Dose-intensive chemo cuts breast cancer deaths

Meta-analysis finds two ways of raising the dose are both better than standard care

Giving adjuvant chemotherapy more frequently or giving drugs sequentially, rather than together, in early breast cancer reduces recurrence and mortality rates, a meta-analysis suggests.

Woman having chemo

The findings come from a study that aimed to determine whether increasing dose intensity improved patient outcomes.

The researchers, from the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group, examined data on 37,000 women, who were mostly younger than 70 with node positive disease, from 26 randomised controlled trials