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BRCA mutations don't hurt breast cancer survival

Women who have BRCA mutations do as well after treatment for breast cancer as other patients, British researchers reported Thursday. It’s good news for people with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations that raise their risk of cancer. If they get cancer and have standard treatment, they live as long as breast cancer patients without the mutation. And they usually don’t need extra surgery, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet Oncology. “Women diagnosed with early breast cancer who carry a BRCA mutation are often offered double mastectomies soon after their diagnosis or chemotherapy treatment,” said Diana Eccles of the University of Southampton ...