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A 42-year-old member asked:

If i have a mastectomy, does that mean i won't need other treatment?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Possibly: You may need additional surgery such as removal of your lymph nodes, radiation and/or chemotherapy, or an operation on the opposite breast. You may choose reconstruction, which may be anywhere from 1 or more additional surgeries. Make sure you understand the process before undergoing any surgery.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Not always: Even after mastectomy we recommend some sort of adjuvant treatment for most patients, typically hormonal modification (tamoxifen, arimidex, (anastrozole) etc. And or chemotherapy. These drugs are given to patients at risk for metastatic disease that is too small to be picked up with scans, etc. Radiation to the chest wall is recommended after mastectomy for large tumors, those involving the skin, or lymph nodes.
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Not necessarily: Breast conservation and mastectomy are the 2 primary local therapy options. While for treatment of noninvasive disease (dcis) this may suffice, w/invasive disease systemic therapy must also be considered to address microscopic disease elsewhere that can't be reached w/surgery or xrt. More advanced (ie. Large tumors, multiple nodes +) may warrant post mastectomy XRT to maximize local control.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if all woman have treatment after mastectomy's what type of treatment is needed?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unclear: For breast cancer, staging with histology, node status, metastatic situation is all considered as to need and benefits of radiation or chemotherapy.

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