Women who undergo surgery for breast cancer generally need to have another operation on their breast. If a breast cancer patient gets a part of her breast removed, but not the whole breast, she is quite likely to need another operation. This was the finding of a study on breast cancer treatment conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
According to Ramsey Cutes of Cancer Research UK, a breast cancer surgeon in the University of Southampton, patients are always informed about the possibility of further operations before performing the surgery. This is because the patients need to be fully aware of the pros and cons of the surgery. The aim of these additional operations after breast-conserving surgery is lessen the chances of the cancer’s recurrence, so that the patient has a better chance of survival from the disease.
The incidence of breast cancer recurrence is also reduced by therapies such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Dr Cutes said that it is important that high risk of breast cancer recurrence is identified better so that only those patients are selected for reoperation that truly stand to benefit from it.
Some risk factors for breast cancer include:
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