Risks Outlined For Women With Breast Cancer Gene

There is good research news for women with breast cancer who carry a cancer-causing gene and are treated with breast-conserving therapy: the risk that cancer will recur in that breast is no higher than for women who don't carry that gene. But the good news is balanced by a finding that the risk of cancer in the opposite breast is increased significantly, said a report in an upcoming issue of Cancer by physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. It is a study done in the hopes of providing decision-making information for women who carry one of the BRCA cancer genes and must choose between mastectomy, removal of the entire breast, or lumpectomy, removal of just the cancer and surrounding tissue, said study author Dr. Mark Robson, an assistant attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

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