Did you know that a lumpectomy with complete removal of a breast cancer from your breast followed by radiation to the breast, is as effective as mastectomy? Let me explain. For example, if you and I were identical twins and we both had breast cancer and I chose to keep my breast and you chose to have your breast removed with a mastectomy, we would live the same amount of time. Studies have demonstrated that lumpectomy with adjuvant radiation therapy is equivalent to survival stage for stage for breast cancer compared to a mastectomy. Many women make a fear-based decision to have a more radical procedure which does not necessarily help them to live longer.