Health alert

Treatments for early stage breast cancer may be ineffective

Therese Taylor, who had a mastectomy after a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ, which she now believes was unnecessary. Michelle Siu/The New York Times

New research published on Thursday casts doubt on some of the often extreme treatments women undergo after being diagnosed with early stage, or Stage 0 as it’s often described, breast cancer. The research, based on 20 years of data that followed 100,000 women, suggests that many women may be subjecting themselves to unnecessary mastectomies or lumpectomies. Often times, women have a healthy breast — or both breasts — removed as a preventative measure, though it appears that theses measures had almost no bearing on the outcomes of the women studied in the research. The particular type of cancer researchers studied is D.C.I.S, or ductal carcinoma in situ. Several of the nation’s top oncologists, though, said the new data was not a reason to change treatment approaches yet.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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