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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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  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    My breast and nipple itch like crazy. Anyone know what I can do to stop it? Am 10 days post lumpectomy and node removal. Is it ok to put anything on them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Whatever you use make sure the doc agrees and there are no open incisions.

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    • Traciann brundage Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor gave me avenoo baby lotion samples . It helped a ton even with the scars

      Comment
  • 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
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Sounds good !

      Comment
    • 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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  • 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
    almost 8 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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    Do i have to go through both chemo and radiation? What if if i don't want to do either one? Is there a such thing as just to do a lumpectomy and that should be it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your...

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      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your treatment goes, it all depends on many factors yet to be found. No two treatment plans are the same. It really has to do with the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, ER, PR, oncoDX, your age, etc. Each woman's cancer is different as will be the treatment course. We would all wished the same... a little surgery and get on with your life. What you are going to find are options for the best way of treating this disease. If, after you hear the treatment plan, you are not satisfied, get a second opinion. We all go through the shock of hearing this terrifying diagnosis. Breast cancer is a formidable opponent. It is nothing to be trivialized. You want to beat this thing and never have to face it again in your life. Reoccurrences happen.... and that is why you want to kick breast cancer in the butt right now while you have the best chance. We are all here for you with our support, our experiences, and our advice. Hang in there... and take care, Sharon

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    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28...

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      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28 treatments of radiation left I have taken two , but I am alive Lumpectomy are great but the steps chemotherapy, radiation is what kills all that that surgery don't get.

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