Is lumpectomy as good as mastectomy?

With early stage breast cancer, you often have a choice in which surgical procedure to have. There are benefits to consider for both lumpectomy and mastectomy. A lumpectomy leaves most of your natural breast but will likely require radiation therapy. While a mastectomy removes all breast tissue, you may not need radiation therapy. The stage of your cancer, family history, genetic testing and your lifestyle are all important factors to discuss with your doctor.