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Should A Surgeon Prescribe Tamoxifen
I go to a pain management doctor who prescribed mscontin and a wellness doctor who has prescribed testosterone injections...Is it ok to take these?
This medication is used to: treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Treat early breast cancer in women who have already been treated with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Reduce the risk of developing a more serious type of breast cancer in women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis; a type of breast cancer ...Read more
Breast conservation: A lumpectomy is performed to remove breast cancer with a margin of normal tissue around it. This is performed in order to conserve the breast. We know that having a lumpectomy with radiation versus a mastectomy has the same survival outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, most are not.: Most pediatric oncologists are fellowship trained pediatricians who study hematology/oncology. Pediatric surgeons complete surgery residency then a fellowship in pediatric surgery, then possibly subspecialization or special training with pediatric oncology. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Should i expect a surgeon who wants to incise an abscessed breast duct on me to be familiar with the term "zuska's disease"?
Fistula/abscess: Some may be familiar with the term, as this is a term used because it was characterized by a man named joseph zuska in 1951. More commonly the condition is referred to as a fistula or concomitant abscess around the nipple. Not knowing the name zuska 's disease should not make you think any less of a surgeon. Best wishes. ...Read more
Should i be concerned about a surgeon who is not certified with the american board of surgery? Surgeon is not abs certified should that be a reason to look for another surgeon who is?
Yes.: The american board of surgery (abs) offers certification to general surgeons, vascular surgeons, trauma/critical care surgeons, pediatric surgeons, and certain hand surgeons. If your surgeon practices in one of these areas and is not certified in that specialty by the abs, i suggest you find someone else. Orthopedic, neuro, urologic, and plastic surgeons have a separate certification board. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities : Any medical decision is not black or white. There are many variables that need considered. The doctor is trying to make the best decision for you based on guidelines, but to make the decision he or she have to relly on information gathered by many sources. Your physical exam, x-rays, invasive tests like esophagoscopies etc. As all information accumulates the decision may change accordingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low risk to recurr: There is a good chance the type of disease was dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ). This is a pre-invasive disease ( not cancer yet). Radiation can be avoided in the most favorable group of patients with dcis since chance of recurrence is very low. Typical conditions met are: 1) large clear margins of resection was obtained, 2) the disease is not too large (size) , 3)not too aggressive ( low-grade). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
High Risk Patients: Women who have already developed breast cancer in one breast and have a strong family history of the disease. Women who have a positive result from genetic testing are candidates. Genetic testing can identify if you have mutations in genes that increase your risk of breast cancer or other cancers such as ovarian cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A doctor said any pmd would be better than an endocrinologist to help with tt therapy and its side effects. What is a pmd?
What physical symtom complaints would alert a physician to advise that a male adult patient should have a direct referral to see an oncologist?
Why should I see a plastic surgeon or mohs surgeon instead of derm doctor for skin cancer removal and repair?
Location: Skin cancers in difficult places(eyes, nose, ears) should always be removed by mohs surgery. It is the only procedure that will assure you have had your skin cancer removed completely. Mohs surgeons are excellent at repairing defects and if they are not confident in their skill they will let a plastic surgeon repair the defect. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
No: Classically, pediatric oncologists are pediatricians who have completed special training in the care of children with cancer. This special training is called a fellowship and typically lasts three or four years after completion of a three year pediatric residency. The surgeons who care for children with cancer are not referred to as pediatric oncologists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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