It is advisable for women to make sure that they are consistently checking their chest and underarm area to make sure that they are very familiar with how they feel. The benefit of this is that any unusual changes in that area become much easier to spot at a very early stage.
Even with those that check themselves often, it is still possible to go in for a routine check and find that your physician has unsettling news. The discovery of a lump can be very scary and what happens after one is discovered can be a woman’s most challenging span of time.
Breast-conserving surgery for early stage [email protected] cancers may result in better survival than mastectomy, according to a new study.
For those with early stage breast cancer, “lumpectomy is just as effective if not more effective than mastectomy,” said researcher Dr. Shelley Hwang, chief of [email protected] surgery at Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C.
“There are lots of women who think the more [treatment]they do, the better they will do,” she said. “This refutes that.”
The findings, published online Jan. 28 in the journal Cancer, are especially strong for women over 50 with hormone-sensitive cancers, the researchers found.
Earlier research had also concluded that the two procedures are similarly effective, but Hwang’s is a more “real-world” study.
Hwang’s team looked at 14 years of data from the California Cancer Registry, following more than 112,000 women with early stage [email protected] cancer (stages 1 or 2) between 1990 and 2004. Ages ranged from 39 to 80.
More than half (55 percent) had lumpectomy and radiation, while 45 percent had mastectomy (complete [email protected] removal) alone.
Hwang compared lumpectomy and radiation with mastectomy alone, not mastectomy plus radiation. “We wanted to look at early stage disease, and those patients typically don’t get radiation after mastectomy,” she said.
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