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“You have cancer.” Three words — and now, countless questions.
Surgery is usually the first line of defense when it comes to treating breast cancer and it typically includes two parts: first, excising the cancer from the breast, and second, checking the lymph nodes in the armpit (axilla) to see if the cancer has spread.
Here’s some very good news: Cancer confined to the breast – and yes, even when in lymph nodes – is curable! When the cancer is very large, or we know it has spread to other organs, chemotherapy becomes the first choice to shrink the tumor. Surgery follows chemotherapy once the breast tumor has shrunk, and/or the cancer in other organs has disappeared.
Here are some terms you should know that relate to breast surgery:
Lumpectomy – Surgery to remove cancer with a surrounding margin of healthy breast tissue in all directions around the cancer. With rare exception, everyone who has a lumpectomy for cancer receives radiation therapy to the breast afterwards.
Mastectomy – Surgery to remove the entire breast, usually including the nipple and areola, but leaving the majority of overlying skin and underlying muscles.
Sentinel Node Biopsy (SNB) – The surgical removal of the first lymph node(s) in the armpit. This node(s) receives lymphatic drainage of the breast and can be analyzed microscopically to determine if cancer has spread beyond the breast.
Complete Axillary Node Dissection (CAND) – The surgical removal of all armpit lymph nodes when one or more nodes have cancer. Since the total number of nodes a woman has varies from 10 to 35, and you have hundreds in your body, you shouldn’t miss these particular nodes.
Lymphedema – A condition characterized by chronic arm swelling. This uncommon complication of CAND, which ranges from imperceptible/mild to debilitating, can occur after the removal of axillary lymph nodes when the lymph in the arm doesn’t drain and backs up.
Radiation – While this isn’t a form of surgery, this treatment – in which energy rays are delivered to the remaining breast tissue – is common after surgery to essentially sterilize the breast cells and minimize the chances of a recurrence. The typical timeframe for radiation treatment is Monday through Friday, every day for 6½ weeks (33 treatments), with each session lasting about 1 to 3 minutes. Brachytherapy, also called “accelerated partial breast irradiation”, radiates only the tissue near the original cancer site, with as few as 10 5- to 7-minute treatments in five days.
If you took 2,000 women with a cancer under 5 centimeters and divided them into three groups who receive either lumpectomy alone, lumpectomy followed by radiation, or mastectomy, who do you think has the highest chance of dying, and in whom has the cancer been likelier to return?
Here’s the surprising answer: The chances of dying are the same for all three groups. The chances that breast cancer comes back (what’s called the recurrence rate) are highest for lumpectomy alone (40%) but they are identical for lumpectomy followed by radiation as compared to mastectomy (6-8%). So, chin up! Most women don’t have to lose their breast to save their life.
But there are reasons women opt for a mastectomy over a lumpectomy. Here are six common ones:
Wishing you the “breast” of health always!
Visit Breast Cancer: Healing the Whole Woman to read all of our breast cancer content.
Kristi Funk, M.D. is director of patient education and a surgical breast specialist at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, A Project of Women’s Guild, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. For more on Dr. Funk, go to www.pinklotusmedical.com
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