Many Tests Follow Surgery for Early Breast Cancer

April 13, 2012


Women who have early breast tumors surgically removed may often go through repeat mammograms and invasive procedures for years afterward, a new study finds.

The study focused on so-called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS -- abnormal cells in the milk ducts that are considered the earliest stage of breast cancer.

The most common treatment is breast-conserving surgery, where the surgeon removes only the abnormal tissue and avoids a mastectomy (removal of the breast).

In the new study, researchers found that of nearly 3,000 women who had the surgery, two-thirds ended up having at least one more invasive procedure over the next decade -- usually a biopsy to remove abnormal tissue in the same breast... Read More