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Barcelona, Spain: Patients with an early form of breast cancer are less likely to suffer a recurrence if they are post-menopausal or if their tumour is oestrogen receptor positive, according to research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference.

Although ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive form of breast cancer, it can become invasive. Because little is known about which cases will progress, DCIS is treated in much the same way as other forms of breast cancer.

The new study shows that treatment including removal of the cancer followed by radiotherapy to the affected breast leads to very low rates of recurrence. Researchers say the study also offers clues as to which patients need more aggressive treatments, and which could safely have fewer treatments.

The research was led by Dr Icro Meattini, a clinical oncologist at the University Hospital of Florence, Italy. He said: “A diagnosis of DCIS can be frightening but also confusing. Although we know that very few patients will go on to develop invasive cancer, we don’t know which ones they will be and so we offer treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy, and sometimes hormone therapy.

“We wanted to look in detail


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