Breast cancer surgery

The timing of surgery for breast cancer may impact the survival rate according to a study from Guy’s Hospital in London. They observed that surgery performed before day three or after day 12 of the menstrual cycle increased the survival rate in premenopausal women.

Over 100 breast cancer patients were followed over a ten year period. Those whose surgery had been performed during the luteal phase (the last two weeks of a woman’s cycle) had a 75 percent survival rate; those whose surgery was done during the follicular phase (between day three and twelve of the menstrual cycle) had a survival rate of only 45 percent. (Cancer 86(10)2053-8, 1999)
Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

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