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The Wall Street Journal: Cancer researchers suggest ‘less is more’ approach to treatment

Cancer researchers are increasingly exploring whether they can eliminate or scale back treatments to spare patients from tough side effects — and costs — without jeopardizing survival.

New studies suggest this “less-is-more” approach can work. One federally funded study, presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, showed that many women with early-stage breast cancer could safely skip commonly used chemotherapy after surgery. Doctors said the finding could spare tens of thousands of women from chemo side effects such as nausea and early menopause.

Another study presented at the meeting concluded that many patients with advanced kidney cancer could forgo kidney-removal surgery, a common treatment, and instead take Pfizer Inc.

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