Research suggests mastectomy when breast cancer returns

October 20, 2008 2:55:08 PM PDT
When breast cancer returns women are being advised to think twice about the treatment they choose. Researchers say, if breast cancer comes back after a woman has already had a lumpectomy, a mastectomy is the beast treatment to increase survival rates.

Scientists reporting in the American Journal of Surgery say they were surprised to learn that so many women in their study had received another lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy.

They say the 5-year survival rate was 67 percent for women who had a lumpectomy compared with 78 percent for those who had a mastectomy.