Survival after lumpectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis continues to be promising according to a new study. According to an online article women with early breast cancers could have a better chance of survival with lumpectomy combined with radiation therapy than mastectomy alone according to a new analysis published in the Journal Cancer. It was not determined why women who had mastectomy had a higher risk of dying according to Shelley Hwang of the Duke Cancer Institute in the US. The discovery provides confidence in the effectiveness of lumpectomy treatments even for women who have aggressive early breast cancers. The study is effective because there’s been a growing tendency for women who were diagnosed with breast cancer to opt for mastectomy even if they have early and small cancers. The researchers suggest that there are specific groups of women, including those who are younger and better-off who are leaning towards mastectomy over lumpectomy to increase their chances of survival. The authors conclude that the study should reassure women in every age group and tumor types that lumpectomy continues to be a viable choice for women with small early breast cancers. For the study,Hwang and colleagues reviewed over 112,000 cases of stage I and stage II breast cancer diagnosis in California women between 1990 and 2004 who had either of mastectomy or lumpectomy combined with radiation therapy and were followed up to 2009. Over the entire study, women who had lumpectomy combined with radiation therapy were more likely to survive breast cancer than those who had a mastectomy. A major concern women have we choosing treatment options is the likelihood of recurrence of cancer. The perception is that it is less likely to recur following a mastectomy. The study proves that this is not the case. Dr. Seify encourages patients who choose lumpectomy to be encouraged concerning their options for breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction options can range from the addition of an implant all the way to that transfer. Dr. Seify will work closely with all treating physicians to help patients determine which overall treatment plans will work best for them. These decisions include not only the best treatment long-term but also the best options for breast reconstruction help patients return to as much normalcy as possible. Dr. Seify encourages patients to contact his office and schedule a consultation if they have been given a breast cancer diagnosis.
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