Breast cancer: Time on survivors' side

August 12, 2008 2:51:08 PM PDT
Once a woman has beaten breast cancer, many still live in fear that it will return. But a new study reveals women who survive breast cancer for five years after treatment have a relatively low risk of the disease recurring. That's true even for women with serious stage-three breast cancer. They have only a 13 percent risk of the cancer returning if they survived the first five years cancer free.

Researchers surprisingly found that women who had less aggressive tumors actually had a higher risk of late recurrence than women who had higher grade tumors.

The study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute did not include some of the new treatments, such as Herceptin and the aromatase inhibitors.