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 anonymousFamily Member or Loved One
Day 11 or 12 for me and I shaved it the day after my 2nd treatment . Too emotional for it to come out so I took control of the one thing I could and rocked a Mohawk for the next few daysComment 0
When I asked my oncologist that question he said "2 weeks"... he was right. You do not wake up on the 14th day and your hair is on your pillow.... it comes out in clumps.
Take care, Sharon
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2011
Yes chemo, femara, all these things works against your body. Just endure what everComment 0
Yes, that is the main side effects of Femara you can get treatment to help ease the flushes, talk to your gp or oncologist they will help. I am on femara as well and the hot flushes were unbearable I used to take Effexor which helped ease heaps but gave me headaches so now take Clonodine. Good luckComment 0
Asked by anonymousStage 3A Patient
If you get a bad headache taking Zofran let your Dr. Know. I was allergic to it and had to go on another nausea medicine. Good luck!Comment 1
I finished 6 treatments of tc a week ago. I was given zofran before each treatment was started, then I took one zofran that night and then 3 x a day for the next three days. Fortunately, I never had nausea. I was told if the zofran did not work I could take compazine. I was really worried about...
I finished 6 treatments of tc a week ago. I was given zofran before each treatment was started, then I took one zofran that night and then 3 x a day for the next three days. Fortunately, I never had nausea. I was told if the zofran did not work I could take compazine. I was really worried about side effects but just took and am taking one day (or hour) at a time. I wish you the best.
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2012
I had 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol, finished in early November 2011. I did get my period back in march 2012, after 8 months of not having it. Your body is going through so much with chemo, it takes a while for it to get back to a "new" normal. I turned 30 in February. I went through 34...
I had 4 A/C followed by 4 taxol, finished in early November 2011. I did get my period back in march 2012, after 8 months of not having it. Your body is going through so much with chemo, it takes a while for it to get back to a "new" normal. I turned 30 in February. I went through 34 radiation treatments and am now on tamoxifen (started about 3 weeks ago). Only time will tell what will happen with my period now that I'm taking that. Fingers crossed for some normalcy! Best of luck!
No, it is not a definite clear sign menopause. I finished all my chemo last October. I like you had hot flashes, but have had 2 periods since. I am 34. I know it is such a scary time, just hang in there and give it some time. Congrats on getting through AC.4 comments 0
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