March 24, 2009 --
A new study confirms what many doctors have believed: younger women are more apt to have their breast cancer recur. The study found, not only is that likely to happen to women with breast cancer who are 35 years or younger, but that the likelihood of recurrence is influenced by the type of treatment they received.
The disease was less likely to recur in young women who had mastectomy plus radiation than in young women who had mastectomy alone or breast conserving therapy.
Scientists say the data supports consideration of chemotherapy for all patients.
The study appears in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.