Women with early-stage breast cancer who received lumpectomy and radiation therapy had a 94% survival rate after 10 years, compared with a 90% survival rate for women who had mastectomy alone and 83% for women who had mastectomy plus radiotherapy, researchers report in the journal JAMA Surgery. Other studies have shown equivalent survival rates in mastectomy and lumpectomy patients. "I think the main thing is to have good discussion with your breast surgeon and even the multi-disciplinary (treatment) team so that you have the best chance of getting the optimal treatment," said plastic surgeon Shailesh Agarwal, the study's lead author.

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