Dr. Harness shares if chemotherapy is less effective in young breast cancer patients.
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The Effectiveness of Chemotherapy in Young Breast Cancer Patients The answer is no. The effectiveness of breast cancer actually depends of how rapidly a cancer is growing. The more rapidly a cancer is growing, the more effective the chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is also much more effective in women who are new positive which is fortunately only about 20% or so of women, but because of the drug Herceptin and now Lopatamim, were finding these two new specific chemotherapy drugs being very effective, whether the cancer is growing rapidly or not. But usually the new positive cancers are growing rapidly. And so depending again o the stage of the patient and what else is going on with the cancer. It's important to remember that there are hundreds of different kinds of breast cancer and so the effectiveness of chemotherapy or antihormone therapy depends on the specific kind of cancer that a patient has.