Women with early stage breast cancer are more likely to live for a further 10 years if they have radiation rather than full amputation, according to researchers at the Dutch oncological and palliative research centre IKNL.
The researchers compared the survival rates of 37,000 women who were diagnosed with early breast cancer between 2000 and 2004.
They found three-quarters of women who underwent breast sparing surgery and had radiation were still alive after 10 years, compared with 60% of those who underwent a full mastectomy.
Most studies to date have followed breast cancer victims for five rather than 10 years.
‘Our comparison studies shows that women who have undergone breast sparing surgery followed by radiotherapy have a better survival chance than those who have had a mastectomy only,’ said Sabine Siesling, senior IKNL researcher and a professor at Twente University.
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