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Radiation risks greater for older breast cancer patients

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Breast cancer patients who receive radiotherapy after surgery show reduced breast cancer deaths and disease recurrence, but increased mortality from other causes, particularly heart problems, a review of radiotherapy trials has shown. As a result, there is a modest benefit for younger women with node-positive disease under the age of 50, but risks may outweigh benefits for older women who are at low risk of local recurrence, researchers conclude.

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