askST: Can breast cancer patients avoid chemotherapy?

Study shows that the treatment is not needed after surgery in some early-stage cases

Hundreds of breast cancer patients each year in Singapore will be able to avoid chemotherapy when having their condition treated. And that is just at the National Cancer Centre Singapore alone.

This estimate, by Dr Yap Yoon Sim, senior consultant at the centre's division of medical oncology, comes after findings from a US study published recently showed that some early-stage breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy after surgery.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'US findings may help breast cancer patients here avoid chemo'. Print Edition | Subscribe