Dr. Ann Partridge on Epidemic of Bilateral Mastectomies in Breast Cancer

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH

Partridge says there continues to be a growing epidemic of women getting a bilateral mastectomy for unilateral breast cancer. These surgeries include women who are not at high-risk.

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, breast medical oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses optimal local therapy for women with breast cancer. Partridge says that while studies have shown that lumpectomy followed by radiation is the equivalent of having a mastectomy, there continues to be a growing epidemic of women getting a bilateral mastectomy for unilateral breast cancer. These surgeries include women who are not at high-risk.