March 3, 2015
Only 65% of women with breast cancer whose disease spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes underwent recommended radiation therapy after mastectomy, according to study results.
“My colleagues and I were quite startled by the finding that a third of patients with N2/N3 disease did not receive post-mastectomy radiation therapy, which is the standard of care,” Quyen D. Chu, MD, MBA, FACS, professor of surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, said in a press release. “From this study, we could not tease out whether patients refuse treatment or there is a lack of awareness among women and physicians about the need for radiation therapy after mastectomy for locally advanced breast cancer. If women with N2/N3 breast cancer who plan a mastectomy are not offered post-mastectomy radiation therapy, they should ask their physician why.”