Nation IN BRIEF : NATIONWIDE : Cancer Therapies Said to Prolong Life

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The chemotherapy and hormone treatments commonly given after surgery to women with breast cancer are much more effective in prolonging life than previously believed, a new study has found. The benefit of these treatments, in fact, increases year-to-year during the first decade after breast cancer is discovered and persists long after most women have stopped taking the drugs, according to research published in the Lancet, a British medical journal. Whereas recurrences of most types of cancer appear in the first five years after surgery, breast cancers can recur decades after an apparently "successful" treatment.

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