7 doctors weighed in:

What are the chances of the cancer coming back if I had breast-sparing surgery with radiation?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: About 1 in 12

On average, ten years after breast-sparing surgery and radiation, 1 in 12 women will have a local recurrence (a cancer that comes back in the same breast.
) the good news: even if you have such a recurrence, you are no more likely to die of breast cancer than women who had a mastectomy.

In brief: About 1 in 12

On average, ten years after breast-sparing surgery and radiation, 1 in 12 women will have a local recurrence (a cancer that comes back in the same breast.
) the good news: even if you have such a recurrence, you are no more likely to die of breast cancer than women who had a mastectomy.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
Thank
2 comments
Dr. Barry Rosen
The chance of DISTANT recurrence (metastases) is the same with mastectomy or breast sparing surgery.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Most LOCAL recurrences occur in the first few years; we advise mammograms every 6 mo. for 2 yrs.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Low

If you had breast sparing surgery and just radiation most likely you had early stage breast cancer with favorable factors, negative lymph nodes etc.
That did not require chemotherapy. There is a good chance 80-90% chance of disease not to come back. You may also be getting anti estrogen therapy that can even improve the odds up to 95% control.

In brief: Low

If you had breast sparing surgery and just radiation most likely you had early stage breast cancer with favorable factors, negative lymph nodes etc.
That did not require chemotherapy. There is a good chance 80-90% chance of disease not to come back. You may also be getting anti estrogen therapy that can even improve the odds up to 95% control.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
29 years in practice
938K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors