12 July 2012
Macmillan responds to the BMJ research into re-operation rates after breast conserving surgery.
Dr Siobhan McClelland, Head of Evidence at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Nobody wants to go through the emotional strain of unnecessary surgery or mastectomies. This is why breast conserving surgery has become more popular. But it is essential that oncologists ensure that breast cancer patients are made aware of all of their treatment options and their possible results before any decision is made.
“However, this research should not undermine what the surgeons are doing – it also shows that 80% of breast conserving surgery is successful.”
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Sarah Whiteley, Assistant Press and Media Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4933 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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