When Breast-Conserving Surgery Doesn't Work the First Time

Paul S. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACP


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In this study, one in five women with breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving surgery required reoperation. The authors' explanation for the higher rate of reoperation with carcinoma in situ (30%) is that these tumors are harder to localize preoperatively and often are multifocal. These findings should be helpful in guiding treatment decisions in women with breast cancer who are considering breast-conserving surgery.