Scientists find clues to predicting recurrence of breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ Healthday News) — Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having a recurrence up to 20 years later.

It has long been known that women who are successfully treated for breast cancer can still face a substantial risk of a recurrence years later. But there’s no way to zero in on which women are at high risk, and which are unlikely to see the cancer come back.

Right now, doctors can look at certain factors to get a handle on a woman’s recurrence risk, said Christina Curtis, one of the senior researchers on the new study. (…)

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