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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for hereditary breast cancer?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
No different: The treatment for the primary diagnosed cancer is the same as for any other breast cancer. Additional decisions/interventions are based on the presumed increased risk of a second or subsequent breast cancer (i.e. Mastectomy instead of breast conservation and prophylactic contralateral mastectomy). Talk with your doctor to quantify your risk and discuss appropriate options.
Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Reconstruction: Brca 1 and 2 patient should consider undergoing bilateral mastectomies and possibly gyn surgery as well. The great news about prophylactic mastectomies for high risk patients is that incisions can be hidden in the infra mammary fold and implants placed immediately after mastectomy (no need for expanders) in most patients. Recon should be highly aesthetic and possibly improve the overall look.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast Cancer: Patients who are found to be brca 1, 2 or bart should be counseled on their risk of breast cancer. If they choose to undergo unilateral or bilateral mastectomies they should have immediate reconstruction. Depending on the patients lifestyle, body and expectations i help them create their reconstructive plan with their own fat, implants, flaps or some combination of these techniques.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Multimodal Rx: The primary treatment for most breast cancers is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy; if one chooses lumpectomy, they will also require radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be indicated. This may be given as a pill and/or IV medication, depending on tumor-specific factors.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is some info on hereditary breast cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Exception not rule: Most breast cancer diagnoses are not "hereditary". The currently identified mutations (brca 1/2) account for only ~ 10-15% of newly diagnosed breast cancer. The primary risk factors for developing breast cancer are being female and having breast tissue. This is the basis for general population screening including regular self exams, regular clinical exams, and screening imaging (mammography).
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for hereditary breast cancer?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
BRCA: To determine if you have a hereditary breast cancer, a complete history needs to be obtained. Based on this history and a mapping of your family's cancer history, a brca test may be performed. It is important to determine who in the family should be tested. It is now a saliva test that can be done in a physician office. Genetic counseling is also offered.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
try this website: http://www.brightpink.org/programs/support-community/talk-to-a-genetic-counselor/questionnaire/ Browse this site. It's informative and easy to ready.
May 27, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of hereditary breast cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Same as regular: Breast cancer. Only about 3% of the breast cancers are due to inherited defects and these cancers have the same symptoms as regular/sporadic cancer, i.e., mass/lump in the breast.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Variable: Breast cancer is individually treated depending on each person's condition, cancer stage & cell type. Surgery with lumpectomy, often combined with the proper chemotherapy or hormone agents, and sometimes radiation therapy. It varies highly from one person to another, depending on the factors I have noted above.

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