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Breast Cancer ‘Can Return 15 Years After Treatment Ends’

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Researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said extending treatment with hormone therapy could reduce the risk of Breast Cancer recurring.

Women who have large tumors and cancer have 40% risk that they may be affected again.

Scientists made an analysis internationally on 63,000 women for almost 20 years before publishing this report. Scientist informed that, “this happens due to hormone oestrogen which can trigger cancer cells to grow in the body after the treatment rapidly then before.

Every patient receives treatments such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors. Which is the main reason of block the effects of oestrogen in the body or it may close the hormone’s supply in the veins.

Although after five years of treatment their cancers cure. After continues monitoring for 15 years, a research shows that steady number of women found that cancer spread throughout their body. As per another research it was after 20 years after diagnosis in the body as well.

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Women who originally had large tumors and cancer that spread to four or more lymph nodes. They are at highest risk of the cancer returning the next 15 years, the study update.

All Women having small and low grade cancers had a much lower 10% risk of cancer can spread in the future.

Dr Hongchao Pan, from University of Oxford, said that breast cancer can come back in the body after long time. and some time after many years later. With this risk remaining the same year after year and still strongly related to the size of the original cancer and whether it spread to the (lymph) nodes”.

Doctors inform that five years of tamoxifen reduces the risk of recurrence by about a third in the five years after stopping treatment.

Recent research suggests that extending hormone therapy to 10 years may be more effective at preventing breast cancer recurrence.

Aromatase inhibitors, which only work for post-menopausal women are even more effective.

But there are side effects with hormone treatments. Which can affect patients daily routine life and cause issues in the body so they stop taking the pills.

There are certain symptoms related to it. It may be menopausal symptoms, osteporosis, joint pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Prof Arnie Purushotham who is senior clinical adviser at Cancer Research UK. He informs that since the research began. New drugs use to treat breast cancer and those work in different ways to tamoxifen.

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“Though we should know the difference for women might be in taking hormone therapies for 10 years instead of five. Every women must aware that how this cancer affects patients quality of life.”

Sally Greenbook, from charity Breast Cancer inform.” women must discuss any changes in the breast with their doctor. If have any issue before or after treatment with their doctor.”

“We would urge all women who have treatment for breast cancer not to be alarmed. But to ensure they are aware of the signs of breast cancer.

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