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For early breast cancer, lumpectomy is at least as good as mastectomy

Posted January 29, 2013, 2:24 pm Howard LeWine, M.D., Chief Medical Editor, Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications When it comes to fighting cancer, “get it out” is a common and understandable response. It’s what prompts some women with early-stage breast cancer to choose mastectomy, an operation to remove the entire affected breast. Results from the largest-ever observational study offers reassurance to women who choose a more conservative approach—removal of just the tumor and some…

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