Adjunct radiotherapy 'improves DCIS outcomes'

Long-term follow-up shows that the benefits of radiotherapy wane after the first decade

New research helps clarify the long-term risk for invasive breast cancer in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who opt for breast-conserving surgery alone or with radiotherapy. 

woman in pink top wearing pink ribbon to denote breast cancer

The study suggests that surgery for DCIS followed by radiotherapy reduces the odds of cancer initially but this benefit diminishes over time, compared with surgery alone. 

The findings were presented during the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC12) by Dr Maartje van Seijen of the Netherlands