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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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    My daughter has been told that, in addition to a lump in her breast, there is also a duct involved. What does this mean for her prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      If she was told that a duct was involved. Her doc. Was saying that her cancer had began in the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common type of breast cancer accounting for 80%. Of all breast cancers. There are so many other things to ask for a prognosis , such as stage, receptor status,...

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      If she was told that a duct was involved. Her doc. Was saying that her cancer had began in the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common type of breast cancer accounting for 80%. Of all breast cancers. There are so many other things to ask for a prognosis , such as stage, receptor status, erc. When they finish all the testing you'll have all
      The details you need about her particular type of cancer and how to beat it! I'll be thinking of her and keep the faith!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I believe your attitude has everything to do with your prognosis

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  • nancy f Profile

    I had a lumpectomy and a few nodes removed almost 2 weeks ago - lately it is itchy and driving me crazy.. today I noticed my breast has a measle like rash - not raised rash just there.. is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It could be reaction to stitches. I really itched when I started healing. That lasted a while.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used Aquaphor. I was really itchy too. It could Br a skin reaction to whatever cream your applying.

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  • Shelley Zipp Profile

    I just found out I have triple negative breast cancer, a form of invasive ductal carcinoma - stage 1 1.3cmm tumor, very small, but still requires llumpectomy, chemo, then radiation. What's the recovery time after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Has your doctor tested you for the BRCA gene mutation? If not, I would suggest doing that before moving forward with him/her. Triple negative breast cancer is most often associated with the BRCA gene mutation & if you happen to have it, you may be advised to do more than a lumpectomy. I'm no...

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      Has your doctor tested you for the BRCA gene mutation? If not, I would suggest doing that before moving forward with him/her. Triple negative breast cancer is most often associated with the BRCA gene mutation & if you happen to have it, you may be advised to do more than a lumpectomy. I'm no doctor...it's just a suggestion. I'd get a second opinion, anyway. :) Wishing you the best!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello - you know lumpectomies can vary enomormusly in size and location, as can the number and type of stitches required. All that as well as your general health and other complications such as infection means the recovery rate can vary significantly from person to person. I was discharged around...

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      Hello - you know lumpectomies can vary enomormusly in size and location, as can the number and type of stitches required. All that as well as your general health and other complications such as infection means the recovery rate can vary significantly from person to person. I was discharged around 16 hours after the operation. I had to stay overnight because of bad reaction to general anesthetic + I was a late in the day operation. I had about 57grams removed from my right inner upper quadrant and I had double stitching [underneath as well as on top]. It took about a week for the special bandages to fall off naturally. I was back doing 90 minute yoga class within a few days of the lumpectomy, so on one level it was a fast recovery BUT I needed some physiotherapy to restore my right arm mobility to about 95% of what it was - that was caused by the sentinel node biopsy though, not the lumpectomy. Many women I have spoken to say they experience more problems from the sentinel node biopsy rather than the lumpectomy. The lumpectomy is a fat removal essentially whereas the sentinel node biopsy is close to a lot of nerves and pathways and muscles so this is not unexpected.

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  • Diane P. Profile

    how many of you have been diagnosed with 2 types of breast cancer? I was first diagnose with DCIS, then 2 weeks later, after my 2nd lumpectomy try, they found IDS.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      This exact situation happened to me and unfortunately it is not uncommon. My biopsy showed DCIS but the lumpectomy pathology revealed a 1 cm IDC (tumor). I also had two lumpectomies before finally having a mastectomy. I am sorry you are going through this but you are NOT alone!

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi I was initially dx'd with dcis and once I had my surgery they found IDC small tumor. That is very common, DCIS remains in the milk ducts, it becomes IDC when it breaks out of the ducts. It sometimes changes the course of treatment also.

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