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Study: Elderly women getting breast cancer treatment that may not help in the long run

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DURHAM, N.C. (NBC) -- A study out Monday morning suggests many elderly women are getting breast cancer treatment that may not help in the long run.

Duke University researchers looked at data on more than 40,000 women over age 70 who had a lumpectomy. Researchers were interested in how many received radiation before and after a large clinical trial in 2004 that found radiation did not prolong their lives.

Before the 2004 study, 68 percent received radiation therapy. Afterward, about 61 percent continued to receive radiation.

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