More patients with invasive breast cancer opting for double mastectomies
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Women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer have a number of surgical options. They can have breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) with radiation, a unilateral (single) mastectomy to remove only the tissue from the cancerous breast, or a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), which removes both breasts. A new study finds that more women are opting for CPM, yet overall survival for these patients is not increasing. (5/3/2016)

Expert Guidelines

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) develops practice guidelines for breast surgery.

ASBRrS recommendations for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM):

ASBrS convened a panel of experts to develop guidelines on contralateral mastectomy. The ASBrS recommended the following: 

CPM should be considered for those at significant risk of CBC

CPM can be considered for those at lower risk of CBC

CPM may be considered for other reasons

CPM should be discouraged

These guidelines are up to date as of 10/10/19. 


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