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What are the side-effects of breast cancer treatment?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Depends on treatment

This is a complex question.
Each treatment-surgery, radiation, chemo, hormonal- has it's own uniques set of side effects. In addition, not everyone will experience side effects. The good news is that most side effects can be managed with treatment or medications. Be sure to ask your oncology team questions.

In brief: Depends on treatment

This is a complex question.
Each treatment-surgery, radiation, chemo, hormonal- has it's own uniques set of side effects. In addition, not everyone will experience side effects. The good news is that most side effects can be managed with treatment or medications. Be sure to ask your oncology team questions.
Dr. Regina Hampton
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
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In brief:

Breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Side effects of surgery are related to removal of lymph nodes. This can cause lymphedema, but only in about 1/3 of patients. The chemotherapy can cause numbness, aka neuropathy, and the radiation can cause scarring of the skin. Overall the side effects of therapy are considered mild compared to untreated cancer which can be fatal.

In brief:

Breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Side effects of surgery are related to removal of lymph nodes. This can cause lymphedema, but only in about 1/3 of patients. The chemotherapy can cause numbness, aka neuropathy, and the radiation can cause scarring of the skin. Overall the side effects of therapy are considered mild compared to untreated cancer which can be fatal.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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With modern advances in lymph node surgery, our rate of lymphedema is now in the single digits.
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