Undated (WXOW) - For decades doctors believed that early-stage breast cancer responded
equally well to mastectomy, surgical removal of the entire breast, or lumpectomy, the removal of the tumor only, followed by radiation.
Now a study in the journal "Cancer" seems to indicate the lumpectomy with radiation option is actually better.
Researchers followed almost 113,000 women with stage one or stage two breast cancer for at least 5 years after their diagnosis and treatment.
Those treated with lumpectomy and radiation had a13 percent lower mortality from breast cancer and a 19 percent overall lower mortality rate
The benefit was greatest to women age 50 and older at the time of diagnosis.
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