Breast Cancer Patients Opt for Mastectomy Instead of Breast-Conserving Therapy, According to Study

Breast Cancer Patients Opt for Mastectomy Instead of Breast-Conserving Therapy, According to Study
Currently, there are no approved therapies to target triple-negative breast cancer, however, novel chemotherapy strategies can reduce the size of tumors so that less breast tissue needs to be removed during surgery . Results from a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center demonstrated that breast-conserving therapy (removal of less breast tissue via a lumpectomy) was successful in more than 90% of the patients eligible for this treatment following chemotherapy. However, results from the study which were published in the Annals of Surgery, also revealed that 31% of patients chose to remove the entire breast via mastectomy. “We’ve shown that we can offer breast-conserving therapy to more women using these drug combinations, and if they convert, we’re really successful,” said senior author David Ollila, MD, James and Jesse Millis Distinguished Professor of Surgery at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, co-director of the UNC Breast Program and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in a recent news release. “We have more and more women eligible for breast preservation, and still we saw more than 30 percent of women choosing mastecto
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