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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 5 - Breast Tissue Conservation Surgeries

If the cancer is detected early enough, there are options that will remove the cancer while preserving breast tissue. The common types are the lumpectomy (most often followed by breast radiation treatments) and the partial mastectomy.

Lumpectomy
A lumpectomy usually removes the least amount of breast tissue. The surgeon removes the cancer and a small portion of the surrounding tissue, but not the breast itself. Even though the lumpectomy is the least invasive breast cancer surgery, it can still be very effective, and further surgery may not be needed.

Partial Mastectomy
A partial mastectomy requires the surgeon to remove a larger portion of the breast than in the lumpectomy — perhaps a whole segment or quadrant of tissue — in order to eliminate the cancer. Occasionally, the surgeon will remove some of the lining over the chest muscles as well.

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  • Maura Foley Profile

    Re-excision done today- much easier than the sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy three weeks ago! Now to wait another 5-7 days to make sure margins are clear :- )

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Sounds good !

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    • joan jones Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hope the time passes quickly for you and you hear good news!!
      Waiting and patience are tough - consider it ~a time - out for healing , rest and something you enjoy with those who care

      Hope some day / that will be part of the journey - less waiting for answers and results ...

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  • Jk Joyce Profile

    Does anyone else have really hard places in the breast after a lumpectomy and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • P C Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hi. Yes, I have hard tissue that appeared after surgery/zero as/radiation. My oncologist said it is normal to have hard tissue. They tell me it is scar tissue. I had my first follow up mammogram and they had to magnify the digital pictures and the did a tighter compression to make sure...

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      Hi. Yes, I have hard tissue that appeared after surgery/zero as/radiation. My oncologist said it is normal to have hard tissue. They tell me it is scar tissue. I had my first follow up mammogram and they had to magnify the digital pictures and the did a tighter compression to make sure nothing was brewing. The radiologist told me they found nothing new, so it was only scar tissue. P

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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Around my lumpectomy incision is still pretty hard. My breast is still swollen and it hurts to lift my arm above my head sometimes. Although annoying, they are consequences of me now being cancer free-so I will put up with them. It ia kinda scary though huh

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    ILC, 2.5cm her2 neg positive on receptors. My question is do you regret decision on lumpectomy? Or mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 6 answers
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    • Kim Wallis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 1.4cm invasive ductal and I chose to have a bi lateral mastectomy, which was done in November. After consider all other options I decided it was the best choice to give me the most peace of mind. I am going through expander reconstruction at the moment. It is a very individual thing so get...

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      I had 1.4cm invasive ductal and I chose to have a bi lateral mastectomy, which was done in November. After consider all other options I decided it was the best choice to give me the most peace of mind. I am going through expander reconstruction at the moment. It is a very individual thing so get as much info as you can before you make I decision. I can only tell you that I have not regretted my decision for one second. Good luck on your journey.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had stage 3c IDC. Positive receptors as well, HER 2 neg. my lump was approx 7 cm. I had chemo, a bilateral mastectomy (in Oct. 2011) then more chemo afterwards due to extensive extranodal spread. I just finished chemo a little over 3 weeks ago. And I'm happy to say I had a clean PET scan!!! ...

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      I had stage 3c IDC. Positive receptors as well, HER 2 neg. my lump was approx 7 cm. I had chemo, a bilateral mastectomy (in Oct. 2011) then more chemo afterwards due to extensive extranodal spread. I just finished chemo a little over 3 weeks ago. And I'm happy to say I had a clean PET scan!!! I wasn't able to have reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy due to the cancer being in a late stage & in my chest wall. So...I will do that later on. My next step is radiation therapy. It was hard losing my breasts but I don't regret my decision at all. That combined with chemo, my awesome oncology team, faith, family, & friends pulled me through & saved my life!!!!!!! No regrets. :). Like Kim said...it is a very personal choice. Prayers to you on your journey to wellness.

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  • Kristen Cassidy Profile

    Is it normal for my internal scar tissue to be severely painful 5 months after lumpectomy surgery? It also seems to be effecting the sensation in my left nipple

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Kristen,
      I had a lumpectomy on my left breast April 4 and just finished 16 radiation treatments.The incision ended at the base of my nipple and it is VERY sensitive. I've been told by my doctors the nerves are healing and will twinge and stab for a long time, but it is always good to voice your...

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      Kristen,
      I had a lumpectomy on my left breast April 4 and just finished 16 radiation treatments.The incision ended at the base of my nipple and it is VERY sensitive. I've been told by my doctors the nerves are healing and will twinge and stab for a long time, but it is always good to voice your pains to your doctor. My discomfort is less than when in treatment but still bothersome. Good thoughts your way. Jo

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Hi kristen I am almost 10 years after my bilateral mastectomies and I still get pain in the incision area every now and then I've been told by my surgeon that is from the nerve damage during the multiple surgeries as the incision heals the scar gets tighter causing pulling type of pain. Some...

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      Hi kristen I am almost 10 years after my bilateral mastectomies and I still get pain in the incision area every now and then I've been told by my surgeon that is from the nerve damage during the multiple surgeries as the incision heals the scar gets tighter causing pulling type of pain. Some times a deep pain also from my lymph node biopsies I get sensitivity in the underarm area and a sharp pain every now and then. Call your surgeon and make him/her aware of your discomfort take care

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