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April 21, 1994
Recent disclosures that some breast cancer research results were falsified caused anger and fear among many of the millions of women who have undergone treatment for the disease. They will receive badly needed reassurance from a new study, published this week. UC Irvine researchers found that lumpectomies--in which only a cancerous tumor is removed--followed by radiation treatment are as safe and effective as mastectomies, in which the breast and the lymph nodes are removed.
March 16, 1994 | From Washington Post
Federal officials and cancer experts worked quickly to reassure American women that despite reports of fraud by one researcher in a major breast cancer study, the findings--that lumpectomy is often just as effective as complete mastectomy in early cancer cases--are still valid. Many officials also expressed astonishment that the fraud, revealed nine months ago, has now triggered a public controversy.
May 5, 2003 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Lumpectomy to remove small breast tumors is an important option for women, allowing many to survive cancer and keep their breasts. But one drawback to lumpectomy -- of which many women are unaware -- is that one-fourth to one-half of patients have to return for a second surgery to remove more tissue. Researchers say they are fast developing tools that could dramatically reduce need for a second surgery, called "re-excision."
December 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has finished her treatments for cancer and is in good health, a spokesman said. Veneman, 53, was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in September. Treatment included a lumpectomy, a breast-saving type of surgery in which doctors removed the lump, then six weeks of radiation therapy. Because she had treatments daily, Veneman did not travel outside Washington after being diagnosed.
April 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Cynthia Nixon has joined forces with the breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is going public with her own battle with breast cancer. Nixon, who is reprising her role as Miranda in HBO's "Sex and the City" in an upcoming movie, had a lumpectomy two years ago and then underwent 6 1/2 weeks of radiation. She also helped her mother battle breast cancer. Nixon will serve as an ambassador for the Dallas-based Komen organization and will share her cancer experiences in a series of Web videos.
October 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Joan Kennedy, former wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and mother of Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), was recovering from breast cancer surgery. Kennedy, 69, underwent a lumpectomy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said a person close to the family who, at the family's request, spoke on the condition of anonymity. The surgery comes months after a legal battle with her children, who argued she was unfit to care for herself because of chronic alcoholism.
March 27, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thousands of women every year undergo mastectomies, perhaps unnecessarily, to remove an extremely tiny type of breast cancer that may not spread or endanger their lives, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The tumors, called ductal carcinoma in situ, are contained in the milk ducts in the breast. Most are too small to be felt and show up only on X-rays.
December 1, 1995
There is reassuring news for the thousands of women who caught their breast cancer in the early stages and decided to undergo the less disfiguring lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy, a full breast removal. Three studies in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that a lumpectomy--removal of the tumor and minimal adjacent tissues--followed by radiation therapy is as effective as a mastectomy.
May 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. regulators approved a device that provides a new treatment option for women who have had a cancerous breast lump removed. The MammoSite Radiation Therapy System is designed to send radiation directly to the site where the lump was taken out, with minimal radiation to surrounding tissue, the Food and Drug Administration said. The device, a hollow catheter with an inflatable balloon attached, is made by Proxima Therapeutics Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.
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