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Early Stage Breast Cancer: Single Mastectomy Better than Double?

Summary: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy?
Air Date: 10/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Nicolas Ajkay, MD, FACS
Nicolas Ajkay Dr. Nicolas Ajkay is a fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist and assistant professor of surgeryat the University of Louisville school of medicine.

His clinical practice and research interests are devoted to the surgical treatment of breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. He completed his Gen. surgery training at the University of Kentucky and a breast surgical oncology Fellowship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia.
Early Stage Breast Cancer: Single Mastectomy Better than Double?
According to new research, a single mastectomy might be more beneficial than a double mastectomy for young women who have early-stage breast cancer.

More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are opting to have both breasts removed as a precautionary measure. In fact, a 2014 study published in JAMA Surgery found that double mastectomy increased from 1.9 percent in 1998 to 11.2 percent in 2011.

Despite this drastic increase, certain studies have found that having a double mastectomy does not improve survival rates.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy?

Nicolas Ajkay, MD, FACS, shares whether a double or single mastectomy is best for the early stages of breast cancer.

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