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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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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Just got my Oncotype test results back... It's a 5 . What does this mean to my prognosis? ILC stage 1b 0.3 cm grade 1 with LCIS had lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed 1 had a micro something in it doctor said he got good clean margins and no cancer left...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just wondering, what number are you talking about? Number of what or number for what? I'm lost.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor...

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      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor about it today, he said that the oncotype for invasive vs. the oncotype for DCIS indicate different treatments. If it's high and invasive, the analysis is for chemo. If it's DCIS and high, the analysis is for radiation.
      Just an interesting tidbit I never knew. Either way you look at it though, a 5 is great. Best of luck to you!

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    I had a Lumpectomy a couple of months ago. The tumor was about the size of a golf ball. I have been left with a deformed nipple and about a 3 inch scar. I am finding it so hard to cope emotionally, will I ever feel normal or whole again?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 11 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Acceptance will come with time and you will begin to feel normal again. I have the same and it's been about six months now since surgery. i felt and still from time to time feel the way you do sweetie and I understand. I recently started telling my husband i have my normal well behaved side ( non...

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      Acceptance will come with time and you will begin to feel normal again. I have the same and it's been about six months now since surgery. i felt and still from time to time feel the way you do sweetie and I understand. I recently started telling my husband i have my normal well behaved side ( non surgical side ) and this ( surgical side) is the crazy side of me shining through:) and we laugh about that together because it so true. making humor out of unpleasant situations sometimes helps me deal with it and put it in perspective. I ask myself " how big am I going to allow this thing to be in my life?" My scars are not what makes me who I am. Going through this is just simply part of Gods plan for my life. Wherever he takes me now I can proudly carry the marks of my mission because I'm sure he will use this and me in some way if he has not already. I was on Facebook this am and someone sent me something that was very inspiring. It's a picture of a little girl, maybe about five years old and she has Down's syndrome . She is so happy, dancing and laughing. Her t shirt says " I rock this extra chromosome !" . Lets stand in front of the mirror and say " I rock because ( fill in the blank with something positive you know about YOU ) . The you inside , your heart is what makes you beautiful. Bigs hugs and prayers for you sister.

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I have said from early in the breast cancer journey that cancer will always be part of me but I WILL NOT let it define who I a

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  • Patricia Lindley Profile

    Should I get a lumpectomy or mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I went in sugery expecting a lumpwctomy and ended up with a 7.3 cc lump and margins followed by 6 round of chemo and 35 radiation trearment an 5 uear of tamoxifem. 1/4 of my breast is gone the partial was my choice I'm happy with my choicr.

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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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