70 per cent breast cancer patients don’t need chemo

The TAILORx trial used the Oncotype DX test, now available on the NHS, which allows doctors to predict the likelihood of the breast cancer coming back.


Her case, detailed in the journal Nature Medicine, involves a new treatment which harnesses the body’s own immune system to destroy cancerous cells. The test looks at 21 different genes known to play a role in the development of breast cancer.

“She knew from that that the benefit of chemotherapy was very low, so she chose to not do chemotherapy, just do the hormone pill, and then also had just a short course of radiation, only three weeks instead of the standard six to seven”, said Melissa Mitchell, a radiation oncologist with the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Jacoub said being able to treat breast cancer without using chemotherapy will help patients as well as the medical community.

For those who fall in between – which includes most women – there was no clear evidence on whether they need chemotherapy.

Certain women 50 or younger did benefit from chemo; slightly fewer cases of cancer spreading far beyond the breast occurred among some of them given chemo, depending on their risk scores on the gene test.

“The uncertainty is over”, she said.

When she was selected for the trial in 2015, the Florida woman “had tennis ball-sized tumours in her liver and secondary cancers throughout her body”. The trial, which enrolled 10,273 women, aimed to clarify whether hormone therapy alone or together with chemotherapy is better for women with an RS of 11 to 25.

These were divided into groups that will receive chemotherapy followed by hormonal therapy or hormonal therapy alone. We owe those who took part in this trial our thanks.

Looking ahead, Sparano hopes to see if this research could be applied to patients whose cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes, which is prognostic for a higher rate of recurrence.

While the technique is still in its early days, scientists have welcomed its potential as a future treatment for cancers that have resisted all other forms of therapy.

“My condition deteriorated a lot towards the end, and I had a tumour pressing on a nerve, which meant I spent my time trying not to move at all to avoid pain shooting down my arm”, Ms Perkins said.

Across the European Union, we have seen positive results for breast cancer care as more women are being diagnosed and treated earlier, leading to higher survival rates.

The confusion comes from a genetic test called Oncotype DX that rates the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence on a 100-point scale.

A patient’s tumour is genetically analysed to identify the rare changes that might make the cancer visible to the immune system.

“Now with these genomic tests, we are finding that we have multiple types of breast cancer, perhaps several dozen”, Brawley said. The National Cancer Institute provided $36 million, and $4.5 million of it came from the money collected from the stamp.

Albain is excited to share the study results with her clients in her practice.

In a paper published in December, Kurian and Katz reported that chemotherapy use was plunging among patients with early-stage breast cancer.

After extracting the tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes from a biopsy, his team can multiply the cells and give billions of them back to the patient.

“We have to develop a new drug for every patient”, Rosenberg said.


It provides important information on a safe way to cut back treatment, an issue that has prompted vigorous debate not only for breast cancer but also for other malignancies.

For some breast cancer patients, the chemo decision may now be easier