How Does Lumpectomy Compare to Mastectomy for Early Invasive Breast Cancer?

For women with a choice in early breast cancer treatment, lumpectomy plus radiation therapy (lumpectomy + RT) is considered as effective as mastectomy. When you’re making an informed decision on whether to have lumpectomy + RT or mastectomy, it’s important to explore the issues related to each treatment option.

The newest Komen Perspectives article discusses the differences between lumpectomy and mastectomy, when lumpectomy + RT is an option, as well as the risks and benefits of the two. We hope you’ll take a minute to read more.

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Susan G. Komen has written 289 articles for Susan G. Komen® | Blog

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

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