Recommendation to omit radiation therapy after lumpectomy is not frequently implemented

Nearly two thirds of U.S. women age 70 or older with stage I breast cancer1 who undergo lumpectomy and are eligible to safely omit subsequent radiation therapy (RT) according to national cancer guidelines still receive this treatment, according to new study results. The researchers looked at more than 205,000 cases of breast cancer nationwide, and their study is published as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication.

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