A new study may give younger women new hope in choosing a less aggressive surgical option to treat breast cancer. It removes part of the breast instead of the entire breast.
In this respect, Dr. Karissa Boyd of Topeka’s Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center says that many women have an anxiety when they are diagnosed with breast cancer which immediately makes them want to remove the whole breast because they think that is the best chance the cancer will not return.
However, results of a new study presented last month, show taht taking the aggressive approach does not make a difference. It looked at nearly 15,000 women under the age of 40 diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and compared those who had a mastectomy — removing the entire breast – versus lumpectomy – removing just the affected area- followed by radiation.
Boyd said the study showed that during the time of recurrence rate and survival are equal. Boyd says it’s important, because the mastectomy tends to have a longer recovery time, requires the sewer system and other measures.
However, concern for the lumpectomy, the cancerous tumor that have clearly defined margins. Boyd said surgeons want to two millimeters of the tumor and cancer-free tissue to remove it. Most important, she said, removing all the cancer cells and the patient followed with radiation. She says the therapy usually includes five days a week for 6 weeks.
Despite the commitment, Boyd said, for them to hold the psychological advantage of a woman in her chest position on the balance in favor of lumpectomy, if there is an option. She said, look in the mirror every day and do not see the chest is a constant reminder, if women can, at times, forgetting that she had cancer.