Study: Patients May Be Too Quick To Have Double Mastectomy


November 29, 2012

Carla Fisher, MD, an assistant professor in the division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, is quoted in a Huffington Post article about a new study revealing that many breast cancer patients have their healthy breast removed along with the affected breast despite the relatively low risk of developing cancer in that healthy breast. "The risk of recurrence on the breast that had cancer, or [it] coming back elsewhere in the body from that initial cancer, is much higher than the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast," she said. "Treating the primary cancer is the most important thing, rather than treating something that may or may not happen, [which] may or may not have survival benefits down the line."

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