The first study to compare survival between women with breast cancer whose treatment was based on consensus guidelines and those whose treatment was not shows that adhering to established guidelines improves survival and reduces the risk of recurrence. The study retrospectively examined whether the systemic therapy prescribed after surgery for women with early-stage breast cancer was consistent with treatment guidelines established for at the time. Systemic therapy includes chemotherapy and hormonal therapy and is designed to reach cancer cells that may have spread beyond the original tumor site. The study and an accompanying editorial will be published online August 2 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) at http://www.jco.org.
Using medical records from Canada’s national health care system, Dr. Hébert-Croteau and her colleagues compared survival between 1,002 women with early breast cancer whose systemic treatment was delivered according to guidelines developed at the 1992 St-Gallen conference in Switzerland, and 380 women whose treatment differed from those guidelines. The study also included 159 women whose guideline adherence was unknown. The women were diagnosed between 1988 and 1994 with invasive breast cancer that had not spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Developed by consensus with input from oncologists in Europe and North America, the St-Gallen guidelines continue to be updated regularly and are considered among the best guidelines available. The guidelines stipulate whether a woman with node-negative breast cancer should, after surgery, receive tamoxifen, chemotherapy, neither (as is the case for women at low risk of recurrence), or both, depending on her risk.
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