ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium

Young Patients Are Served Equally Well by Lumpectomy or Mastectomy

Caroline Helwick

December 2011, Vol 2, No 7 - ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium

San Francisco, CA—Breast cancer in women under age 40 years is often considered a more aggressive disease than in older women, and this often leads clinicians to recommend mastectomy over breast-conserving therapy (BCT), that is, lumpectomy or radiation. However, 2 studies presented at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium suggest that younger age in itself is not a reason for mastectomy.

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