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Do you think a woman should consider a double mastectomy if cancer is only in one breast?

Do you think a woman should consider a double mastectomy if cancer is only in one breast?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: There could be residual malignant breast tissue in the chest wall (local recurrence) or the cancer could have already spread to other organs before surgery (metastasis). ...Read more

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Can i survive breast cancer without a mastectomy?

Can i survive breast cancer without a mastectomy?

That is very : Dependent on issues like the stage ; type of cancer you have. This is a very individual medical issue which can't be answered on line. You will need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. ...Read more

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Could i get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Could i get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Yes: If someone has a high risk inherited mutation or other circumstances that increase significantly the risk for breast cancer, that person can be considered for a preventative mastectomy. ...Read more

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What is the risk of breast cancer when grandmother had mastectomy?

What is the risk of breast cancer when grandmother had mastectomy?

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 more

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Do you always need a mastectomy when you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

Do you always need a mastectomy when you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

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 more

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

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 more

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Can you tell me about getting breast cancer what age should you consider having a prohpylactic mastectomy?

Can you tell me about getting breast cancer what age should you consider having a prohpylactic mastectomy?

Good question but: ...I can't because I do not know your personal risk factors or family history. Prophylactic surgery is not something you ask for in the same way you would ask for fries with your bigmac. The decision to do it and its timing is determined after a good risk assessment, looking at all the factors involved. Talk to your gyn about a risk assessment visit if you are very concerned. Best 2u. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more