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Pre Surgery Blood Tests For Breast Reconstruction
Depends: There are a lot of different decisions that go into breast reconstruction. It is not a "one size fits all" problem and criteria are based not only on the cancer but also on the person. It is best to have a discussion with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to determine what type of reconstruction is best for you. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Breasts can be reconstructed using implants or a patients own tissue. If you use your own tissue either a flap (attached to the body) or free fat can be transfered to the breast. Using your own tissue requires a donor site on your body. Implants can be used to replace the lost breast tissue. The implant is placed under the breast muscle. Nipples and areola ...Read more
Flap or implant: Basically - you can use your own tissue or reconstruct with a breast implant. There are several options when your own tissue is used including tram (uses the rectus muscle in the abdomen with attached skin and fat), latissimus (the muscle going from shoulder to back - usually for relatively small defects), diep (uses skin and fat on abdomen, but preserves the muscle). ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Are there any genetic tests required (other than kras) for a 30 year old female with stage iii-b colon cancer after surgery and before adjuvant chemo?
Post Whipple Oncology Operation: Is the lgG4 blood test of any monitoring value for diagnosed pancreatic cancer?
Surgeons vary: Surgeons vary in their recommendations following surgery with some recommending limited activity and compression dressings while some even make their patients sleep on their breasts the day after surgery.. Inwouldmdiscuss this with your surgeon. An increasing number are adopting a regimen of "rapid recovery" exercises. See video: http://youtu.be/lJs9tr75b70 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What laboratory exams are typically ordered to follow a year(s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
Generally: Depending on a patient's overall health, once or twice yearly physical examination, basic blood tests, maybe yearly colonoscopy. Blood cea testing sometimes. Also depends on the stage & grade of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. X- ray or ct scan not a routine usually unless there are clinical concerns. ...Read more
Can surgery cause a rise in a ca 27-29 tumor marker two months after reconstructive diep flap surgery?
No: This is a tumor marker...So like all tumor markers, its value is variable. So we use it, yet not rely on any single reading because the test results fluctuate. Because of this, many doctors do not use this test. Those who use it, are cautious not to take any one value on its face value and end up repeating it 2-3 different times. So i would ask your doctor to recheck it once or twice over 3-4 mos. ...Read more
Does breast cancer reconstruction surgery look natural? I have to undergo a double mastectomy for breast cancer and am deciding whether to have breast cancer reconstruction surgery. Would the surgery leave my breasts feeling hard and unnatural? I might ch
No depending on how: Tram flap with your own tissue movement to recreate your breasts may have areas of fat necrosis - hardness. Subpectoral muscle silicone implants are more natural feeling but you may get a capsule a tight feeling . Best answer-- ask your plastic surgeon his experience - they have pictures good and bad to give you an idea of results then you can make an itelligent choice of what is right. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pre op labs: Blood tests before surgery are basically safety checks. A hematocrit, white cell count, platelet count and electrolyte panel give a lot of information to the surgery team about how the patient's organs are functioning. Surgery and recovery are hard work for the organs, so any dysfunction (yet without symptoms) is important to know. ...Read more
After completion of 6 cycles of chemo and mastectomy for early stage triple neg invasive carsinoma how to know there is no more cancer cells in body?
Surveillance: Congratulations on completing this therapy. It sounds at this point like you have no evidence of cancer, so the hope going forward is that you will continue to show no evidence of recurrent disease. You can expect to be evaluated by a combination of physical examinations as well as potentially some routine imaging though this will depend on stage specifics. Congratulations again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When dealing with breast cancer when are you considered cancer free? After mastectomy? After last chemo tx? After reconstruction?
What happens at an breast MRI if your not screening for breast cancer but screening for both breasts that have inverted nipple discharge? I'm 18.
Careful with MRI: Mri has a high sensitivity but low specificity and often finds many benign lesions. That increases worry and leads to more tests and biopsies, but rarely finds cancer. I wouldn't recommend MRI here. Bilateral nipple discharge is common and not worrisome for cancer, and cancer at age 18 is extremely unlikely. There are other tests to determine the cause of the discharge or if it is of concern. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?
Can capsular contracture after breast reconstruction be fixed without more surgery? I'm worried about this possible side effect of breast reconstruction. My procedure will be two stages, so between that and my original mastectomy, three surgeries is plent
Breast cancer: I don't want to you feel worse but it typically involves other surgery down the line for maintenance of the implants. Regardless of whether you have breast reconstruction or breast augmentation you are having a medical device. No device is interneded to be permanent. These are man made and potentially need to be replaced every 10 years. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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