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Costs of Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy

Costs of Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy Abstract To the Editor.—In the November 1986 issue of the Archives, an article1 was published concerning the greater cost of treatment of cancer of the breast with lumpectomy and irradiation (in properly selected patients) when compared with radical mastectomy. Unfortunately, the authors of the article neglected to include the cost of reconstructive plastic surgery with the cost of the mastectomy. It is not reasonable to compare lumpectomy, which leaves a far more cosmetically appealing, intact breast, with mastectomy alone, which results in deformity and psychological trauma. I am certain that if the costs of mastectomy and reconstruction were added they would be more expensive than lumpectomy and irradiation, with the procedures yielding approximately the same cosmetic results, control of the tumor, and survival rates. References 1. Muñoz E, Shamash F, Friedman M, et al: Lumpectomy vs mastectomy: The costs of breast preservation for cancer . Arch Surg 1986;121: 1297-1301.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Costs of Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy

Archives of Surgery , Volume 122 (6) – Jun 1, 1987

Costs of Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—In the November 1986 issue of the Archives, an article1 was published concerning the greater cost of treatment of cancer of the breast with lumpectomy and irradiation (in properly selected patients) when compared with radical mastectomy. Unfortunately, the authors of the article neglected to include the cost of reconstructive plastic surgery with the cost of the mastectomy. It is not reasonable to compare lumpectomy, which leaves a far more cosmetically...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1987 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1987.01400180118026
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.—In the November 1986 issue of the Archives, an article1 was published concerning the greater cost of treatment of cancer of the breast with lumpectomy and irradiation (in properly selected patients) when compared with radical mastectomy. Unfortunately, the authors of the article neglected to include the cost of reconstructive plastic surgery with the cost of the mastectomy. It is not reasonable to compare lumpectomy, which leaves a far more cosmetically appealing, intact breast, with mastectomy alone, which results in deformity and psychological trauma. I am certain that if the costs of mastectomy and reconstruction were added they would be more expensive than lumpectomy and irradiation, with the procedures yielding approximately the same cosmetic results, control of the tumor, and survival rates. References 1. Muñoz E, Shamash F, Friedman M, et al: Lumpectomy vs mastectomy: The costs of breast preservation for cancer . Arch Surg 1986;121: 1297-1301.Crossref

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1987

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