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How can early-stage breast cancer be treated?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Complex

Always surgery: mastectomy and lumpectomy.
In either case, a sentinel node biopsy in the armpit (axilla) will be done and possibly a full axillary node dissection. Usually (if > 1cm and/or estrogen receptor negative) chemotherapy and/or hormonal blockade. Often radiotherapy: if no mastectomy or if mastectomy and + lymph nodes.

In brief: Complex

Always surgery: mastectomy and lumpectomy.
In either case, a sentinel node biopsy in the armpit (axilla) will be done and possibly a full axillary node dissection. Usually (if > 1cm and/or estrogen receptor negative) chemotherapy and/or hormonal blockade. Often radiotherapy: if no mastectomy or if mastectomy and + lymph nodes.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very Successfully

Primary rx is surgical, either lumpectomy or mastectomy (equal survival), with sentinel lymph node biopsy.
If lump-x, rx must then include radiation therapy. Depending upon the stage and tumor-specific factors, chemotherapy may be recommended. Following these guidelines, most women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will be cured.

In brief: Very Successfully

Primary rx is surgical, either lumpectomy or mastectomy (equal survival), with sentinel lymph node biopsy.
If lump-x, rx must then include radiation therapy. Depending upon the stage and tumor-specific factors, chemotherapy may be recommended. Following these guidelines, most women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will be cured.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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