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Cancer blog: Women with breast implants may choose breast conserving surgery

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Nov 26, 2005

Women with breast implants may choose breast conserving surgery

Women with breast implants may choose breast conserving surgery
It was previously thought that women who have breast implants in place may have to undergo mastectomy because of poor cosmetic results associated with lumpectomy. This belief stems from an older study, which showed poor cosmetic results in women with breast implants after radiation therapy. A new larger study challenges this belief and reassures women with breast implants that they may undergo breast-conserving surgery as well. This study was recently presented at the recent meeting of American Society for Therapeutic Radiology at Denver.

This option is very important as more and more women today are opting to have cosmetic breast implants. As women age, their risk of breast cancer increases, so a fraction of these women will eventually develop breast cancer. These are the patients who would be most interested in preserving their breasts and avoiding mastectomy.

"Past research was based on a small sample of patients and older radiation techniques," said Rosalyn Morrell, M.D., lead author of this Mayo Clinic study. "Therefore, we investigated a larger group of women treated with radiation using newer techniques that refuted the reports of poor cosmetic outcome among patients."

Between 1994 and 2004, researchers reviewed the records of 26 breast cancer patients with previously augmented breasts who were treated with breast conservation surgery and radiation at the Mayo Clinic. Eighty-five percent of patients followed over a three-year period had favorable cosmetic results following radiation therapy. None of the patients in the study suffered a relapse of their cancer.

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