Dr. Judy Boughey on the Safety of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies

November 5, 2015
Judy C. Boughey, MD

Dr. Judy C. Boughey talks about a study examining all patients at Mayo Clinic that underwent a nipple-sparing mastectomy for breast cancer and comparing those with positive lymph nodes to those with negative lymph nodes.

Judy C. Boughey, MD, associate professor of surgery, director, Breast Surgical Oncology Training Program, Mayo Clinic, talks about a study examining all patients at Mayo Clinic that underwent a nipple-sparing mastectomy for breast cancer and comparing those with positive lymph nodes to those with negative lymph nodes.

Boughey says that the initial feeling amongst medical professionals was to limit nipple-sparing mastectomies to patients with small tumors close to the nipple, with negative lymph nodes. She says over time, more nipple-sparing mastectomies were performed on patients with positive lymph nodes and a recent study investigated the safety of the practice.

The study showed no significant difference between nipple-sparing mastectomies done on patients with either positive and negative lymph nodes.