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Margins … Ugh!

Published On: |Eric Brown

Complete excision of breast cancer is the goal of surgery.  Obtaining clear, microscopic margins can be a challenge.  Having involved margins occurs in 25-30% of cases, thus requiring a second operation (re-excision).  The challenge is not based on the technical aspects of surgery, but the fact that disease as a margin is most often microscopic; […]

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Are double mastectomies unnecessary?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

A new study published in JAMA Surgery found that preventative double mastectomies might not be as beneficial as the public is led to believe. The paper, from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that of the 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo a contralateral prophylactic […]

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What is a Mastectomy?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Mastectomy is a surgical procedure for breast cancer that involves removing malignant tissues of the breast. Depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the entire breast may be removed along with the axillary lymph node (underarm) to keep cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. A double mastectomy, or the removal of both […]

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Treating Breast Cancer: Surgery

Published On: |Kylie Chin

There are quite a few breast cancer treatment options and you may feel overwhelmed when initially discussing and weighing decisions with your doctor. While the options will be narrowed by several determining factors (type/stage of cancer, your overall health, and whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones) the ultimate decision is largely based on […]

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