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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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    I had a Lumpectomy a couple of months ago. The tumor was about the size of a golf ball. I have been left with a deformed nipple and about a 3 inch scar. I am finding it so hard to cope emotionally, will I ever feel normal or whole again?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 11 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Acceptance will come with time and you will begin to feel normal again. I have the same and it's been about six months now since surgery. i felt and still from time to time feel the way you do sweetie and I understand. I recently started telling my husband i have my normal well behaved side ( non...

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      Acceptance will come with time and you will begin to feel normal again. I have the same and it's been about six months now since surgery. i felt and still from time to time feel the way you do sweetie and I understand. I recently started telling my husband i have my normal well behaved side ( non surgical side ) and this ( surgical side) is the crazy side of me shining through:) and we laugh about that together because it so true. making humor out of unpleasant situations sometimes helps me deal with it and put it in perspective. I ask myself " how big am I going to allow this thing to be in my life?" My scars are not what makes me who I am. Going through this is just simply part of Gods plan for my life. Wherever he takes me now I can proudly carry the marks of my mission because I'm sure he will use this and me in some way if he has not already. I was on Facebook this am and someone sent me something that was very inspiring. It's a picture of a little girl, maybe about five years old and she has Down's syndrome . She is so happy, dancing and laughing. Her t shirt says " I rock this extra chromosome !" . Lets stand in front of the mirror and say " I rock because ( fill in the blank with something positive you know about YOU ) . The you inside , your heart is what makes you beautiful. Bigs hugs and prayers for you sister.

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have said from early in the breast cancer journey that cancer will always be part of me but I WILL NOT let it define who I a

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  • nancy f Profile

    Have you waited between procedures? mammo/ultrasound - Oct., biopsy- Nov., lumpectomy/oncotype dx - Dec. and will see the oncologist this month-Jan. still have to have surgery for clean margin and then treatment.. seems so long between procedures.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This is a continuation of the beginning of my time line. I had mammogram in June 2012. 2nd one following week. Biopsy in 1 st week of July and diagnosed in July All my procedures went really quick. As you can see from my previous entry.

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Dx in June 2012 surgery in July. Didn't start chemo until September because I was in school. Finish chemo now radiation. It is a long process

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  • Patricia Carnell Profile

    Are there topical treatments to help with the burn from radiation. I was just diagnosed with Stage 0 dcis and had lumpectomy on Friday last week, surgeon is supposed to set up radiation with an oncologist soon

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 12 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Patricia, my radiologist gave me Aquaphor. I didn't need it until my second week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I'm very fair but tolerated my 16 shots pretty well. Make a list of questions and don't be afraid to ask. Be sure to point out any concerns with your skin to the rad-techs....

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      Hi Patricia, my radiologist gave me Aquaphor. I didn't need it until my second week. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I'm very fair but tolerated my 16 shots pretty well. Make a list of questions and don't be afraid to ask. Be sure to point out any concerns with your skin to the rad-techs. They'll help you when you need to see the radiologist . Mine were fabulous . My chest became an open book for all to read and I wanted it read WELL. :-D

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    • Doreen Finley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Can I please just say that I don't even have my full diagnosis or really any understanding of what's going on yet. I'm overwhelmed and scared. I know my breast cancer has spread to several areas. This week I began radiation on lesions of my brain. I believe they are still getting tests...

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      Can I please just say that I don't even have my full diagnosis or really any understanding of what's going on yet. I'm overwhelmed and scared. I know my breast cancer has spread to several areas. This week I began radiation on lesions of my brain. I believe they are still getting tests results and planning treatment. However, my radiation techs and nurses have been amazing. They told me of this app. I signed up and browsed questions and FOUND answers. You are all wonderful and I cannot believe how much better I feel in 2 days. Should have dr appt Monday. Already have my list of questions. Today I'm going out o get some creams that were suggested. Just wanted to share my gratitude already Thank you - dor

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  • Bobbi Sidorenkov Profile

    I have read postings where people discuss recurrence. When people talk about recurrence, is this in the breast or some other area of the body? If it is in the breast, was there full or partial mastectomy or lumpectomy as treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Jan Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      In 2000 I had a lumpectomy radiation and Tomoxifenfor 5yrs. D CIS I think caught early with

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    • Jan Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The most important!! Having both daughters pregnant has been so helpful with depression. (I'm. Doing this on my phone). Oh, NO chemo!!! This group has helped a lot ,too. Good luck! Jan

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