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Surgery

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Learn how genetic test results may affect medical decisions about cancer treatment.”

Mastectomy vs. lumpectomy

Because of the very high risk for a second (or third) breast cancer diagnosis, some women who are diagnosed with hereditary breast cancer choose bilateral mastectomy (surgical removal of both breasts) rather than undergoing lumpectomy and radiation. Studies have shown similar survival rates for women with BRCA mutations who undergo lumpectomy and radiation and women who undergo mastectomy. However, mutation carriers who undergo mastectomy are less likely to develop a second breast cancer.