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June 2, 2005

Drugs reduce breast cancer deaths

Topics: Medicine

In a very important development, a drug cocktail of standard drugs - adriamycin and cyclophosphamide, and the newer drug docetaxel (Taxotere), has been found to cut the risk of breast cancer death by nearly a third. Nearly 90% of patients at high risk of recurring disease survived at least five more years after the treatment. And most impressive was that fact that the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on 1,491 women with breast cancer which had spread to the lymph system in the armpit. The study found the new combination to have more side effects than conventional therapy, but only during the period of treatment.

Posted by Hyscience at June 2, 2005 12:04 AM



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