Special to the NNPA from the Louisiana Weekly
(NNPA) - Breast-conserving therapy is a viable treatment option for African American women, although they tend to have more advanced breast cancer at diagnosis, according to researchers from Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak, MI. The study is available online now and will be in the July 15 issue of the journal Cancer.
The study, which reviewed the data of 699 women treated with breast conserving therapy --which means a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy instead of removing the entire breast-- at Beaumont from 1980 to 2003, found that African American women were younger and had larger, more aggressive tumors at the time of diagnosis. As a result, they more frequently required chemotherapy and lymph node irradiation as part of their treatment.