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Modified Radial Mastectomy
Lymphatic drainage: After a radical mastectomy many of the lymph nodes have been removed in the armpit or axilla. These same lymph nodes that drain the breast can also be involved with draining the arm. After removal of these lymph channels the fluid in the arm must find other paths(veins or other lymph channels) to return to the heart. This can lead to swelling. Consult with your surgeon. They can help. ...Read more
All too common!: Mastectomy offers no increased chance for cure over lumpectomy; however, mastectomy is necessary/preferred in certain situations: multicentric cancer that grows throughout the breast; women who have the hereditary (brca+)type of ca; women who cannot have radiation therapy (which must be included with lumpectomy for rx).For those that require mastectomy, reconstruction is often an excellent option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
New options: There are many different types of mastectomies. A nipple sparing mastectomy allows the nipple and skin to be left in place and then the plastic surgeon can do reconstruction. The results are great with less scarring than traditional mastectomy. Make sure you are offered reconstruction and speak with a plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tough question: The answer is more complex than can be discussed in this brief space. Suffice to say mastectomy poses a massive challenge to one's psychological balance. The effects depend on the individual, of course, and some women will get to an even better place in terms of mental health. Family love & support, personal strategies for positive mindset, and professional help are all warranted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be there: Go to office visits and help take notes and ask questions. Help her after surgery with meals, errands. Be loving and positive. Do something fun so she can take her mind off the overwhelming process. Encourage her to attend a breast cancer support group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rather than just: Ordering on-line, would encourage you to go in person to a specialty bra store. Up to 85% of american women are wearing incorrect bra size. The professionals at a specialty bra stored can ensure that you have the correct band and cup size as well the best design to fit your need. You will also be taught how to properly settle your breasts into the bra. If is worth the effort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Individualized item: A mastectomy bra is usually fitted by a lady who is a trained specialist and is able to measure each patient and determine their size and options. It can hold a breast prosthesis for cosmetic purposes and can help in recovery after mastectomy surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You are her rock: Iif the medical decision has already been made to preform a mastectomy - meaning you were there for her to aid in listening and asking questions and helping her make an informed decision under the guidance of the doctor---then your job now is one of support, comfort and building for the the future - there is a light ahead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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