Family History Not A Reason To Avoid Conserving Breast

November 8, 1999 -- A retrospective study of 146 women with early-stage breast cancer found that having a family history of breast or ovarian cancer did not affect the success of breast-conserving treatment.

It has been suspected that some hereditary cancers are more aggressive in nature than tumors which start to grow spontaneously, and that the hereditary cases would therefore be more difficult to treat. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer are more likely to carry mutations which make them susceptible to either or both of those diseases.

But in this study, the outcomes after treatment with lumpectomy and radiation for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were approximately the same regardless of whether the woman had a family member who suffered from breast cancer or ovarian cancer.

The study's results were presented at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, in San Antonio, TX., by Dr. Eleanor R. Harris, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.

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