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“This study, the largest of its kind, demonstrates that women who are felt to be amenable to [tissue removal] by their surgeons can have a lumpectomy and radiotherapy to the breast, and have an equivalent outcome as mastectomy,” Bleicher said.

The researchers said previous studies have shown a link between breast conservation and higher quality of life because of better body image and greater satisfaction with treatment.

“Many surgeons may not do breast conservation for patients with large tumors, even when their breast size is generous enough to accommodate such a large tumor removal,” Bleicher said. “We now have data demonstrating that breast conservation appears safe and should remain an option when the surgeon feels that the patient’s breast size can accommodate the [tissue removal].”


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