Help for breast cancer patients
Each year some 106,000 U.S. women learn that they have breast cancer. Thanks to improved public awareness, most of them make this discovery while the cancer is still confined to the breast. Following prompt treatment, usually a mastectomy, chances of survival are good: 85% of the women are alive five years later. But for too many women, the cancer is discovered after it has spread to the lymph nodes. By then the odds for survival are nowhere near as high. Even with chemotherapy the cancer often recurs.