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If cancer comes back in the same breast after having breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy?
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
After previous lumpectomy and radiation therapy, if cancer comes back on the same breast- mastectomy would likely be needed.
If you were to have another lumpectomy for the local recurrence- the treatment would be suboptimal as a repeat radiation therapy likely not be recommended due to possible toxicity ( depends on how long ago the radiation was given? ).

In brief: Yes
After previous lumpectomy and radiation therapy, if cancer comes back on the same breast- mastectomy would likely be needed.
If you were to have another lumpectomy for the local recurrence- the treatment would be suboptimal as a repeat radiation therapy likely not be recommended due to possible toxicity ( depends on how long ago the radiation was given? ).
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usually
Following breast-sparing surgery such as lumpectomy or quadrantectomy for cancer, radiation is prescribed to the remaining breast tissue to minimize local recurrence.
However, if local recurrence occurs a mastectomy is usually recommended.

In brief: Usually
Following breast-sparing surgery such as lumpectomy or quadrantectomy for cancer, radiation is prescribed to the remaining breast tissue to minimize local recurrence.
However, if local recurrence occurs a mastectomy is usually recommended.
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
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