Less chemo on the horizon

A Phase III study of over 10,000 women with breast cancer has determined about 70% of breast cancer cases can be treated with hormone therapy alone. That’s huge news for patients who are apprehensive about starting chemotherapy, which has many undesirable side effects like immune deficiency and hair loss. Researchers used a genetic assessment on 21 genes linked to breast cancer to determine a score to identify which women are at low-risk for recurrence, and thus can skip the harsh therapy. This mainly affects patients with early-stage breast cancers, since those cases are less likely to have metastasized. Click here to learn how to properly perform your monthly breast exam. Don’t worry, it’s technically safe-for-work. They make sure to use man boobs instead of women’s to avoid censorship.