New study looks at waiting time for breast cancer surgery
May 27, 2011
New research shows that taking some time before performing breast cancer surgery does not increase the risks of the disease progressing, according to a recent report from Reuters.
"Clearly, rapid treatment is desirable," said Dr. Funda Meric-Bernstam, the senior researcher at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "However, taking a few weeks to coordinate care is safe. It's very unlikely there will be tumor progression."
The extra time, about a few weeks, can allow for a second doctor's opinion and ensure the safety of performing surgery, given other health concerns.
The new research was published in the Annals of Surgery and collected data from 818 different women.
Breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 200,000 new female patients each year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. All women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms, reports the ACS. The illness affects about one in eight American women at some time in her life, according to BreastCancer.org.