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Angiosarcoma After Breast Radiation — Risk is Low, but Real

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  
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Angiosarcoma After Breast Radiation — Risk is Low, but Real

After radiotherapy for breast cancer, approximately one in 1000 women will go on to develop radiotherapy-associated angiosarcoma (RAAS), and surgery alone is sufficient to treat the disease in most cases.

These findings come from the largest single cohort to date to study this development, published as a research letter in JAMA Oncology on January 24.

"As clinicians, we should be aware of the fact that there is a risk for an angiosarcoma, that it does not occur in patients who do not receive radiation, and that we should inform patients before radiotherapy about this rare, but serious, late complication," commented lead author Anouk J. M. Rombouts, MD, department of surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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