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If i have a mastectomy, could that mean i won't need other treatment after surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes, maybe: A mastectomy might reduce the need for radiation treatment, but if the cancer is very close to the edges of the removed breast or if there are many lymph nodes involved with cancer, then radiation would still be recommended. The decision to use chemotherapy or hormonal therapy after mastectomy is strongly influenced by the type of breast cancer so can be complicated.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Unlikely: If the breast tumor is a ductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer than you may not need further therapy. If it is stage 1 or more, you may not need radiation. If it is high risk (lymph nodes involved, triple negative, high oncotype score) you may need chemo and if it is hormone sensitive you may also need a hormone blocker.
Dr. Takao Ohnuma
Medical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Dependent on the findings at the time of surgery, you may need additional treatment, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
It really depends: Very locally occurring, small non-invasive cancers may be treated definitively with mastectomy but others may require additional treatment, especially if they involved the lymph nodes. Many times, if there is enough breast tissue, only part of the breast (lumpectomy) needs to be removed and the area is treated with radiation. In may cases, women take anti-estrogens for several years afterwards.

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