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The chances of surviving early breast cancer are the same for women who have a lumpectomy| followed by radiotherapy, as for women who have a mastectomy|. So you may be asked to choose the treatment that you feel suits you best.
Making treatment decisions can be difficult. It’s important to talk everything over with your surgeon, breast care nurse and your partner, family or a close friend. Make sure you have all the information you need to feel confident you’re making the right decision for you.
You may find our information on Making treatment decisions| helpful.
The BresDex website| is for women who have early breast cancer and have been given a choice between a lumpectomy with radiotherapy and a mastectomy. You may also find it helpful to call the Macmillan Support Line| or another support organisation|.
It’s helpful to think about the possible advantages and disadvantages of both of these treatments before making a decision.
Content last reviewed: 1 August 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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