Breast cancer patients who don't have mastectomy likely to survive

Breast cancer

"Our findings support the notion that less invasive treatment can provide superior survival to mastectomy in stage one or stage two breast cancer," lead researcher Dr E Shelley Hwang, of the Duke Cancer Institute in North Carolina, said.

"Given the recent interest in mastectomy to treat early stage breast cancers, despite the research supporting lumpectomy, our study sought to further explore outcomes of breast-conserving treatments in the general population comparing outcomes between younger and older women," Hwang said.

The study was published in the journal Cancer.

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