Can you tell me about breast cancer surgery?

Vital. Breast cancer is a surgical disease under most circumstances. Surgical choices include lumpectomy (removing the cancer) followed by radiation vs. Mastectomy (removing the whole breast) vs. Bilateral mastectomies (removing both breasts). Each of those options has its merits and indications. Both the doc and the patient should have a say in that choice.

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Can you tell me about breast cancer reconstructive surgery?

Yes. Several types of operations can be used to reconstruct your breast. Use of breast implants or your own tissue flap or a combination of both. Read more...

Is it normal to have sharp pains in the breast and upper back post breast cancer surgery?

Post surgery neuropa. This is likely normal post surgery. You are described post surgery neuropathic pain. This is typically a result of "cutting" of the nerves in your skin from the surgery. Most people will have improvement over time, but some will have continued pain in the region. Some patients have "phantom" pain post mastectomy because their body still thinks the breast is there, even though it was removed. Read more...
Maybe. Healing after surgery will take some weeks, and pains during this time of healing are common. Sometimes referred muscle pains can go into the back. Watch for increasing breast swelling or redness that would need to be evaluated by your surgeon. Read more...