Chemotherapy and hormonal treatments improve the 15 year survival rate for breast cancer

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1167
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Chemotherapy and hormonal therapy achieve long term improvements in survival in women with breast cancer, with even greater increases in 15 year survival than five year survival. These are the latest findings from a five yearly meta-analysis published last week (Lancet 2005;365: 1687-717).

    The Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group coordinated the world's largest collaborative analysis of cancer trials, including data from 145 000 women with early breast cancer who had been studied in 194 randomised trials.

    The group assessed the effects after 10 …

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