that docentaxel during quimotherapy reduces the risk of recurrence by 32% in women with high-risk but node-negative, early stage breast cancer when cancer has not spread to lymph nodes.

The aim of the research was to test the efficiency between a drug combination of docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (TAC) in comparision with the traditional treatment of fluorouracil, doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (FAC). The research has scientifically supported the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a new use of docetaxel for Breast Cancer.

"This study represents a hit within Spanish Breast Cancer researches and demonstrates the high-level of Spanish Oncology. For the first time, a National research, developed by an independent research group and with Spanish patients, has established a new Standard treatment for this tumour at early-stages", points out doctor Miguel Martin of Gregorio Maraon Hospital, Madrid. "Apart from this important acknowledge to our scientific labour, it is also important that our research has been published by a prestigious publication such as The New England Journal of Medicine, that only reports those researches which modify standards of treatments".

Improvements on screening campaigns have risen the number of diagnosed women at early stages, just before the tumour has spread to the lymph nodes. However, until now there were no studies with those drug combinations aimed at this profile: women with high-risk but node-negative, early-stage breast cancer. Up to date, we had no appro
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Contact: Mnica Llorente
mllorente@plannermedia.com
GEICAM (Grupo Espaol de Investigacin en Cncer de Mama)
Source:Eurekalert

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