Lumpectomy linked to higher survival rates for early stage breast cancer

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

A new study finds women with early stage breast cancer who undergo a lumpectomy are more likely to survive than those who opt for a mastectomy, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Researchers studied more than $100,000 women diagnosed with stage one or stage two breast cancer. They found those treated with a lumpectomy and radiation were more likely to survive than those who had a mastectomy, regardless of their age or cancer type.

A lumpectomy is significantly less invasive than a mastectomy, where the entire breast is removed.

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Duke Health: Less Invasive Treatment is Associated with Improved Survival in Early Stage Breast Cancer

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