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SURGERY FOR BREAST CANCER IS NOT ABOUT REMOVING BREASTS, ALWAYS… ………..And that brings us back to Neena. An MR mammogram was done keeping in view her age and dense breasts. The MR mammogram showed a solitary 2cm lump in upper half of the breast with no significant lymph nodes in the armpit. With this newfound information, I opined that I would offer her breast conservation surgery with oncoplasty (surgical technique to restore shape to the breast) and sentinel lymph node biopsy (few nodes in the armpit sampled guided by radio-isotope and blue dye, sent to pathologist to check for any spread of disease). Her joy knew no bounds and she opted to go ahead with breast conservation surgery. The surgery went off well and fortunately for her, the sentinel node biopsy came back as negative for spread. She did not require all the nodes in the armpit to be removed with its attendant 20% risk of developing arm swelling. Her risk of arm swelling is probably less than 5% now. She was discharged the next day, without any tubes coming out of her body. She was complete in a sense………….and there was really no way to tell she had undergone surgery for breast cancer! For more information on breast cancer, please contact Dr Geeta Kadayaprath, Delhi, India
Swelling on the same arm( lymphedema) as the operated breast is a real possibility in patients of breast cancer who have had lymph nodes removed from the armpit. To learn all that is there to know about lymphedema......preventive measures, exercises, hands on bandaging techniques etc will be discussed with the expert in an interactive workshop on 7th Feb 2015 from 11am to 4pm at Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Patparganj. Please do not miss this opportunity! 
For further details, please contact Dr Geeta Kadayaprath, Head, Breast Surgical Oncology, Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Patparganj
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Swelling on the same arm( lymphedema) as the operated breast is a real possibility in patients of breast cancer who have had lymph nodes removed from the armpit. To learn all that is there to know about lymphedema......preventive measures, exercises, hands on bandaging techniques etc will be discussed with the expert in an interactive workshop on 7th Feb 2015 from 11am to 4pm at Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Patparganj. Please do not miss this opportunity! For further details, please contact Dr Geeta Kadayaprath, Head, Breast Surgical Oncology, Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Patparganj
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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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At the Max Cancer Centre, Sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed for suitable breast cancer patients. This has reduced the risk of lymphedema( arm swelling) significantly. For further details, please contact Dr Geeta Kadayaprath, Head, Breast Surgical Oncology, Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Patparganj
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SURGERY FOR BREAST CANCER IS NOT ABOUT REMOVING BREASTS, ALWAYS… When 32 year old Neena, an HR consultant in an MNC, walked into my clinic, accompanied by her husband and parents, I could sense an air of hopelessness surrounding this good looking young lady. The papers that were laid in front of me carried a needle biopsy report, which confirmed the diagnosis of breast cancer. Fortunately, for her, the size of the lump was about 2cms and there were no lymph nodes that I could feel in the armpit. There was no evidence of spread to the other organs on imaging. I soon realized she had been through the discussion of surgery and she had come to me for a second opinion. I soon found out why she had decided to come for a second opinion. She had been advised a modified radical mastectomy (complete removal of the breast along with the lymph nodes in the armpit). She was a successful career woman with everything going for her till yesterday and today she was grappling with this tough predicament- losing an organ, an integral part of her feminity to cancer- it was almost cruel!.......... ....To be continued.....watch this space for more.......

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