Breast Cancer Patients Get Longer Radiation Than Necessary

Women 50 or older who have lumpectomies for small breast tumors are being given follow-up radiation treatment that lasts nearly twice as long as guidelines recommend, new research finds. Even more disturbing, the decision to stick with the longer, more expensive treatment may be because it’s more profitable for radiation-treatment centers, a study coauthor contends. Radiation, which is standard treatment after surgery for early-stage breast cancer tumors, is used to kill any cancer cells remaining after surgery. It usually involves …

The Takeaway: For Your Consideration

The death of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was huge news last week. By this point you’ve read obits, appreciations and remembrances from every major news outlet. As much as you love her, you might be, as one colleague put it, “All Taylored-out.” But allow us to offer one more Taylor appreciation. It offers a rare look inside the life of what some call “The Last Movie Star.” Others You May Have Missed The world of politics lost a pioneer in …