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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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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


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What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

Multiple steps: There are several reconstructive options which can be performed at the same time as mastectomy or any time later. Not everyone is a candidate for immediate reconstruction. Options range from breast implants to "flap" surgery which use the patient's own tissue to recreate a "natural", warm, soft breast. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Typically more than one surgery is required. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend, breast reconstruction with mastectomy or lumpectomy?

What would doctors recommend, breast reconstruction with mastectomy or lumpectomy?

Patient-Preference: Most breast cancers can be surgically treated with equal success by mastectomy or lumpectomy (+radiation). Therefore, given the option, most women choose the much less invasive rx of a lumpectomy. Many other issues may factor into this decision--age, family hx, mammogram findings, pathology, etc--therefore, a critical part of one's preoperative evaluation is to fine-tune this recommendation. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Removal of breast: A mastectomy is the removal of the breast/breast tissue. A double mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. ...Read more

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Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Yes: Many studies have been published demonstrating this option to be safe, both for treatment of breast cancer and prevention in women with brca mutations. No surgery will take the risk of subsequent breast cancer down to zero--there is always some breast tissue left behind, albeit microscopic. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more left behind, the higher the risk; yet, it remains quite low. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

Lots of ways: There are many options these days for reconstruction; some simple and some complex depending on each patients needs and desires. Talk with a plastic surgeon or try www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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Reconstruction surgery favorable together with mastectomy for ilcis stage 1b, 0.8 cm?

Reconstruction surgery favorable together with mastectomy for ilcis stage 1b, 0.8 cm?

You have options: Your oncologic breast surgeon will discuss your options of lumpectomy vs mastectomy. Once you have made that decision, then reconstructive options can be discussed - immediate vs delayed, autogenous vs expander/implant. ...Read more

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Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Well. The treatment : Plan depends on a number of factors that would need to be discussed with the breast surgeon, radiation oncologist etc. Was a total mastectomy recommended for a stage 1 breast cancer? ...Read more

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Could mastectomy involve nipple removal?

Could mastectomy involve nipple removal?

Yes: Many times mastectomy means removal of the nipple. There is a nipple sparing mastectomy that can be done. I would suggest this be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more

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Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Depends: For smaller volume increases, fat transfer works as well as implants. However for larger volumes, it may take several stages and is more difficult to get the same result as an implant. It also depends on the amount of breast tissue you start with, because fat transfer needs some tissue to survive. Generally speaking, it is more economical to get implants. ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Benefits > risks: Every surgery has risks and benefits, so it comes down to what we call the risk/benefit ratio. Silicone breast implants have been studied more than any other medical device and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective. Thre are a lot of things to consider however so you should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon in detail. ...Read more

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Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Both are safe: Both operations are extremely safe, but breast reduction takes longer in the operating room and involves more incisions and scars. Augmentation involves use of implants, which are also safe but have their own particular issues. Obviously, one woman cannot need both operations, so individual medical details are much more relevant, and both operations (in different patients) are quite low-risk! ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation surgery safe?

Is breast augmentation surgery safe?

Yes generally: speaking. Its safety will, more precisely depend on the specific patient's state of health, surgical technique, and surgeon's experience and dedication, to name some factors. ...Read more

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Success rate for mastectomy retaining flap and nipple no sentinel node invasion stage 1b measures 8mm, margins good except anterior 1.5mm? Must chemo?

Tumor genetics: You could request a recurrence score which is a genomic evaluation of tumor cell gene s. 2 common tests in U.S. Are oncotype DX and mammaprint. ...Read more

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Is imrt suitable after a lumpectomy ?

Is imrt suitable after a lumpectomy ?

No harm: But it is much more expensive than standart radiotherapy. There is no difference in their effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is chemo required for an invasive carsinoma in situ stage 1b grade 2, 0.8 CM in size mastec done, fibroadipose and breast tissue, sentinel lymph clear?

Is chemo required for an invasive carsinoma in situ stage 1b grade 2, 0.8 CM in size mastec done, fibroadipose and breast tissue, sentinel lymph clear?

Maybe: With a node negative cancer. { i don't understand the invasive and in situ as they are apposite. } current recommendations are for genomic testing to see if the tumor has a high or low risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Patient s/p mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy and tram flap.Now with recurrent cancer. Would anyone do repeat sentinel node biopsy?

Yes: There are studies that show a repeat sentinel node biopsy can be performed but it certainly would depend upon what type of incision was used for the mastectomy. ...Read more

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Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Up to the patient: This is a complex question, but in almost all cases the choice is up to the patient. Reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or later on; both have advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend consultation with one or more plastic surgeons experienced in breast reconstruction to explore the options in your particular case. ...Read more

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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