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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Needham woman receiving new cancer drug


A Needham breast cancer patient is receiving a new drug that is the equivalent of having an ovary removed, but with one big difference - she may still be able to have children.

Every month, Robin Khadduri receives a shot of a drug that blocks testosterone. Recent studies have shown the drug, often used to treat prostate cancer, can improve the survival odds for women with breast cancer.

The big plus with the drug, the Associated Press reports in a story in the News Tribune of LaSalle, Ill., is that, unlike ovary removal, it is not permanent, preserving a woman's ability to have children later.

-- Erica Tochin

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