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Breast cancer survival 'increased' by beta-blockers

1st June 2011

Two preliminary studies have found that women with breast cancer who take common blood pressure drugs may have better odds of surviving the disease.

In one study, which looked at records for 1,400 women treated for breast cancer with chemotherapy and surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, women taking drugs known as beta-blockers survived longer without seeing the tumour return than those not on the medication.

In recent work at St George’s University of London, UK researchers found similar survival rates among breast cancer patients taking beta-blockers than those taking other blood pressure medications.

 

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