Mayo Clinic researchers studying endometrial cancer have found that patients at risk for relapse based on identified risk factors had a 46 percent probability of experiencing recurrence within five years despite treatment with state-of-the-art therapy.
The studys findings are important for women deemed at risk because they might need additional treatment, which physicians should consider in their treatment plans for their patients, says Karl Podratz, M.D., Ph.D., the studys lead researcher.
The risk factors the researchers identified were specific characteristics of tissues that had been removed during surgery and were analyzed by microscope. Researchers also said risk factors included whether the tumors were confined to the uterus or if the disease had spread outside the uterus.
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