Founder of BRECAN Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu attends the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu: “Greetings from Chicago where I attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting. The Annual Meeting brings together oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.”
Good News for Women With BreastCancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo
Many women with early-stage forms of the disease
can forego chemo, based on a test that measures the
activity of genes involved in breast cancer recurrence.
“I think this is a very significant advance,” said Dr. Larry Norton, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is not an author of the study, but his hospital participated. “I’ll be able to look people in the eye and say, ‘We analyzed your tumor, you have a really good prognosis and you actually don’t need chemotherapy.’ That’s a nice thing to be able to say to somebody.”
The findings apply to about 60,000 women a year in the United States, according to Dr. Joseph A. Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, the leader of the study.
Re: Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu writes :
“This is, indeed, a good news. It goes to buttress my gamble twenty one years ago when I strongly felt that I didn’t need chemo given the pathology report of the stage of my disease-first stage and still localized with no infiltration into the lymph node. So early detection and presentation may likely cause your escape from Chemo! It becomes imperative for us (NGOs in colab with government) to embark on aggressive campaign on early detection and presentation, educating our women for a better understanding of the nature of breast and its notoriety as a disease that progresses with time. The preponderance of late presentation in our environment is due to this lack of understanding of how breast cancer behaves. Time is now to let every Nigerian woman (and man too) know! We therefore need a nationwide structured and sustained awareness campaign. That’s, in my opinion, the entry point to surviving breast cancer”.