Results of a new study may help women diagnosed with Breast Cancer feel better about their treatment options. The study compared long-term survival rates among women who chose Lumpectomy and Mastectomy. Until now, there has been little or no information about survival rates past 15 years. But now, researchers followed-up on nearly 250 patients with stage one and two Breast Cancer who were part of a study comparing the two treatments.
Now at nearly 18 and a half years after the study, the survival rates are nearly the same. Researchers say the findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that a less invasive option can be just as effective in treatment breast cancer.
A second study released found women who had regular mammograms were more likely to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer early and were offered more treatment options, including procedures like Lumpectomy.
The study was conducted by the Radiation Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute and is being presented at study presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's annual meeting in New Orleans.