Medicine’s Alberto Montero explains the benefits and risks of breast cancer surgery

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NewsweekAlberto Montero, associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, explained how the benefits of any surgery have to be balanced against the risks. “If a patient has a diagnosis of breast cancer, a timely surgery is essential for good outcomes,” he said. “However, in the case of someone with a BRCA mutation and no evidence of breast cancer, timing for the surgery does not improve outcomes.”