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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 5 - Breast Tissue Conservation Surgeries

If the cancer is detected early enough, there are options that will remove the cancer while preserving breast tissue. The common types are the lumpectomy (most often followed by breast radiation treatments) and the partial mastectomy.

Lumpectomy
A lumpectomy usually removes the least amount of breast tissue. The surgeon removes the cancer and a small portion of the surrounding tissue, but not the breast itself. Even though the lumpectomy is the least invasive breast cancer surgery, it can still be very effective, and further surgery may not be needed.

Partial Mastectomy
A partial mastectomy requires the surgeon to remove a larger portion of the breast than in the lumpectomy — perhaps a whole segment or quadrant of tissue — in order to eliminate the cancer. Occasionally, the surgeon will remove some of the lining over the chest muscles as well.

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    I'm having a lumpectomy this coming Monday. How can I prepare myself for surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • jen sou Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I had nesting behavior a week before mine, I cleaned everything and got new sheets. Eat well the night before, take a bath, try to relax. Go get some comfy pjs for after! I looked up the procedures on YouTube , that made me feel better but I know not everyone wants to watch it. Bring something...

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      I had nesting behavior a week before mine, I cleaned everything and got new sheets. Eat well the night before, take a bath, try to relax. Go get some comfy pjs for after! I looked up the procedures on YouTube , that made me feel better but I know not everyone wants to watch it. Bring something to do at the hospital while you wait.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I like what Jen Sou said above. She gave great advice. I would like to add a couple things. Be sure to get a sports bra that buckles in the front because sometimes you will just want to loosen it for a while. I got one from walmart that worked well. Wear a shirt that buttons or zips in the front...

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      I like what Jen Sou said above. She gave great advice. I would like to add a couple things. Be sure to get a sports bra that buckles in the front because sometimes you will just want to loosen it for a while. I got one from walmart that worked well. Wear a shirt that buttons or zips in the front on Monday too. So much easier to get on after surgery. A little pillow works well for under your arm but very small like size of a folded towel. Be sure to ask for something for nausea so you have it on hand in case you need it because the anesthesia sometimes does that. Please let us know how you are doing. Hugs!

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  • anonymous Profile

    Has anyone experienced this? I had two lumpectomies a few weeks ago. Since then my hot flashes have increased a ton. I'm not sure if it's stress or what is going on.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hit post to soon...learned to cope because I wasn't willing to add anti depressant or seizure meds, to the meds I take. You have to decide that part for yourself. Fans and open windows can be your best friend.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Not sure what it would be but one thing I found was some of the pain medication I was on was causing me to have more hot flashes.

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  • anonymous Profile

    Usually, how soon after lumpectomies and ending radiation treatment do you have a mammogram to see that everything looks clear?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I went for a monogram 1 year after

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I went for a monogram 1 year after

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  • teresa scott Profile

    I have my lumpectomy on 11-19-12. the surgeon can feel the lump and siad "hmm, this is deep?! under the breast tissue. you felt this? i said "yes!!" now i am scared because it is deep. Any advice on what i will be able to do after this surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Mine was deep too. It was bigger than everyone expected. Everyone is so different it

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Theresa,
      I had a mastectomy and had no post operative pain.... I mean NO PAIN. I never had to even take an aspirin. BUT.... that is not the case with everybody. You won't know what you can or can't do until after the surgery is done. I had full mobility of movement where as other women don't....

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      Theresa,
      I had a mastectomy and had no post operative pain.... I mean NO PAIN. I never had to even take an aspirin. BUT.... that is not the case with everybody. You won't know what you can or can't do until after the surgery is done. I had full mobility of movement where as other women don't. They will give you pain medication and don't try to be superwoman after the surgery. You WILL get through this just like we all have. It is just difficult to predict how you will feel.... hopefully you will be on the side I was.... pretty comfy. Hang in there darlin' you will make it! Take care, Sharon

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