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Mastectomy No Better Than Lumpectomy for Women with Small Breast Tumors June 23, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.

Women with relatively small breast cancers who were treated with breast-conserving surgery plus radiation therapy were as likely to be alive and disease-free 20 years later as women treated with mastectomy (surgery to remove the affected breast), two groups of researchers report in separate studies published in the October 17, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

These results should lay to rest the long-running debate over whether mastectomy is better than breast-conserving surgery, comments Monica Morrow, M.D., of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in an accompanying editorial.

“The failure to observe a survival advantage of mastectomy after 20 years should convince even the most determined skeptics that mastectomy is not superior to breast conservation for the treatment of breast cancer,” Morrow writes. Read More….


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