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Is it necesary that a mastectomy or quadrantectomy be required after complete pathological response to breast cancer?

Yes and depends. We have never been able to prove that leaving breast cancer in place after chemo or hormone treatment alone with complete path response is safe. We could shrink to perform breast conserving surgery but at times mastectomy may be indicated. We look forward to a trial that is looking at radiation vs not in complete responders who present with more advanced breast cancer. Read more...
Yes. . The problem is you will not know it is a complete pathological response until the area is removed, proving that there was no microscopic cancer left. Theoretically, if we somehow knew it was a complete pathological response prior to surgery, then maybe it would not be necessary, but that is not possible at this time without surgery. Read more...

Mother had tubular-lobular breast cancer and they also found a small area of dcis during mastectomy pathological analysis. Is this common?

Yes. Complete pathology review following mastectomy surgery can often identify other small microscopic lesions. Dcis is a non-invasive early brsst cancer & would not affect the prognosis nor likely change her treatment plans. This is also an example of why additional treatment with hormone & radiation therapy is given if a person had only had a lumpectomy surgery. Read more...

My tumour marker with 1mm breast cancer invasion was 9.3. After mastectomy it is still 9.3. Does that mean it wasnt actually cancer?

Misunderstanding? There's no scientific tumor marker for a 1 mm breast cancer. Perhaps this is a misunderstanding. There are some unscientific "tumor markers" offered as blood tests by charlatans, but nothing in evidence-based medicine to indicate a small breast cancer has been excised. Read more...
No. Breast cancer is diagnosed with a microscope, not a blood test. Your tumor marker being normal before and after surgery tells me nothing at all. People may have cancer and their marker can be normal or have an elevated marker without having cancer. Best of luck to you. Read more...

How do doctors check for breast cancer after a mastectomy?

See below. Hi, despite all the breast tissue being removed, there is always microscopic breast cells that may be under the skin. The doctors will check all the skin at the mastectomy site to "feel" if there is local recurrence. They will also check the armpit as well to make sure there are no lymph nodes that are swollen. Read more...
General check ups. An oncologist is a cancer specialist who will examine the pateints and look for any local signs of recurrence in the breast(in case the breast was not removed with mastectomy) and also examine the chest area and the opposite breast. There are also blood tests, chest x-ray and ct scans to look for internal spread of cancer in the abdomen. Read more...

Can you tell me about breast cancer survivors with mastectomy?

There are some . Great stories about breast cancer survivors in this article: http://www.Womenshealthmag.Com/health/breast-cancer-survivors *** if this is the type of information you desired then please clarify and re-ask. Read more...

Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Well. The treatment . Plan depends on a number of factors that would need to be discussed with the breast surgeon, radiation oncologist etc. Was a total mastectomy recommended for a stage 1 breast cancer? Read more...

I have breast cancer in the family and high risk. Offered double mastectomy, should I get it?

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...

Do you have to be at least 18 to have a mastectomy if it isn't for breast cancer or tumor reasons, simply cosmetic?

No. It is hard to imagine why a mastectomy would be recommended for cosmetic reasons, but breast reductions can be done in adolescence, with parental consent. Read more...