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Is a lumpectomy for breast cancer done with a local or general anesthesia?

Is a lumpectomy for breast cancer done with a local or general anesthesia?

Anesthsia: In my practice, I use a heavy sedation (also known as mac) with local or general anesthesia. It depends on how extensive the mass and if i need to do a procedure on the lymph nodes. With proper pre operative physical exam, the risk for anesthesia can be assessed and the appropriate method can be selected. It is important to be comfortable so the surgeon can complete the procedure safely. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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I'm a 49 year old, chinese, menopausal woman. I got a lumpectomy done for a dcis interme grade. It was noninvasive. I have completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy.I have no previous history of breast cancer. Is tamoxifenrequired?

I'm a 49 year old, chinese, menopausal woman. I got a lumpectomy done for a dcis interme grade. It was noninvasive. I have completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy.I have no previous history of breast cancer. Is tamoxifenrequired?

Not required but: It is an option. It can help reduce the chance of the dcis coming back, as well as the risk of a new, second cancer in the future. But these risks are low and tamoxifen has its own risks and side effects. You should discuss the pros and cons with a medical oncologist. ...Read more

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Can or should I continue laser txt for face wrinkles while healing from lumpectomy for breast cancer? One laser txt prior to diag. During radiation?

Can or should I continue laser txt for face wrinkles while healing from lumpectomy for breast cancer? One laser txt prior to diag. During radiation?

Continue: Healing from a lumpectomy should not interfere with any additional treatments iff the lesion is dcis and further surgery like axillary dissection suggested. If nothing further is offered for the breast then laser treatment of face should be permitted. ...Read more

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How often to breast cancer patients have a lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

How often to breast cancer patients have a  lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

Much more often....: ...Than not. Thankfully, our tools for treating breast cancer have improved quite a bit over the past 20 years. Survival is not related to method of surgical rx (lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy); rather, it is dependent on the stage, type, and molecular features of the cancer. When caught very early, the chance for cure is better-than 90%. The best way to do that is yearly mammograms beginning at 40. ...Read more

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I thought i had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am i a cancer survivor?

Not exactly: You have a benign breast condition such as fibrocystic condition. You have a non-cancerous condition. You have not had breast cancer and not a "cancer survivor.". ...Read more

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After lumpectomy what are the best measures to practice to prevent one from having a lump or breast cancer.

After lumpectomy what are the best measures to practice to prevent one from having a lump or breast cancer.

Adjuvant treatment: For most breast cancers, after a lumpectomy adjuvant breast radiation is required to maximize local control and cure. If the tumor was more than 1cm depending on some other features, chemotherapy could be reccomended( often determined by molecular testing with oncotype dx). If the cells were hormone receptor positive then a hormone blocking pill can further decrease recurrence rates).Ask team. ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

Soon: Ask your surgeon. Unless you have a very heavy strenuous job with a lot of heavy lifting, one could likely return to work in a few days after lumpectomy surgery. Depends possibly if lymph node surgery is also planned. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more