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    Breast-Conserving Therapy Better Than Mastectomy?
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    Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
    A large study suggests that women with early breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving therapy live longer than those who have a mastectomy.



    About 93% of 62,770 women who had lumpectomy followed by radiation were alive more than four years after diagnosis.

    Studies done over two decades ago established breast-conserving therapy (BCT) as a standard option for women with early breast cancer, showing it worked just as well as mastectomy.

    Since then, other studies suggested that women who have not yet reached menopause and whose tumors are not fueled by hormones may be slightly more likely to have a recurrence if they have breast-conserving therapy than if they have mastectomy.


    You can read the full article on Breast Conserving Therapy vs Mastecomy here, then please come back and share your thoughts with us below!


    Thanks!


    Andie
     
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    mhall6252 responded:
    I guess I made the right decision. It didn't seem to make sense to "throw out the baby with the bath water". If I were younger, it might have been a different decision - I am 60 so lumpectomy was right for me.

    Michelle


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