Friday, March 21, 2014

Lumpectomy better than mastectomy

MEDPAGE TODAY – Mar. 21, 2014 – An analysis of 132,149 women treated for early stage breast cancer shows that those treated with breast-conserving surgery had a 30 percent better five- and 10-year survival compared to women who had mastectomy. The difference rose to 47 percent when radiation was added to breast-conserving surgery. The study by researchers at the University of Utah analyzed data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program from 1998 to 2008. They published their report in  JAMA Surgery.

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