July 15, 2012- Nearly 58% of the close to 45,000 women in England who in 2008 were diagnosed with breast cancer, decided to have breast conserving surgery and not a mastectomy. A large number of studies say survival rates following breast conserving surgery along with radiation and just a mastectomy are very similar overall.
However, not every breast tumor is easily located or detected and about 20% of women, who have breast-conserving procedures must have a second procedure within 90 days, as the first one did not remove the entire tumor.
A recent study looked at adult women from 2005 to 2008 that opted for breast conserving surgery. The total number involved was 55,300. Eight-two percent of the women had invasive cancer that was isolated, while 18% required another surgery within 90 days. Twelve percent had isolated in-situ carcinoma and 29.5% required a second operation within 90 days. Six percent had the two types in-situ and invasive cancers. Close to 40% of all reoperations ended up being mastectomies.
Invasive breast cancer is where cancer cells break from the origin place they started from and at times reach lymph nodes as well as other parts in a person’s body. Non-invasive is characterized by the cells remaining inside their original origin.
The study’s researchers said that nearly 50% of all patients with breast cancer decide on breast-conserving surgeries, but close to 20% needed another surgery with just 90 days.