Breast cancer treatments have improved greatly over time and you have more options than ever. Some breast cancer treatments—such as radiation and surgery, like lumpectomy—are local, aimed at the tumor s and removing them from your body. Others chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are systemic, meaning their goal is to chase down and destroy stray cancer cells throughout your body.
Treatment for early or locally advanced breast cancer aims to remove the cancer and reduce the risk of the cancer spreading or coming back recurring. As there are different types of breast cancer, treatment varies from person to person. Your doctors will recommend the most suitable treatment for you.
Intraoperative radiotherapy IORT for early stage breast cancer is a technique for partial breast irradiation. There are several technologies in clinical use to perform breast IORT. Regardless of technique, IORT generally refers to the delivery of a single dose of radiation to the periphery of the tumor bed in the immediate intraoperative time frame, although some protocols have performed IORT as a second procedure.
Acquisition of negative resection margins is paramount in the surgical management of operable breast cancer. Management of positive margins following mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction is presently poorly defined. The present study aims at defining morbidity and cosmetic sequela of re-excision procedures aimed at clearing involved mastectomy margins in the setting of immediate autologous breast reconstruction.
The main goal of surgery is to prevent the cancer from coming back to the area where it originated in your body. Breast-conserving therapy is done by removing the cancer, with clear margins, and necessary lymph nodes, then letting radiation destroy any remaining cells. This method does not remove the breast itself.
Although the majority of breast cancers are currently diagnosed by needle biopsy, there are valid exceptions for which this may not be possible or necessary, and thus require surgical excision 1. In addition, surgical excision is the first biopsy choice for breast cancer in certain centers, due to cultural reasons. Approximately half of breast cancer patients in China are diagnosed by excision biopsy 2.
There are a number of benefits to choosing a lumpectomy over mastectomy, including a shorter recovery period following surgery, the avoidance of lengthy breast reconstruction, and survival odds equal to that of women who have a mastectomy. But there is also a downside: the risk of needing additional surgery if not all of the cancer is removed the first time. A study published in the August JAMA Surgery shows that between and about 60 percent of women with early-stage breast cancer had a lumpectomy. During a lumpectomy, the surgeon aims to remove the tumor along with a narrow surrounding margin of cancer-free tissue.
I've only known I had breast cancer since 22nd August, so I couldn't bring myself to post to 'living with cancer'. I don't feel I'm quite there yet. Surgery for lump is scheduled on 14th September.