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Prophylactic Mastectomy Good Idea High Risk Patients
Perhaps: Usually considered in patients with genetic predisposition by carrying the brca gene or that have a current breast cancer on 1 side. However, be aware that even with a mastectomy, there is still a small chance of getting a breast cancer. That is because not every single cell can be removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personal choice: Getting a prophylactic mastectomy depends on what risk factors are present (personal history of cancer in other breast, family history of breast/ovarian cancer, lcis, biospy with atypia). You should meet with a breast specialist to get a full workup and risk assessment. The ramifications are associated with the risk of surgery. This recommendation is individualized after intense discussions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: But not enough info to say. If you had proper counseling and your risk is very high (eg. Brca mutation or other significant risk factors) mastectomies are an option but some patients can do ok with increased surveillance (mris) plus preventative tamoxifen or even removal of the ovaries. There are too many unknowns for me to answer properly. Make sure you see someone with expertise in this area. ...Read more
I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer
If I had very few sexual partners and have always tested negative for HPV, is it a good idea to get the vaccination at age 43? I am a lesbian and the woman I am considering having a relationship with has high risk HPV. Also how long would I have to wait t
Probably no vaccine: Partner no. makes less difference in HPV risk than you might think. Higher with say 100 vs 5 life partners, but >80% chance even with 5. Past neg tests don't mean much; most HPV isn't detected by cervix testing. Even w/ infected partner, at age 43 vaccination is questionable value; good possibility you've already had same type. Substantial protection at 2 mo (1 mo after dose #2), 6-7 mo for 100%. ...Read more
Mom had breast cancer, I used to drink a lot, I took birth control, Etc. I feel like my risk of breast ca is incredibly high. Prophylactic mastectomy?
Not necessarily : Alcohol consumption over certain level may increase your risk to some degree and obviously family history does too but I would not go crazy thinking it's "incredibly high". I suggest you talk to your doc and ask to see a specialist in risk assessment to get a better estimate of your risk and maybe some tips on how to reduce it. Don't live in fear, my friend. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can a patient still have cancer after lumpectomy? Cant find good surgeon (even if rich celebrities)? Not fair to need mastectomy vs radiation, etc
Breast neighborhood: It's not the surgeon, it's the bad breast neighborhood that allows cancer to return. Cancer cells can sneak away from the tumor before surgery, which is why radiation therapy is necessary after any lumpectomy. Even with radiation, there is a higher chance of cancer returning after a lumpectomy compared to mastectomy. You're right, it's not fair. We need better treatments for breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bladder cancer: In the us there are around 61, 000 new cases of bladder cancer each year and 13, 000 deaths. Most bladder ca occurs in persons over 50. 70% occur in men. Smoking remains the most consistent risk factor, with industrial exposure to aromatic amine chemicals also a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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