Surgery for breast cancer can save your life. But if you’re like many women, you may not expect to be left with numbness. Find out how research may one day change that picture.
To treat breast cancer with surgery, you have two main options: mastectomy (complete removal of the breast) or lumpectomy (removal of only the part of the breast that has the cancer). How do you decide what is best for you?
Breast cancer doesn’t occur often in younger women. Of the more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, only about 11 percent will involve women younger than 45. Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely … Read More
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about breast cancer. It’s easy to be confused about this disease as our knowledge rapidly evolves. You might wonder how effective mammograms and monthly self-exams are in finding cancer early. Or you want to understand how breast density is related to cancer risk. Perhaps you are weighing … Read More
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Thanks to improvements in chemotherapy — and new thinking about the order of treatment — surgeons can save more women’s breasts than ever before. “Traditionally, we’ve done surgery first, then treatments such as chemotherapy,” says Stephen Grobmyer, MD, Director of Breast Services at Cleveland Clinic. “But for certain patients, it makes sense to reverse the … Read More
Advancements in screenings allow for early detection of breast cancer. Add to this all the new treatment therapies available, and it improves the outlook for many breast cancer patients. As breast cancer patients fare better and live longer, it is more important than ever that their quality of life be high. How they feel about … Read More
What will happen to my breasts? That is one of many questions women face when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, women have better breast reconstruction options than ever before. In most cases, reconstruction can even begin at the same time as a mastectomy. “Often, just knowing that there are options helps women plan … Read More
When 24-year-old Allyn Rose announced in November 2012 that she would be undergoing a prophylactic double mastectomy, she sent shockwaves through the media. Why would a beauty queen — Miss District of Columbia in 2012 and a Miss America contestant in 2013 — decide to have both of her breasts removed? She shared her answer … Read More
When a woman decides to have her breasts removed to prevent cancer, the choice is never easy. But it can be the right choice — with the right information. When actress Angelina Jolie announced today in The New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventive) double mastectomy, she brought new attention to this procedure. … Read More
For a woman facing a mastectomy, where breast tissue is removed to treat or prevent breast cancer, the emotional effects waking up from surgery can be devastating. Not only is her body drastically changed, she may face a number of reconstructive surgeries down the road. Today the new single-stage breast reconstruction can take away much … Read More