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Surgery boosts survival for stage 4 breast cancer patients

24 Aug 2013

A woman undergoing a mammogram (Photo: ST File photo)

Surgery for stage four or metastatic breast cancer could prolong the lives of patients, a move that is usually not recommended at this stage of the cancer. A study conducted by the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) found that patients who underwent breast surgery had a two year survival rate of 46.3 per cent, compared against 21.2 per cent of patients who did not have surgery. Associate Professor Mikael Hartman from SSHSPH said that the "difference in survivial is substantial" between the two groups of patients and that the step is to conduct a larger study to better understand the impact of surgery on patients.

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