Virginia Commonwealth University-led Study Offers Mastectomy Alternative for Patients with Recurrent Breast Cancer

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A study led by doctors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) could make way for a medical breakthrough for patients with reoccuring breast cancer and who want to save their breast. Until now, the standard treatment when breast cancer comes back has been a mastectomy. 

Doctors found that if the patient has a second lumpectomy and then treated a small portion of the breast with external beams of radiation they could target the tumor and avoid exposing surrounding tissue and organs. The breast could be preserved 90% of the time, controlling the cancer 95% of the time in the study. 

The results of the study were recently published in JAMA Oncology.

Read the full story from WRIC ABC 8 News

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