Although more older women get breast-conserving surgery, the gaps in the existing treatment

Of 56 725 women in the database, 59 % were treated with 41 per cent of BCS with mastectomy. BCS has been widely used in women who were younger than 70 years (odds ratio [OR] 1.37, pA new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, although breast-conserving surgery , commonly known as lumpectomy, is increasingly used for the treatment of elderly women with nonmetastatic invasive breast cancer, we are still significant socio-economic and geographical use of this type of therapy. For example, women in the Northeast and Pacific West are significantly more likely to receive BCS than those from the South and Midwest.

In the BCS, only part of the affected breast is removed, then a mastectomy is to remove all breast tissue, sometimes with other nearby tissues. In combination with radiotherapy, BCS is as effective as mastectomy for treating early invasive breast cancer. Yet, despite the large body of evidence demonstrating the efficacy of BCS, studies conducted over the past two decades have shown that less than half of patients treated surgically with nonmetastatic invasive disease received BCS.

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