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For early breast cancer, lumpectomy is at least as good as mastectomy
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I think that with the amount of us affected by cancer these days education about how to deal with the emotional side is very important. I can say that I’m an expert but I think that most women would opt for the mastectomy as they believe if they don’t have a breast they are less likely to have a recurrence of the cancer. The only reason for this is you are put in a position where you have to make a choice and you have no knowledge of the possible outcomes so the choice is made from general logic rather than an educated choice. I just wonder how many lives could be saved if we educated some of these women.
Why do women wanted to remove their entire breast when they are diagnosed with early cancer stage? Though the recurrences is 90+% sure.
I had a lumpectomy last May. That’s what I chose vs a masectomy. It’s what I felt more comfy with and I went on to do chemo (4 cycles) and radiation (33 treatments). There is no history of breast cancer-that I know of- in my family. Good to have a big support system!! I think positive thoughts helps a lot!
Very useful article, I read about breast cancer in one forum, it is dangerous.
Which is more prone in breast cancer? If i am not mistaken one of the best natural cancer killer is by just drinking a carrot.Right?
I can only imagine how hard that would be to make the choice between the two. This was really good information, sounds like it was very thorough research.
For a study like this, giving more information on the family history will throw more light on my options. I am currently deciding between these 2 options and it’s really difficult. A friend of mine with early stage breast cancer opted for mastectomy because her mom and sister did not survive. My mom survives, does it mean the cancer cell is our family is less aggressive, hence I should opt for lumpectomy?
As the article states, much of the decision depends on your point of view. Do what is comfortable for you, depending on where you live and the availability of your treatments. I chose lumpectomy and traveled 100 miles for my surgery. My surgeon does Mammoplasty and Oncoplasty, using plastic surgery techniques, which result in a wonderful cosmetic outcome.
I also had IORT(Intra-operative radiation) at the time of surgery, which shortens the treatments afterward to 3 weeks, rather than 6 weeks (15 treatments, as opposed to 30). Take your time, research using reliable sources on the internet or otherwise. Ask lots of questions! If you don’t get answers, try another source. You are important and this is an important decision for you!
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