Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Surgery and Menstrual Cycle Should Coincide

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Surgery and Menstrual Cycle Should Coincide

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Surgery and Menstrual Cycle Should Coincide

ALBANY, N.Y.: Women of child-bearing age who have surgery for breast cancer have a far greater chance of survival if their surgery is timed to a particular point in their menstrual cycle, a new study has found.

The study, which was published in the English medical journal The Lancet (10/21/89), found that women whose surgery is performed near the midpoint of their menstrual cycle -- a week to each side of ovulation -- have a four to five times greater chance of surgical cure of breast cancer than do women who are operated on during or nearer to their menstrual period.

These findings were reported by William J.M. Hrushesky, M.D., professor of medicine and microbiology/immunobiology at the Albany Medical Center.

The medical researchers followed 44 women of child-bearing age for 12 years after their breast cancer surgery.

The researchers controlled for other factors that can also influence whether a woman's breast cancer recurs, such as tumor size and whether or not the woman received follow-up chemotherapy. …

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