Many breast cancer specialists said the research is far too preliminary to know whether the delivery of chemotherapy through the nipple would prove effective in large numbers of women, and whether it would have the preventive effects in women that it had in rats. However, many experts said they were interested to see future, larger studies of the treatment in women with breast cancer.
"It's a very interesting concept, but I am more skeptical of whether it will actually work," said Dr. Stefan Gluck, clinical director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. "The principle is great, and if the treatment does what the researchers say it will do, I think it will be successful."
The researchers say they now will study larger numbers of women with early stage breast cancer to determine which chemotherapy drugs are the most effective when delivered directly into the breast.