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Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy

Under certain situations after a breast cancer diagnosis, you have the opportunity to choose between total removal of a breast (mastectomy) and breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation. Lumpectomy followed by radiation may be as effective as mastectomy for those with early stage breast cancer.

There are many things to consider before making your decision.  Use these websites to help guide you. You will come to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each choice, as well as what you can expect pre- and post-surgery. The last listed website helps you shape questions to ask your cancer doctors before making a final decision.

 For a thorough review of breast cancer including treatment options, use these websites: