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...SURGERY FOR BREAST CANCER IS NOT ABOUT REMOVING BREASTS, ALWAYS…(contd.) The treatment of breast cancer has undergone major improvements and this has been reflected in how the outcomes have changed dramatically for the better. While curing the disease is a priority, maintaining quality of life is as important. The journey that has been covered before us is no less fascinating and the constant endeavor to make it better for the patient has driven the change. Mutilating surgeries in the form of amputation of the breast and then radical mastectomy (removal of the breast, muscles of the chest and the lymph nodes in the armpit ) or the extended radical mastectomy( same as radical mastectomy but with the additional removal of lymph nodes inside the chest) remained in vogue for a larger part of the 20th century. ...to be continued.....More history in the next update
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Surgery aims to remove the breast cancer with a margin (border) of normal tissue to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back in the breast (known as local recurrence) and to try to stop any spread elsewhere in the body. The amount of tissue removed depends on the area of the breast affected and the size of the cancer in your breast. Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath - Best Breast Cancer Surgeon in Delhi
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The major advantage of having oncoplastic surgery is having the ability to remove cancer without leaving a disfiguring defect in the breast. After thorough tumor removal, the surgeon reshapes the remaining breast tissue to try to maintain the shape and contour of the breast. This not only achieves a normal-appearing breast shape after lumpectomy but can often improve the appearance of the breast, without the use of artificial implants or transplanted tissue. Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath - Breast Cancer Treatment in Delhi
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SURGERY FOR BREAST CANCER IS NOT ABOUT REMOVING BREASTS, ALWAYS… While all this continued as the standard of care for the first 65 years of the 20th century, some smart minds in the medical field started questioning the necessity of performing such radical surgeries to get optimum results. Trials got underway to compare mastectomy versus breast conservation surgery in the 1970s. A pathologist turned surgeon, Dr Umberto Veronesi, pioneered the most convincing trial in Milan. He was able to show that breast conservation surgery (removal of the lump with a surrounding 1 cm margin of normal breast tissue) followed by radiation therapy to the rest of the breast in properly selected patients yielded the same results as a complete removal of the breast. I am quite convinced that it is the pathologist in this surgeon who urged him to go for this trial. He had probably seen while looking at the breast as a pathologist that far too much was being done to address small cancers in the breast. Finally, women with breast cancer had a choice…. For more information on breast cancer, please contact Dr Geeta Kadayaprath, Breast Surgeon, Max Cancer Centre, Delhi, India
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Many women with Breast Cancer are candidates for Breast-Conserving Surgery, also called Lumpectomy, Partial Mastectomy or Quadrantectomy. In this type of operation, your Surgeon selectively removes the tumor and leaves the remaining Breast intact. Dr. Geeta Kadayaprath - Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in Delhi

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