Study: Bone Drug Boosts Breast Cancer Survival


December 9, 2011

USA Today

SAN ANTONIO – Doctors were mostly hoping to prevent complications and relapses when they gave young women a medicine to keep their bones strong during breast cancer treatment. Seven years later, they found it did more than that: The bone drug improved survival, as much as many chemotherapies do.

The study found a 37 percent lower risk of death among women who received the bone drug, Zometa. In absolute terms, it meant that 4 to 5 more women out of every 100 were alive seven years later.

It's especially impressive considering that the women took the drug, given as an infusion every six months, for only three years... Read More