Breast cancer strikes hard and it is merciless. It is estimated that approximately 12 percent of U.S. women develop invasive breast cancer during their lives and 2015 is a year in which around 300 thousand breast cancer cases are expected to develop.
There is hope, however, for a new study showed us that breast cancer can be looked at from a totally different perspective. The study was created with the aim of studying new methods of treating breast cancer.
It was discovered that shorter courses of radiation therapy do not only lead to lower toxic exposure, but they also ensure that the quality of life is much improved.
The study, as expected, is using newer, more refined technology. Dr. Simona Shaitelman states that previous studies were done with equipment that is well below the standards that medicine imposes today. She is telling us that we can look forward to a brighter future because of technological developments and because of the willingness of specialists to push the limits.
Dr. Shaitelman says that the main conclusion that can be drawn from the study is that women who are 40 of age or older should be exposed to shorter, more concentrated doses of radiation in order to ensure proper care.
The lead study author of the project is satisfied with the results, but quickly encourages us to look beyond them. Shaitelman admits that technology can ensure longer and better survival for patients with breast cancer, but she also wonders if there is a better option for the women who have to withstand the disease.
For her the quality of life during and after the treatment was of paramount importance. It seems that the patients who received the shorter radiation course “reported less difficulty in caring for their families’ needs.” This is a very important factor that we must take into account: a good number of women with breast cancer are working mothers who need to set their priorities straight.
As a side note, a number of Harvard doctors pointed out more benefits that result after this type of treatment: accessible costs, reduced morbidity and good tumor control.
While breast cancer still remains a major concern and is being dealt with every day, the struggle to find a permanent solution goes on. In the beginning of 2015, approximately 40 thousand women in the U.S. were expected to die of breast cancer. But now we have something more, something better to look forward to. Maybe this study and these results will help cut that number drastically.
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