Breast Cancer Treatments
After you’ve received a positive diagnosis of breast cancer, it is vital to begin the treatment process immediately. While surgeries are sometimes the most effective form of treatment, they are by no means the first option. At Dr. James H. Frost, all treatment plans begin with an in-depth discussion, laying out the options for treatment and assessing all the pros and cons. Cancer surgery is a major undertaking, and at times, other forms of treatment are safer and more effective for combatting the disease. Prior to any surgery, Dr. Frost will discuss breast conservation, oncoplastic surgery, mastectomy, mastectomy with immediate or delayed reconstruction, and a host of other options.
A component of treatment regimens
Breast cancer surgery is usually best utilized as an aspect of a broader treatment regimen and can be effectively combined with other techniques including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and radiation. There are different procedures involved for breast cancer surgery options, including:
- Mastectomy: Surgery to remove your entire breast.
- Lumpectomy: Surgery to remove the cancerous portion of breast tissue.
- Lymph node surgery: Removing nodes around the cancerous area of your breast.
Depending on what type of breast cancer you have and the stage at which it was diagnosed, Dr. Frost and his team will help you determine which combination of treatment techniques are best for your unique situation.
Types of breast cancer surgery
In general, there are five different forms of breast cancer surgery. Three of the surgeries involve removing the cancer from your body, and two involve reconstructing your breast tissue following treatment.
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Breast reconstruction with flap surgery
- Breast reconstruction with implants
Risks of surgery
As with any surgical procedure, it is vital to be aware of the risks associated with breast cancer surgery. These include, but are not limited to:
- Seroma (collection of fluid at incision)
- Permanent scarring
- A loss of or change in sensation in the chest
- Arm swelling
Preparing for your breast cancer surgery
It is important to prepare properly for surgery and to understand what your surgery is trying to accomplish. Dr. James H. Frost and our team of specialists will help answer the following questions to help you decide on the best course of action:
- Which operations should be done for my form of breast cancer?
- How many operations will I need?
- How much of my breast should be removed?
- What are my reconstruction options?
- Is surgery a safe option?
- What is the recovery process?
- Should I remove my healthy breast as a precautionary measure?
During and after surgery
Breast cancer surgery involves a main incision into the cancerous area where some tissue will be removed. After an assessment of the tissue, the lymph nodes (where tumors are likely to drain) may be removed. Then, if desired, the reconstructions process will begin, followed by the closure of the incision.
After surgery, there will be a significant recovery, as with any surgical operation. Dr. James H. Frost and your entire oncology team will be with you every step of the way and continue to monitor your progress to ensure you remain cancer-free.
Contact the breast cancer experts today at (609) 568-2538.