Thursday, 31 January 2013

Survival is better after lumpectomy than mastectomy in early breast cancer

Survival is better in lumpectomy than mastectomy in early breast cancer. BMJ, 2013, 346:1577.

Mayor, S.

Women with early stage breast cancer who are treated with lumpectomy and radiotherapy have significantly better survival than women who have a mastectomy, a retrospective study of US data has found. Researchers analyzed data in the California cancer registry from all 112 154 women in the state who had been given a diagnosis of early stage, invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 2004 and who were treated with either lumpectomy and radiotherapy or mastectomy and were followed to December 2009.