Early Stage Breast Cancer Treatment - Two Surgeries: You Choose
For most women with early-stage invasive breast cancer, mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation are equally good options. Having one or the other makes no difference in how long you will live. Since both choices provide the same medical outcome, your choice depends on how you feel about:
- How your body looks after your surgery—your appearance
- How much time and energy your treatment involves and how much it disrupts your life
- The chance that your cancer might come back in the breast or breast area (local recurrence).
Health Dialog honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making our decision aid for Early Stage Breast Cancer available during October 2010:
This video was produced jointly by Health Dialog and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making.