A 32-year-old member asked:
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if a woman is being treated for breast cancer, are her breasts most often removed?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not necessarily: Whether or not a mastectomy is recommended depends on many factors to include breast cancer type and stage.
Answered on Jun 9, 2014
Dr. Winnie Polen
20 years experience Breast Surgery
No: We surgeons work very hard to preserve a woman's breasts. The standard of care for an early stage breast cancer is a lumpectomy, which means removal of the cancer with preservation of the rest of the breast, followed by radiation treatment and possible adjuvant hormonal therapy.
Answered on May 24, 2016

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