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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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    What is the prognosis of stage 3 medullary carcinoma? Ten years ago I had a lumpectomy and radiation. Now I have tumors in both breasts and face a bilateral radical mastectomy plus chemo. What is my prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      When I was going through cancer treatment, I refused to hear negative stories. It didn't do me any good and just depressed me. There are many more women alive today because of the treatments available. No human can really talk prognosis with any amount of certainty because we don't have a...

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      When I was going through cancer treatment, I refused to hear negative stories. It didn't do me any good and just depressed me. There are many more women alive today because of the treatments available. No human can really talk prognosis with any amount of certainty because we don't have a clue. If I were you, I would not focus on your diagnosis but on your fight that is ahead of you. Here is Marianne, who has fought a huge battle and won. There are many, many women on this board who have made it and are alive and well today. We are all here to support you. We know this is the scary thing to be facing but we have all been there. We know that terror but also know success. Please don't spend time and energy looking at that half empty glass.... you might at well believe you are going conquer this and win the battle. Do not put a limit on your life by talking prognosis because in reality, it doesn't help you.... it drags you down both mentally and physically. Who actually knows what YOUR prognosis will be?Prognosis, is a cold, analytical statistic.... you are a warm, loving, living, breathing, feeling, human being. Only God knows how long any of us have on this earth. Your job right now is to fight like a girl, get through your treatment and start living your wonderful life. Again, we are all here to support you and share our experiences with you. God's blessings to you. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The minute that I was diagnosed I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy and it was the best decision I have made. I will soon have my implant exchange.

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  • alan andalman Profile

    how fast can the results be determined after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      But the waiting never gets easier. It feels like time stands still.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Agree with Julie -- I had immediate pathology (from the time of surgery), a result from the next day and then extended results from about a week later.

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  • Linda G Profile

    Do you have to wear a compression sleeve after a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Becky Lynn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I only had one sentinel node removed and I ended up with truncal lymph edema. I have a compression garment that works really well at decreasing the pain and swelling in my side.

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    • kim c Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I only had the sentinel node removed and nobody mentioned anything about a sleeve. I've had no problems, knock on wood.,,

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    Has anyone considered a breast reduction after breast cancer and lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a lumpectomy on my right breast which left me lop-sided. I was able to have a breast reduction on the other side so I am now balanced again. It was a good decision and I am happy I did it. If you are considering it, make sure you get a surgeon who has done many of these procedures.

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