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Thorough cancer surgery may make radiation unnecessary

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 22 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1369
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Women who undergo localised breast surgery for the removal of a common form of non-invasive breast carcinoma may have their need for follow up radiotherapy eliminated if surgeons remove an extra centimetre of tissue around the cancer, according to a new study (New England Journal of Medicine 1999;340:1455-61). Ductal carcinoma in situ, an abnormal growth of cells inside milk ducts that is non-invasive and unlikely to recur if completely excised, was studied.

    Dr Melvin J Silverstein …

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