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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about breast cancer surgery?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Vital: Breast cancer is a surgical disease under most circumstances. Surgical choices include lumpectomy (removing the cancer) followed by radiation vs. Mastectomy (removing the whole breast) vs. Bilateral mastectomies (removing both breasts). Each of those options has its merits and indications. Both the doc and the patient should have a say in that choice.

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A 49-year-old female asked:

If you have metastatic breast cancer can you have surgery to remove the breast?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Surgery needed: Even inn face of metastatic disease removal of primary eliminales clones that can metastasize ot other sites. Once primary is gone, proper therapy, whether RT alone or in combination with chemo and hormone therapy an be decided upon.
A 42-year-old female asked:

Does radiation after breast cancer surgery hurt? And what does it do to the body?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Not really: The major side-effect of radiation to the breast is development of skin irritation (somewhat like a sunburn) the radiation itself causes no discomfort (like getting a chest xray). The radiation only affects the area irradiated so there are no effects outside of the radiation field.
A 31-year-old member asked:

My mom has breast cancer and is having surgery. How serious is it if she must have surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
All breast lumps: Wind up having surgery if they are at all suspicious. The surgery itself is not serious. It is the implications of what the surgery finds (nodes, margins, size, receptors) that provide information on seriousness and need for/ option for further treatment.
CA
A 27-year-old member asked:

Are certain foods better after breast cancer surgery?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Not really: The horse is out of the barn so to speak; but you should avoid foods and supplements with phytoestrogens [plant estrogen compounds] if your tumor is er positive. That includes a lot of soy although small amounts are fine. Also, being overweight or obese is associated with a worse prognosis.
Hungary
A 27-year-old male asked:

What are the current breast reconstruction techniques after breast cancer surgery?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Flap or implant: Basically - you can use your own tissue or reconstruct with a breast implant. There are several options when your own tissue is used including tram (uses the rectus muscle in the abdomen with attached skin and fat), latissimus (the muscle going from shoulder to back - usually for relatively small defects), diep (uses skin and fat on abdomen, but preserves the muscle).

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