More Women Having Double Mastectomy But Survival No Better Than Breast Conserving Surgery Plus Radiation (Radio)



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Radio script (TRT:60) September 2, 2014 VO: WOMEN DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE CANCER IN ONE BREAST CAN CHOOSE SEVERAL TREATMENTS, INCLUDING REMOVING THE CANCEROUS BREAST, REMOVING BOTH BREASTS OR HAVING BREAST CONSERVING SURGERY COMBINED WITH RADIATION. A NEW STUDY EXAMINED THE USE OF THESE DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR WOMEN IN CALIFORNIA AND WHETHER THERE WERE ANY DIFFERENCES IN THEIR SURVIVAL. “The rates of double mastectomy have increased at a rate of 14 percent a year and even more so in young women diagnosed under the age of 40. What we don’t know is what happens to those women afterward and whether they gain any benefit in terms of survival.” VO: DR. ALLISON KURIAN (KER-EE-ANN) FROM STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND CO-AUTHORS EXAMINED THE RECORDS OF 189,000 WOMEN INCLUDED IN A STATEWIDE DATABASE. THESE WOMEN UNDERWENT A SINGLE MASTECTOMY, DOUBLE MASTECTOMY OR BREAST CONSERVING SURGERY WITH RADIATION. THE STUDY APPEARS IN JAMA, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. “There was no significant difference in mortality among the women who had double mastectomy compared to the much simpler breast conserving surgery with radiation. The women that had the single mastectomy did have worse survival than the other groups of women.” CATHERINE DOLF, THE JAMA REPORT.
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