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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is mastectomy really necessary for a stage 2 breast cancer patient?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Depends: The choice between mastectomy (either one or both breasts) and lumpectomy depends on many factors including genetic issues, size of the cancer and of the breast, location, and many others. It is a choice to be made by both the surgeon and the patient after a thorough discussion.
Last updated Jan 21, 2014


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