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Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?

Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?

It Depends: A mastectomy does not guarantee you won't need chemo or radiation. The tumor's "personality" determines that. After a mastectomy, you might need chemo if the tumor is aggressive. Chemo treats your whole body to kill cancer that may have traveled. You might need radiation if you have positive lymph nodes, or if cancer was near the incision site. Ask your oncologist. It's complicated! ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (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 ...Read more


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Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: There could be residual malignant breast tissue in the chest wall (local recurrence) or the cancer could have already spread to other organs before surgery (metastasis). ...Read more

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Can i survive breast cancer without a mastectomy?

Can i survive breast cancer without a mastectomy?

That is very : Dependent on issues like the stage ; type of cancer you have. This is a very individual medical issue which can't be answered on line. You will need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes: During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. ...Read more

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Could i get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Could i get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Yes: If someone has a high risk inherited mutation or other circumstances that increase significantly the risk for breast cancer, that person can be considered for a preventative mastectomy. ...Read more

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What is the risk of breast cancer when grandmother had mastectomy?

What is the risk of breast cancer when grandmother had mastectomy?

Average: If your grandmother is the only family member with breast ca, your risk should be about the same as the average women who is your age, with the same menstrual, pregnancy history, etc. First order relatives (mother daughter, sister) increase your risk and multiple second order relatives may increase risk. As well. ...Read more

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Do you always need a mastectomy when you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

Do you always need a mastectomy when you're diagnosed with breast cancer?

No,Lumpectomy option: For early-stage breast cancer nowadays breast conservation is a very reasonable option. It typically involves wide local excision of the breast cancer, called the lumpectomy, sampling of the lymph nodes and radiation treatments to sterilize the rest of the unremoved breasts. Chemotherapy or hormonal therapy may be needed depending on the stage of the disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about getting breast cancer what age should you consider having a prohpylactic mastectomy?

Can you tell me about getting breast cancer what age should you consider having a prohpylactic mastectomy?

Good question but: ...I can't because I do not know your personal risk factors or family history. Prophylactic surgery is not something you ask for in the same way you would ask for fries with your bigmac. The decision to do it and its timing is determined after a good risk assessment, looking at all the factors involved. Talk to your gyn about a risk assessment visit if you are very concerned. Best 2u. ...Read more

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How can they check for breast cancer after a mastectomy?

How can they check for breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Physical Exam: After a mastectomy, frequent exams of the affected side, mammograms on the opposite side. Yearly chest xray, and other tests depending on symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective is a radical mastectomy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is a radical mastectomy for treating breast cancer?

Mastectomy : Mastectomy is generally very effective, however chemotherapy and radiation are sometimes recommended as well. It really depends on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, and wether there has been spread to other areas or lymph nodes. In early stages mastectomy can cure 95-98% of women. Your breast surgeon/oncologist can/should provide specifics based on your case. ...Read more

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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more