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publication date: May 2, 2016
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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Researchers: Radiation After Surgery Benefits Older Patients More than Younger Patients

 

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that radiation therapy following surgery benefits older patients more than younger patients when treating soft tissue sarcomas.

The study, published in the journal Anticancer Research, used data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program to assess whether radiation treatments after surgery improved disease-specific and overall survival in patients with non-metastatic sarcomas. Researchers found that radiation did increase survival compared to surgery alone, but the improvements mostly benefited patients 65 and older.



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