Thursday, December 22, 2005

Higher Risk of Death if Breast Cancer is in the Lower Inner Quadrant of the Breast

Cancer Consultants: Oncology Resource Center, December 22, 2005
Researchers from Switzerland recently reported that women with early breast cancer in the lower inner quadrant (the lower part of the breast, closer to the center of the body) are twice as likely to die of their cancer as women with cancer diagnosed in other parts of the breast. Researchers speculate this could be due to undetected spread of the cancer to the lymph nodes of the internal mammary chain (lymph nodes near the center of the chest). Although women with stage I breast cancer generally have excellent survival after standard therapy, some women still succumb to their disease. To investigate the relationship between tumor location and risk of death, researchers from Switzerland analyzed information about 1411 women with stage I breast cancer diagnosed between 1986 and 2002. In addition to tumor location, researchers collected information about patient age, tumor size, and whether or not the woman received chemotherapy. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--


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