A new study published in the journal Cancer showed that women who opted for a lumpectomy were 13 percent more likely to survive breast cancer than those who underwent a mastectomy. For women over age 50, the survival odds were even higher at 19 percent.
“This new study may help women feel more comfortable opting for a lumpectomy than they have previously,” says Andrea Barrio, MD, breast surgeon at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Main Line Health.
Traditionally, women have opted for a mastectomy, which is the partial or complete removal of one or both breasts after a breast cancer diagnosis. Lumpectomies, however, are a procedure to remove only the affected area of the breast.
“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer may feel more comfortable getting a mastectomy because they no longer have to live with the anxiety or worry that accompanies long-term surveillance,” explains Dr. Barrio. “This study reassures women that there are other options out there.”
Still, Dr. Barrio emphasizes that your breast cancer treatment option should be something you discuss with your doctor.
“No matter what decision you ultimately make, it should be one that you and your physician are comfortable with. Do your research before making any decision,” she says.
The best way to protect yourself from breast cancer is self-examination procedures and, for women over age 40, an annual mammogram. Schedule your mammogram with a Main Line Health radiologist online or by calling 484.580.1800.