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If cancer comes back in the same breast after having a breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy then? Will I be able to have breast reconstruction even though I have had radiation?
Yes: Yes to both. Since you can't have radiation twice in the same breast, most women need a mastectomy if the cancer returns after breast-sparing surgery. You have several reconstruction options after previous radiation, depending on how your breast tissue responded to radiation. Talk to a plastic surgeon about options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I had breast cancer, mastectomy, and implant on left side, will mammograms be able to pick up new tumor in leftover tissue?
Not needed: Mastectomies, by definition, involve removal of (almost) all of the breat tissue present. While it is true that microscopic amounts of breast tissue can be left behind, this is not amenable to mammographic evaluation, regardless of whether a reconstruction was done. Careful physical examination remains the best way to screen for local cancer recurrence following a mastectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: You need to have a discussion with your doctor about all the details and may get a genetic test. Even after that it is not an easy call, but it is not an issue for this forum. ...Read more
No,Lumpectomy option: For early-stage breast cancer nowadays breast conservation is a very reasonable option. It typically involves wide local excision of the breast cancer, called the lumpectomy, sampling of the lymph nodes and radiation treatments to sterilize the rest of the unremoved breasts. Chemotherapy or hormonal therapy may be needed depending on the stage of the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If cancer comes back in the same breast after having breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy?
Yes: 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? ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Average: If your grandmother is the only family member with breast ca, your risk should be about the same as the average women who is your age, with the same menstrual, pregnancy history, etc. First order relatives (mother daughter, sister) increase your risk and multiple second order relatives may increase risk. As well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It is possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy but the risk should be low. It also depends on the type of cancer you are treated for, the type of treatment you received and if the margins are clear. It is best to speak with your oncology team about your risks for a breast cancer after mastectomy. ...Read more
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