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Doctor insights on: Tylectomy Breast Carcinoma

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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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How effective is a lumpectomy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is a lumpectomy for treating breast cancer?

It depends. : On how small, well differentiated and how localized breast CA is. Sometimes it needs radiation treatment and Sometimes adjuvant Chemo therapy. ...Read more

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How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

How soon after a lumpectomy (breast cancer) can I go back to work?

Soon: Ask your surgeon. Unless you have a very heavy strenuous job with a lot of heavy lifting, one could likely return to work in a few days after lumpectomy surgery. Depends possibly if lymph node surgery is also planned. ...Read more

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Is a lumpectomy for breast cancer done with a local or general anesthesia?

Is a lumpectomy for breast cancer done with a local or general anesthesia?

Anesthsia: In my practice, I use a heavy sedation (also known as mac) with local or general anesthesia. It depends on how extensive the mass and if i need to do a procedure on the lymph nodes. With proper pre operative physical exam, the risk for anesthesia can be assessed and the appropriate method can be selected. It is important to be comfortable so the surgeon can complete the procedure safely. ...Read more

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How often to breast cancer patients have a lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

How often to breast cancer patients have a  lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

Much more often....: ...Than not. Thankfully, our tools for treating breast cancer have improved quite a bit over the past 20 years. Survival is not related to method of surgical rx (lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy); rather, it is dependent on the stage, type, and molecular features of the cancer. When caught very early, the chance for cure is better-than 90%. The best way to do that is yearly mammograms beginning at 40. ...Read more

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I thought i had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am i a cancer survivor?

Not exactly: You have a benign breast condition such as fibrocystic condition. You have a non-cancerous condition. You have not had breast cancer and not a "cancer survivor.". ...Read more

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After lumpectomy what are the best measures to practice to prevent one from having a lump or breast cancer.

After lumpectomy what are the best measures to practice to prevent one from having a lump or breast cancer.

Adjuvant treatment: For most breast cancers, after a lumpectomy adjuvant breast radiation is required to maximize local control and cure. If the tumor was more than 1cm depending on some other features, chemotherapy could be reccomended( often determined by molecular testing with oncotype dx). If the cells were hormone receptor positive then a hormone blocking pill can further decrease recurrence rates).Ask team. ...Read more

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For a 5mm intraductal breast cancer with 1mm of invasion, taken at lumpectomy and then a mastectomy performed, how many lymphs should be removed?

For a 5mm intraductal breast cancer with 1mm of invasion, taken at lumpectomy and then a mastectomy performed, how many lymphs should be removed?

It depends: The current standard is to perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy; if (+), additional nodes are removed (unless radiation therapy planned, which would not be the case with this minimal tumor). The median number of sentinel nodes people have are 2-3, however some have 1, others can have many more--this does not reflect the tumor but rather the way the breast drains towards the armpit. ...Read more

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My mums had 2 separate breast cancers 1 a lumpectomy the other was a full mastectomy my cousin also died of breast cancer shud I get checked out?

My mums had 2 separate breast cancers 1 a lumpectomy the other was a full mastectomy my cousin also died of breast cancer shud I get checked out?

Yes: Guidelines for screening mammograms in standard risk women (without a strong family history of breast cancer) recommend that mammograms begin between age 40 and 50 depending on the woman's preference. Screening starts earlier in higher risk situation such as with a family history. In this situation, I would not recommend waiting until age 50. Family Medicine, Women's Health, or OB/GYN can help ...Read more

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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. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more