Research Shows Lumpectomy is Safe For Early Stage Breast CancerThe Breast Cancer Site
Breast cancer treatment procedures differ for each patient. Many women opt to get a single or double mastectomy to limit the chance of the tumor returning or spreading to other parts of the body. However, new research shows that a lumpectomy procedure, a type of breast conservation therapy (BCT), is a safe option for those with early stage breast cancer, according to Reuters.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Utah. Researchers explained that those who underwent BCT had a higher survival rate when compared to the patients who had a mastectomy alone or a mastectomy with radiation.
More than 132,000 patients were studied in the analysis, and the research revealed those who had BCT had a 94 percent survival rate after 10 years compared to those who had a mastectomy alone, which is 90 percent.
According to Breastcancer.org, lumpectomy surgery removes only the tumor and the surrounding tissue. Most breast cancer patients receive five to seven weeks radiation therapy after the breast conservation procedure is completed.