Why catching breast cancer early remains critical

DETECTING breast cancers when they are small, with no nodal involvement, is still important for patient survival, despite advances in adjuvant therapy, a large study shows.

Researchers in the Netherlands examined outcomes among more than 173,000 female patients with breast cancer, finding those diagnosed and treated in 2006—12 had better survival than those in a 1999-2005 cohort.

“Tumour size and nodal status still had a significant and major influence independent of tumour biology in the current era of more conservative surgery and the new, more effective, and widely applied systemic (neo-)adjuvant therapies,