Chapter: 6 - Treatment
Subchapter: 3 - Surgery
The first step and most common form of treatment for breast cancer is surgery. This involves removing the tumor and getting clear the margins; the margin is the surrounding tissue that might be cancerous. The goal of surgery is to remove not only the tumor, but also enough of the margin to be able to test for the spread of the cancer.
Some people with Stage 2 or 3 cancer may receive chemotherapy first, which is known as “pre-operative “ or “neoadjuvant” chemotherapy. The goal is to shrink the tumor. By making it smaller, you may have the option of a breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy.
In the past, surgery often required removing the, entire breast, chest wall
and all axillary lymph nodes in a procedure called a radical mastectomy. While mastectomies are less common today, there are instances in which this surgery is the best option to treat the cancer.
The more common mastectomy procedures are:
- Simple Mastectomy, also known as total mastectomy, which requires removal of the breast, nipple,areola
and sentinel lymph node or nodes.
- Modified Radical Mastectomy, which requires removal of the
entire breast, nipple, areola
and axillary lymph nodes.
- Skin-Sparing Mastectomy, which requires removal of the, breast, nipple, areola and sentinel lymph node (or nodes) but not the breast skin.
If you are thinking about breast reconstruction, you should consult your medical team before the mastectomy. Even if you plan to have your reconstruction later, this is a way for you to learn about your options.
Asked by anonymousStage 2B Patient
I had radiation 1 month after lumpectomy. Your wound has to heal first before they begin radiation. 35 treatments after & last 5 we're boost treatments directly @ the incision area.Comment 0
I had only a surgical biopsy on September 30, 2011. I met my radiation oncologist on October 28, 2011. I started radiation on October 31. My goal was to finish radiation by Christmas and I did.Comment 0
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in...
I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in mine. Wish you well!
I had the oncotype DX test but it is my understanding it is not used for all types of breast cancer. I believe it is used specifically for estrogen positive cancers -- I do not think it is used for HER cancers, but your oncologist would know the answer to this.Comment 1
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2012
Ask your doc if the neurontin can be increased. It is finally helping me after it was increased.3 comments 0
You might consider accupunture which doesn't have the nasty side effects of the drugs. Acupuncture worked for me quite well.3 comments 0
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2011
I had my saline implants put in in August of 2011. I am still recovering. No pain except nerves regenerating. It's like a burning itchy feeling. You will feeling more normal everyday. I should say your new normal. Just take it one day at a time because everyone is different. God Bless you.Comment 1
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