Monday, July 17, 2017

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Has Low Rate of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Study investigators say most women with breast cancer are eligible for this type of mastectomy, which leaves the natural nipple in place

Women with breast cancer who undergo nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM) have a low rate of the cancer returning within the first five years, when most recurrences in the breast are diagnosed, findings of a single-center study show. The new study, published as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication, found an overall 5.5 percent recurrence rate among 311 operations at a median (midrange) follow-up of 51 months, with no recurrence involving the retained nipple.

Link to full American College of Surgeons release on study led by MGH investigator Barbara Smith.

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