Mastectomy Not First Choice for Most Breast Cancer Patients

"Patients and surgeons can discuss the options, and together they will make the best decision for that woman," she said.

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The U.S. National Research Center for Women and Families has more about surgical options for early-stage breast cancer.

SOURCES: Monica Morrow, M.D., chief, Breast Service, Department of Surgery, and Anne Burnett Windfohr chair, clinical oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; Nora Jaskowiak, M.D., associate professor, surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, and surgical head, University of Chicago Breast Center, Chicago; Oct. 14, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association

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