A 35-year-old member asked:
Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Shelby Terstriep answered
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: It is reasonable but survival is equivalent with lumpectomy and radiation. A mastectomy would be recommended for inflammatory breast cancer, multiple sites of breast cancer in same breast or for those with a brca mutation. If there are not these things present it often becomes a personable decision whether to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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