BREAST CANCER: Chemotherapy and the recurrence score—results as expected?

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Abstract

Refers to Dinan, M. A. et al. Association between use of the 21-gene recurrence score assay and receipt of chemotherapy among medicare beneficiaries with early-stage breast cancer, 2005–2009. JAMA Oncol.http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.2722

A study assessing the impact of the 21-gene recurrence score assay in routine clinical practice on the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in women with early stage ER-positive breast cancers showed that adjuvant chemotherapy use decreased in high-risk patients, but increased in low-risk patients. I discuss these results and highlight how this reflects more-selective administration of chemotherapy.

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