Breast Cancer Survival Rates No Better After Bilateral Mastectomy

Breast Cancer Survival Rates No Better After Bilateral Mastectomy
Bilateral MastectomyResearchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California have discovered that breast cancer patients treated with lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy have the same survival rate as patients who had bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts). This surgical technique is increasingly used to treat unilateral breast cancer, giving rise to medical and psychosocial complications. As such, the need for a better understanding of its use and outcomes is essential towards optimization of cancer care. In a study entitled “Use of and Mortality After Bilateral Mastectomy Compared With Other Surgical Treatments for Breast Cancer in California, 1998-2011” and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers compared the use of and mortality after bilateral mastectomy, lumpectomy (the selective removal of cancerous tissue within the breast) plus radiation, and unilateral mastectomy (the removal of the affected breast). “Given the recent attention around bilateral mastectomies, we wanted to know whether there are particular types of patients likely to receive a bilateral mastectomy. And, secondly, are there relative differences in mortality among the three procedures? We
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