A new study out of Duke University finds women who have early stage breast cancer have better survival rates with lumpectomies and radiation -- than they do with mastectomies.
50-year-old Toni Spring was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.
She decided on a lumpectomy ... a simpler operation than removing her breast.
Very happy with the choice.
Because I didn't have to stay in the hospital for longer than the surgery and a couple hours after recovery.
Women who are on the fence about it, women as they make their own decisions, this will support them in the idea that this is a very good treatment option for them.
Previous research showed the two operations produced the same results.
This is the first study to say lumpectomies with radiation can actually be a better option over the last decade more women are opting to have their entire breasts removed.
This study may reverse that trend.
I think sometimes patients think because mastectomy is a bigger operation, that it means it's better treatment.
Experts say factors like tumor size and family history should be considered when choosing a treatment.
Toni Spring went to three doctors, the first two recommended she have one or both breasts removed.
She was relieved to find out a lumpectomy could be just as effective.
It made me feel very empowered that I really had a decision where before I didn't think I had such a decision.
She says if her cancer comes back she can have a mastecomy if she needs one.
Reseachers looked at more than 100-thousand breast cancer patients with at least five years follow up.