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A 31-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends: Breat cancer is one of the cancers for which we have good treatments and upwards of 80% cure rate. Yet it is difficult to predict how one patient will do as we must monitor them for several years before we can be sure that a person is trouble free. Having surgery does not neceassarily mean that it is bad as surgery is only done if it is relatively early cancer.

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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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Both of my grandpas and cancer my mom had breast cancer could I have cancer?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Genetic counselor: I recommend you meet with a genetic counselor who can review your family medical history in detail. Tests can be done to determine if you have a risk of developing different types of cancer (breasts and others too).
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can my mom have breast cancer! help?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Chill: Anybody can have cancer but why are you so worried? She should be getting yearly mammos and physical exams. If she detects any abnormality in her breasts, she should visit her doc right away. Best to both.

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Last updated Mar 14, 2013

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