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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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  • Isabelle McCoy Profile

    I have been diagnosed with Estorgen Receptor positive breast cancer...had lumpectomy

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Isabelle, Like Marianne, I am also sorry you joined our club. Where are you in your treatment other than having a lumpectomy? I read your bio and it said you had a large tumor, so have had surgery and have found it is estrogen +. I was also ER+ PR+ Her2-
      My internist said to me at one...

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      Isabelle, Like Marianne, I am also sorry you joined our club. Where are you in your treatment other than having a lumpectomy? I read your bio and it said you had a large tumor, so have had surgery and have found it is estrogen +. I was also ER+ PR+ Her2-
      My internist said to me at one point...."At least you have the good kind of breast cancer."
      Meaning it is hormone sensitive. I also see in your bio, you are living the life you are supposed to yet you still got breast cancer. One thing about this disease, it seems to not play favorites and can strike anyone. I never smoked, or drank alcohol, have no family members with breast cancer, live on a farm and work hard every day.... breast cancer at 59. You have a lot of sisters here... lots of women going through treatment, a few fossils like me, 5 years post treatment and cancer free. Please keep in touch with us. We are here to help anyone going through treatment. So sorry you joined the party.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Pat Lawrence Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2005

      Hi Isabelle I also had ER breast cancer. Had lumpectomy radiotherapy tamoxifen for 3 years and aromasin for 2 years. Have now been clear for 7 years altogether. Found it really helpful talking to others that had been and are going through it. Only they can understand !!! Hope all goes well with...

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      Hi Isabelle I also had ER breast cancer. Had lumpectomy radiotherapy tamoxifen for 3 years and aromasin for 2 years. Have now been clear for 7 years altogether. Found it really helpful talking to others that had been and are going through it. Only they can understand !!! Hope all goes well with you.

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  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    Can anyone give me an idea of how long until I can go for walks/light jogs? I'm having a lumpectomy in a week and I really enjoy getting outside and walking. It clears my mind and helps me deal.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Go Rosanna, It might be a little while before you can jog, but you can walk as soon as you feel up to it. It really aids in healing and jump starting the damaged lymph system. That will help with keeping down fluid retention. Be sure to wear that all important soft sports bra to keep jiggling to...

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      Go Rosanna, It might be a little while before you can jog, but you can walk as soon as you feel up to it. It really aids in healing and jump starting the damaged lymph system. That will help with keeping down fluid retention. Be sure to wear that all important soft sports bra to keep jiggling to a minimum. It supports the breast tissue and minimizes that painful tug on the stitches. It felt great to have my breast gently pressed against my chest. It saved me holding on to it. My doc wouldn't let me wear my underwire during recovery and preferred that i never would again, but I can't anyway because it really hurts the node incision and runs along the scar at the bottom of my breast. I also swell along the scar when I wear it. I couldn't wear a front opening in the sports bra, had to go with the back closure. I just found it more comfortable. Still sleep in it a lot for support after almost 6 months. Three days out of surgery, my husband dug the holes and I planted tomatoes. Gotta dig in the dirt. Be sure you get your post-op orders and call the doctor with any questions or concerns. Do your shopping before your surgery for button up pjs and bras. I was so glad I did that ahead of time. As soon as the bandage came off I put it on. You're already ahead of the game if you're a walker/jogger.
      Good luck. Keep us posted. Jo :_)

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I felt good after my lumpectomy. The weather was quite hot so didn't walk outside (it was June). I wore the surgical bra they gave me at the time of surgery when I walked. I went grocery shopping and walked in the mall the same week I had surgery. Dr said it was good to move. Just listen to your...

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      I felt good after my lumpectomy. The weather was quite hot so didn't walk outside (it was June). I wore the surgical bra they gave me at the time of surgery when I walked. I went grocery shopping and walked in the mall the same week I had surgery. Dr said it was good to move. Just listen to your body so you don't over do it.

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    My fiancé has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer based on a 2.2cm tumor. One Dr is advocating chemo first to shrink it other says shrinking makes sense on a larger tumor and is not worth the risks leaving it in longer to shrink from a 2cm to 1cm.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Kimberly Levesque Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had chemo first, my tumor was 5cms, so the original plan was to shrink it and have a lumpectomy...I finished chemo in June and decided to have a bi-lateral masectomy in Aug. I was told that I had a full response to chemo, when they operated they found no cancer, it had done its job!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I also had the same size tumor and there was no mention of chemo. first to shrink it. It might be because of the location of the tumor? It is hard to say with us not being oncologists or surgeons. The good thing about treatment today is it is so individualized for each patient. There is no...

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      I also had the same size tumor and there was no mention of chemo. first to shrink it. It might be because of the location of the tumor? It is hard to say with us not being oncologists or surgeons. The good thing about treatment today is it is so individualized for each patient. There is no shotgun blast types of treatments any more. It gets down to the type, stage, grade, location, size and hormone status of the tumor before a treatment plan is worked out for each patient. Your fiance should probably ask the questions that you're bringing up because they are good ones. It would come into my mind too. Chemotherapy is tough and not only tough on cancer but tough on the human body. As I said, your questions are good ones to be asked of the oncologist. Take care, Sharon

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    Finished chemo and lumpectomy less than 3 wks away. Been strong through it all but suddenly feeling very emotional. Tumor has shrunk and no nodes indicated so all positives. Guess it's the unknown...??

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_4 Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There's always fear of the unknown. It sounds like you had a good response with chemo, congrats. You will be OK, I'm certain, take care.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Congrats on finishing chemo! Celebrate! It is normal to have a roller coaster of emotions during the cancer journey. Allow yourself to feel the emotion, then try to move on to something that brings you joy. Yoga is a great stress reliever! If you feel blue most of the time, talk with your...

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      Congrats on finishing chemo! Celebrate! It is normal to have a roller coaster of emotions during the cancer journey. Allow yourself to feel the emotion, then try to move on to something that brings you joy. Yoga is a great stress reliever! If you feel blue most of the time, talk with your doctor. Love this quote: Don't miss the sun today, worrying about the rain coming tomorrow! I am an 11 year BC survivor and still worry... but please trust me.... it does get better and life is good after breast cancer! Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery. Keep us posted on how you are doing! We care about you!

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