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Women who are treated for breast cancer with a mastectomy alone faced an increased risk of the cancer returning. Thus, the recommendation is that chemotherapy should be combined with a mastectomy to reduce chances of the cancer returning. Another risk factor for return of cancer was the presence of lymph nodes in the armpit.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters
About: Mastectomy-only raises risk of breast cancer recurrence
Date: 18 October 2004
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