Medicine

Women who undergo aggressive surgery for breast cancer may miss more work

Women who undergo aggressive surgery for breast cancer may miss more work

"We have a lot of rural areas in West Texas and providing that service for those women is a big plus, because some ladies can't drive 60 miles to get a mammogram, so we would rather take that service to them", she said.

The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) test, which samples blood or saliva, will at first be available for patients at St Mary's Hospital in London and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, but cancer charities hope it will be rolled out nationwide.

Women who received the most aggressive treatment - a double mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction surgery - were nearly eight times more likely to miss a month or more of work than women who got a lumpectomy, the study found.

In order to increase the accuracy level of gene tests for patients with BRCA mutations, Professor Evans and his team at the Manchester University Foundation Trust have been working with the Cambridge University and scholars from Europe, Australia, and USA, to test cancer samples of 60,000 women.

BRCA has been named as the "Angelina Jolie gene" after the actress divulged that she had surgery on gaining knowledge that she had up to 87% chance of enhancing breast cancer.

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A new study tracked about a thousand breast cancer patients who had jobs before their diagnosis.

"Women should start by figuring out what treatment has the best chance of curing their cancer", Hassett, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email.

And for many patients missed work meant missed income.

'BRCA1 and BRCA2 are just part of what we should be looking for when assessing risk and. we plan to incorporate screening for these new genetic markers in clinical practice within the next six months'. Afterwards, many of them also got chemotherapy or radiation to destroy any remaining abnormal cells and reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

It's this more tailored method that will help us on our mission to protect future generations'.