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NPR News June 3, 2018

For Some Breast Cancer Patients, The Chemo Decision Just Got Easier

by Sara Kiley Watson

Thousands of breast cancer patients could now safely avoid chemotherapy thanks to a major study of women with moderate risk of recurrence.

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N Engl J Med JUNE 3, 2018

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer

JA Sparano et al

Adjuvant endocrine therapy and chemoendocrine therapy had similar efficacy in women with hormone-receptor-positive, HER2-negative, axillary node-negative breast cancer wh …

N Engl J Med SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

Prospective Validation of a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer

JA Sparano et al

Among patients with hormone-receptor-positive, HER2-negative, axillary node-negative breast cancer who met established guidelines for the recommendation of adjuvant chemo …

J Natl Cancer Inst MAY 1, 2018

Recent Trends in Chemotherapy Use and Oncologists' Treatment Recommendations for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

AW Kurian et al

For both node-negative/micrometastasis and node-positive patients, chemotherapy receipt and oncologists' recommendations for chemotherapy declined markedly over time, wit …

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NIH Research Matters JUNE 26, 2018

Test predicts whether chemotherapy will help early-stage breast cancer patients

Among women with the most common type of breast cancer, those with certain genetic risk scores didn’t benefit from receiving chemotherapy in addition to hormone therapy.

The New York Times JUNE 3, 2018

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo

Many women with early-stage forms of the disease can forego chemo, based on a test that measures the activity of genes involved in breast cancer recurrence.

CNN News OCTOBER 20, 2018

Immunotherapy-chemo combo extends life for women with aggressive form of breast cancer, study finds | CNN

A combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy added months to the lives of women with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type that attacks women under 50.

The New York Times SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

Cancer Without Chemotherapy: ‘A Totally Different World’

A growing number of cancer patients, especially those with breast and lung cancers, are being spared the dreaded treatment in favor of other options.