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If cancer comes back in the same breast after having breast-sparing surgery, will i need a mastectomy?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Following breast-sparing surgery such as lumpectomy or quadrantectomy for cancer, radiation is prescribed to the remaining breast tissue to minimize local recurrence. However, if local recurrence occurs a mastectomy is usually recommended.

Answered Mar 20, 2015

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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

After previous lumpectomy and radiation therapy, if cancer comes back on the same breast- mastectomy would likely be needed. If you were to have another lumpectomy for the local recurrence- the treatment would be suboptimal as a repeat radiation therapy likely not be recommended due to possible toxicity ( depends on how long ago the radiation was given? ).

Answered Sep 27, 2012

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