Breast-Sparing Surgery Means More Procedures

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 6:04am

Women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who opt to preserve the affected breast face continued diagnostic and invasive procedures potentially for years after surgery, researchers found.

Over 10 years, more than 75% of women who underwent breast-conserving surgery subsequently had either a diagnostic mammogram or an invasive procedure in the same breast, Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH, of Harvard, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Most procedures occurred in the first six months after surgery, but about half of women still had a procedure during those 10 years even when that first half-year was excluded, they reported.

"The fact that women undergoing breast-conserving surgery are likely to have diagnostic and invasive breast procedures in the conserved breast over an extended period of time is important and needs to be included in discussions about treatment options," they wrote.

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