Breast Cancer Surgery: Is Less Better than More?

Jan 30, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Live Science

Women with early stage breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving surgery do just as well, and perhaps better, in terms of survival, than those who have their breasts removed, a new study suggests.

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Jan 30, 2013
 
A lumpectomy with six weeks of radiation followed by reconstructive surgery is great ---

IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.
Faith Hope and Love

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My mother had both breasts surgically removed and no radiation. That was 15 years ago and she's still cancer free. The surgery was painful and sometimes she gets "phantom pains", probably from nerves that were damaged. Radiation can kill cancer cells, but it can also raise your risk for certain kinds of cancer, particularly for those who may be more susceptible. My mother was given a choice and her doctors felt that she made the right one.

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Faith Hope and Love wrote:
My mother had both breasts surgically removed and no radiation. That was 15 years ago and she's still cancer free. The surgery was painful and sometimes she gets "phantom pains", probably from nerves that were damaged. Radiation can kill cancer cells, but it can also raise your risk for certain kinds of cancer, particularly for those who may be more susceptible. My mother was given a choice and her doctors felt that she made the right one.
I'm glad. I was actively pressured by my doctors to have a lumpectomy, but they aren't the ones who whould have had to go through 30 radiation treatments, five a week for six weeks. I don't know anyone who didn't get a bad infection during reconstructive surgery ... and I couldn't afford either. It took six years to pay off what I did have -- chemo, herceptin and hormone therapy, and it changed me financially from someone whose retirement was well set to someone who has to constantly worry about her financial future. And to top it off, I never would have had a normal mammogram on that breast. Wouldn't be possible with all that scarrig. So every year it would be a worry, because that breast is where it's most likely to come back.

I'm not sorry for the choice I made. I hope your mother continues to do well. I am too.
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I'm glad. I was actively pressured by my doctors to have a lumpectomy, but they aren't the ones who whould have had to go through 30 radiation treatments, five a week for six weeks. I don't know anyone who didn't get a bad infection during reconstructive surgery ... and I couldn't afford either. It took six years to pay off what I did have -- chemo, herceptin and hormone therapy, and it changed me financially from someone whose retirement was well set to someone who has to constantly worry about her financial future. And to top it off, I never would have had a normal mammogram on that breast. Wouldn't be possible with all that scarrig. So every year it would be a worry, because that breast is where it's most likely to come back.
I'm not sorry for the choice I made. I hope your mother continues to do well. I am too.
Healthcare is ridiculously expensive. That shouldn't have to be. My mother didn't have the reconstructive surgery. She didn't want it. But in spite of telling this to her surgeon, he went ahead and left a large pocket on each side of the surgically removed breasts (extra tissue). I suppose he was hoping she'd change her mind ($$$). Anyway, these "sacks" fill up with fluid from time to time and cause discomfort. Not only that, but after the surgery, they wanted to release her from the hospital the following day. She a had a fever and was nauseous the day she was to be released. I told the nurse I refused to let my mother leave in that condition. I demanded that the doctor speak with me and I wouldn't take no for an answer. I told them I would report them to whomever I had to and I would spread the word about their practices. One doctor came in and examined my mother and agreed she was in no way ready to leave the hospital. She was so ill that they kept her there for 2 1/2 weeks. Damn insurance companies want their money but they could care less about you when you really need them. Glad to know you're doing well Gail. Blessings to you and stay well.:)

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Faith Hope and Love wrote:
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Healthcare is ridiculously expensive. That shouldn't have to be. My mother didn't have the reconstructive surgery. She didn't want it. But in spite of telling this to her surgeon, he went ahead and left a large pocket on each side of the surgically removed breasts (extra tissue). I suppose he was hoping she'd change her mind ($$$). Anyway, these "sacks" fill up with fluid from time to time and cause discomfort. Not only that, but after the surgery, they wanted to release her from the hospital the following day. She a had a fever and was nauseous the day she was to be released. I told the nurse I refused to let my mother leave in that condition. I demanded that the doctor speak with me and I wouldn't take no for an answer. I told them I would report them to whomever I had to and I would spread the word about their practices. One doctor came in and examined my mother and agreed she was in no way ready to leave the hospital. She was so ill that they kept her there for 2 1/2 weeks. Damn insurance companies want their money but they could care less about you when you really need them. Glad to know you're doing well Gail. Blessings to you and stay well.:)
My surgeon left a "pocket" in case I changed my mind also. The area would look better if he had not. Now the I have medicare, maybe I'll have it done, but I don't think I'll bother. They didn't have any way to do it when my mother had breast cancer -- she was 39 in 1957 -- and she didn't see it as a big deal. She also had a long scar down her arm where they removed the lymph nodes. She never tried to hide any of it. My mother was far from perfect but she was a great role model for not getting too flapped over breast cancer (and she had a really good figure).

It could be so much worse. The sister of a friend of mine recently died of pancreatic cancer. There was only a VERY low probability that she would survive it. I was LUCKY to have breast cancer. Breasts don't keep me alive, and removing one didn't kill me. It didn't compromise what I could do, as losing a lung would.

I was lucky.

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Jan 31, 2013
 
whatever it takes is just fine..

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whatever it takes is just fine..
Exactly. It was frustrating to me that the doctors kept pushing for a lumpectomy because they knew my financial situation.
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Feb 1, 2013
 
Before surgery.......extract root canals by a dentist who knows how to extract them correctly. He should protect himself and you from the toxic fumes root canal have in them. Make sure they scrape the bone and thoroughly cleanse the tissue. More than likely the root canal is on the meridian of the tumor.
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Feb 1, 2013
 
You might Not need surgery if the root canal is the root cause of the tumor.

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Feb 1, 2013
 
I thouht I had heard all the crackpot theories, but this one takes the cake. I wish I had a blue ribbon to award!

I checked it out. I had those teeth pulled YEARS ago. They weren't in my mouth and hadn't been for decades when I developed breast cancer.

Do you REALLY want to do this to a healthy tooth to prevent breast cancer? Only someone who is so busy reading made up stuff that they don't have time to read the true medical research could possibly swallow such nonsense. I was amazed that one holistic dentist sent a woman to a seminar on all these alternative causes for conditions -- the woman admitted she didn't understand anything she heard.

Wow. REAL research can be explained, but you have to avoid going to a kook with a degree to get that.

PLEASE, folks. There is no need to die from breast cancer much of the time, but if you delay diagnosis (many people out there trying to scare you away from that) or delay effective treatment because you read a book by ditz-of-the-century Suzanne Somers, the result *easily* could be an unnecessary death from cancer.

Don't you see these guys are doing a GREAT job of drumming up cu$tomer$ with this nonsense? Because all of these "alternate" causes, you don't dare do ANYTHING without consultig with them. What's more, if mainstream medicine can't help you, and you turn to alternatives, you don't need your head filled with so much twaddle that you can't make intelligent choices about alternatives.

Be careful out there. The guy with the biggest smile and the slickest story may be the one diving deepest into your wallet -- and your wallet may well be all he really cares about.

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