Patients choosing double mastectomy don't have better survival rates: study

September 2, 2014 8:16 PM

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The number of women choosing to undergo a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis is on the rise, new research reveals. But a second study also finds that women who choose to have both breasts removed survive about as long as patients who choose less-invasive lumpectomy surgery instead.

In two studies published in JAMA, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California looked at nearly 190,000 California patients diagnosed with cancer in one breast between 1998 and 2011 to see which treatment options they chose and how they ...

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