Less-Invasive Mastectomy Safe for Many Women with Breast Cancer

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Research presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons showed that a nipple-sparing mastectomy is a safe option for some patients. Nipple-sparing mastectomy removes breast tissue, but leaves the skin, nipple and areola in place so they can immediately reconstruct the breast. There has been an ongoing debate whether removing a smaller quantity of breast tissue for cosmetic reasons will compromise the chances for a long term cure. This research helps resolve the debate.

Some patients don’t fare as well with nipple-sparing mastectomy, including women who are recent or current smokers, the study showed. In addition, undergoing radiation before the surgery increased the rate of complications and breast reconstruction failure.

Read the full story from Everyday Health.

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