What are the side effects of breast-sparing surgery and radiation?

Not too many. Surgery with breast sparing and radiation is a very common procedure for small early breast cancers. There will some minor surgical scar, and some women experience temporary breast skin redness or breast swelling with the radiation treatments. It is a very successful treatment in early cancers and avoids complete mastectomy surgery.

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What all does radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery involve?

Depends on technique. Classic radiation is given via external beams to whole breast over 6-7 weeks with primarily local affect like mild repeated sunburn (redness, irritation-more extreme may incl. Blistering or peeling). Newer techniques if a larger daily dose cn be given can reduce the time to 3-4 weeks. Other option is accelerated partial breast usually w/implanted device and seeds over 5 days. Read more...
Prevent recurrence. Thi is done to sterilize the breast from any stray cancer cells that may have remained after the resection. It is done to equalize recurrence rates after preserving the breast to those after mastectomy. Read more...

What does it mean to have radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery?

No mastectomy. In some types of breast cancer, the tumor is removed without a mastectomy, then x-ray therapy is used to make sure all the tumor is treated. Read more...
Sterilize the breast. The purpose of radiation therapy after lumpectomy is to lower the risk of local recurrence. This can be given from the "outside-in" (external beam) over 4-7 weeks, or, in select cases, over 5 days from the "inside-out" (brachytherapy). Intraoperative radiation therapy is a popular alternative in Europe and is just beginning to gain traction in the US. Read more...

What are my chances of cancer coming back if I have breast-sparing surgery with radiation?

Depends. The risk for recurrence of breast cancer after a lumpectomy and an adjuvant radiation therapy would depend on the stage and the biology of the breast cancer ( estrogen/prgesteron receptor, her2neu status, tumor size, lymph nodes involvement, k1-67 etc). Having an adjuvant radiation therapy after surgery will only reduce the risk for local recurrence of breast cancer to the same breast area. D/w md. Read more...
Depends. The risk of local recurrence following conservative surgery and radiation for breast cancer is slightly higher than with mastectomy but does not affect survival. The risk of distant relapse depends on the stage, grade, presence or absence of biological receptors and number of positive axillary nodes. Higher # of positive nodes portends higher risk of relapse which can be reduced by adjuvant tx. Read more...

What are the chances of the cancer coming back if I had breast-sparing surgery with radiation?

About 1 in 12. On average, ten years after breast-sparing surgery and radiation, 1 in 12 women will have a local recurrence (a cancer that comes back in the same breast.) the good news: even if you have such a recurrence, you are no more likely to die of breast cancer than women who had a mastectomy. Read more...
Low. If you had breast sparing surgery and just radiation most likely you had early stage breast cancer with favorable factors, negative lymph nodes etc. That did not require chemotherapy. There is a good chance 80-90% chance of disease not to come back. You may also be getting anti estrogen therapy that can even improve the odds up to 95% control. Read more...

If cancer comes back in the same breast after having a breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy then? Will I be able to have breast reconstruction even though I have had radiation?

Yes. Yes to both. Since you can't have radiation twice in the same breast, most women need a mastectomy if the cancer returns after breast-sparing surgery. You have several reconstruction options after previous radiation, depending on how your breast tissue responded to radiation. Talk to a plastic surgeon about options. Read more...
Maybe. Recurrence after radiation most often means mastectomy. Unfortunately, after radiation for breast cancer, the tissue is changed in a way that limits the options for reconstruction. Ordinarily the simplest method uses a tissue expander followed by an implant, but radiated tissue doesn't expand well and capsular contracture is common. Flaps such as diep or tram are preferable in that instance. Read more...
Yes. Under normal circumstances, several reconstructive options can be offered to you after breast conservation surgery and/or radiation. In most cases, radiation can not be offered again due to limits of the body to a lifetime dose of radiation. Reconstruction after breast sparing surgery is still a very common occurrence. Speak to a plastic surgeon regarding all the options. Read more...
Maybe. As far as mastectomy with recurrence, the best person to speak to is your breast surgeon as they should be aware of the most recent studies on radiation and recurrence. As far as reconstruction, implants are more complicated with radiation and generally a flap reconstruction is a better alternative. The best option is to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon about this. Read more...
Yes to both. If the breast has already been irradiated and a cancer recurs, the only option is mastectomy. Breast reconstruction is usually possible; but choices are limited, the procedure must be done cautiously, and the complication rate is higher. Read more...
Yes & qualified Yes. Local recurrence in a previously radiated breast makes reconstruction riskier and more difficult. If there is marked skin thickening and fibrosis or deformity, flap reconstruction is probably a better choice. If those findings do not pertain, methods using expanders and prostheses plus allpoderm (which require no donor site)can be tried first, saving a flap as a "backup"or "lifeboat" operation. Read more...
Yes. Most women that suffer a recurrence of their breast cancer in the same breast after breast conservation (lumpectomy and radiation) go on to have a mastectomy. It is certainly possible to have breast reconstruction even though you have had previous radiation. Read more...
Breast cancer. Yes you can have breast reconstruction. If there is a recurrence after lumpectomy and radiation then after your work up you choose to have a mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction i typically recommend the use if your own tissue for the reconstruction. Several wound healing issues can develop on previously radiated and operated tissues. Read more...
Mastectomy. Was mandatory before nsabp b-04. Little data trying to conserve after an in breast relapse, and all would first offer mastectomy. A second breast salvage is unproven. Excision + partial breast option would be an outside the norm discussion. Breast reconstruction, immediate or later, can be done, on case by case basis. Discuss with your provider team. Read more...
Yes,?implant ?tummy. The option of breast reconstruction is always available for majority of patients undergoing cancer treatment. If the longterm radiation effect on the tissues is limited and you don't require expansion then a one stage implant breast mound reconstruction is still possible but commonly an autogenous tissue reconstruction is required if radiation damage is more severe. Be sure to get brca gene tested. Read more...