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Review confirms lumpectomy as safe as mastectomy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1451

A worldwide review of randomised controlled trials of treatment of early breast cancer has confirmed that lumpectomy is as safe as mastectomy. The review, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirms the findings of a large randomised controlled trial published in the journal in 1985. This multicentre trial, organised by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project in the United States, was influential in the move away from mastectomy as the main …

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